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I have been working in Canada for the last 6 months but didn’t get points for work experience. Why not?

If you’re a physician with Canadian work experience

We introduced a temporary public policy for foreign national physicians who

  • were invited to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry on or after April 25, 2023, and submitted an application
  • have work experience in providing publicly funded medical services in Canada (such as fee-for-service work)
  • aren’t eligible for the Canadian experience class because they’re self-employed

We now count this work experience as Canadian work experience.

When you complete your profile, to make it possible for your work experience to count as Canadian work experience, do not check the “Self-employed work” checkbox under Work experience in Canada.

Under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to be awarded points for skilled work experience, you must have been:

  • legally allowed to work in Canada in one or more jobs listed in TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification
  • working full-time (or an equal amount of part-time) work, meaning 30 hours of work per week, and
  • working for at least 1 year in the 10-year period before the day we assign you points.

We do not count work experience if you were:

  • studying full-time while you were working,
  • self-employed, or
  • not legally allowed to work in Canada.

Please note: Work experience does not need to be continuous to get points under the CRS. But, to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must have at least one year of continuous full-time paid work experience, either in Canada or abroad.

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