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I am applying for Express Entry in Canada as a Software Engineer (NOC 2173). In the website it says that this occupation usually requires a university degree. I am ok with that, I got my degree, but I have work experience (outside Canada) since two years before I got my degree. Also, a university degree is not required legally for practicing software development. Many people who are great software developers never went to university.

My question is, should I put my graduation date as the date I first became qualified to practice this occupation? Or should I put the date I started my first job as a software engineer?

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  • It doesn't really matter if you are not applying in a stream where this information is relevant (e.g. skilled trade program) and your degree is not too recent to disqualify you (e.g. less than a year ago). If you are worried, put the information in a letter of explanation.
    – xngtng
    Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 8:16

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