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Canadian Experience Class Immigration Program

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category for Canada’s foreign workers who wish to become permanent residents.

Temporary foreign workers are ideal candidates for Canadian immigration (permanent residence).

Having obtained Canadian work experience, these individuals have already settled into the Canadian society and established important networks in their communities and their careers.

Canadian Experience Class applications are processed through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada. Eligible candidates must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada, create an online Express Entry profile, and receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence before they may make an application.

CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS IMMIGRATION PROGRAM ( CEC )

CEC requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. They must: Have obtained at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date; and Meet or surpass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”), depending on the level of the job; and Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec (individuals with work experience in Quebec and who plan to reside in Quebec may apply to the Quebec experience class).

Applicants can remain in Canada throughout the application process. However, the Canadian Experience Class is also open to individuals who are no longer in Canada, if they submit their application within three years of leaving their job in Canada.

The Canadian Experience Class requirements are based on a pass or fail model. If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to enter the Express Entry pool. Note: Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) do not count under this program.

International Students

For many international graduates, the Canadian Experience Class may offer the fastest and most simple path to achieving permanent residence. After completing a program or course of study at a Canadian educational institution, many international graduates can remain in the country on post-graduate work permits. If during this time, a graduate obtains at least one year of work in a skilled, professional or technical field, they may then become eligible to enter the Express Entry pool under the Canadian Experience Class.

Additional Options for Foreign Workers

If you are considering applying under the Canadian Experience Class, you may have other additional for Canadian immigration through the various PNP

FAQ

1What is the Canadian Experience Class?
The Canadian Experience Class Program is a category of Canadian immigration under which temporary foreign workers in Canada may qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa.
2What are the eligibility requirements under the Canadian Experience Class?
An individual applying for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class must be a foreign worker who has accumulated a minimum of one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada within the past 36 months. He or she must also intend to settle outside of the Province of Quebec. CEC applications are processed through the Express Entry immigration selection system, and applicants must receive an invitation to apply before they may make an application. Fill out a free assessment form to determine eligibility.
3Can a candidate be invited to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class if he or she intends to live in the Province of Quebec?
Applicants who have work experience in Quebec and intend to settle in Quebec will have to submit their application through the Quebec Experience Class, as Quebec has its own selection process.
44. Can a candidate still qualify for the Canadian Experience Class if he or she is a temporary resident of Quebec?
Yes, all experience within Canada is taken into account provided that the candidate intends to live outside the province of Quebec
5 Does a candidate's work experience have to be related to his or her education in order to be recognized?
For international graduates, work experience does not have to be related to education, as long as the candidate has accumulated the work experience after graduating from an approved Canadian post-secondary educational institution.
6Is a candidate eligible to qualify under the Canadian Experience Class even if he or she has already returned to his or her home country?
Yes, provided that at the time the application is submitted, the candidate has one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years.
7 Can a candidate still qualify for the Canadian Experience Class if he or she has acquired a one-year degree or certificate from an approved Canadian post-secondary educational institution?
When considering education, all candidates must have acquired at least two years of academic study in Canada and must have graduated from an approved Canadian post-secondary educational institution to qualify for the Canadian Experience Class. There is, however an exception to this rule. A candidate would still be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class in the event that he or she has completed a one-year Master’s degree after completing another program that is one year in length and from an approved Canadian post-secondary educational institution. The programs must be completed within two years.
8Are English- or French-as-a-second-language courses counted towards education requirements under the Canadian Experience Class?
No, English- or French-as-a-second language courses do not count toward education requirements under the Canadian Experience Class. However, if a candidate's education in Canada includes a second language component, that education can be counted provided that the second language component does not make up more than half of the course load.
99. Can a potential applicant apply directly for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class?
As of January 1, 2015, candidates who are eligible under the Canadian Experience Class must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada permanently through the Express Entry immigration selection system. Candidates are not able to apply directly to the program. If they are selected from the Express Entry pool and issued an invitation to apply, they may then submit an application for permanent residence.
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