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Canadian Experience Class

If you have worked in Canada on a full-time basis for a year or part-time in equivalence, you may qualify for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stream. Watch this video for more information. Then, we invite you to fill out our immigration assessment form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.

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|| What is Canadian Experience class (CEC) ? ||

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program aimed to help temporary foreign workers and foreign students to apply their work experience and education gained in Canada towards their permanent residency applications. The CEC supports the transition from a temporary status to permanent status taking into account the time that the international student or skilled worker spent in the Canadian workforce.

If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to apply to this program.

|| Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Requirements ||

In order to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class you must:

  • meet the required language ability CLB levels needed for your job or NOC.
  • have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before you apply. The work experience must be full-time or an equal amount in part-time
  • have gained your work experience by working in Canada legally

How CEC is calculated

Your skilled work experience must be a paid work including paid wages or earned commission. Volunteer work or unpaid internships are not counted. For part-time work, 15 hours/week for 24 months as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. You can work more than 1 part-time job to get the hours you need to apply! Any hours you work above 30 hours/week doesn’t count.

According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification, skilled work experience means:

Those not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class include:

  • refugee claimants in Canada
  • working without authorization
  • work experience gained without temporary resident status in Canada

Your work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A or B jobs

Educational Requirements for CEC

The CEC has no educational requirement, although having a Canadian certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian Institution or having your foreign educational credential assessed to the Canadian equivalency, can increase your CRS score.

Language Requirements for CEC

You must meet the minimum language level of:

  • Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR
  • Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs

by taking approved language tests for:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • speaking

You will be required to input the test results in your Express Entry profile. The validity of your language tests are for 2 years after the date of the test result and must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.

Steps to apply for CEC

Benefits of Using a Professional Immigration Professional for Your CEC Application

Due to the tremendous opportunity such a visa allows its applicant, the rate of application is extremely high and not all that apply may be accepted. While the CEC Application procedure has its advantages, there are many difficult aspects to the application that must be addressed in order to have a successful case. The application forms, procedures, and documentation must be handled perfectly from start to finish.

Each year, Canada offers countless immigrants the opportunity of realizing their dreams through the trades and education they have acquired during their time in Canada. This can be you, but only if you take the proper steps to achieve your goals. 

We have helped thousands of skilled workers and students to successfully obtain permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class program. Our experienced immigration lawyers will be able to assess your case and recommend a course of action to best serve your needs.

Why you should apply for CEC in 2021

Canada is inviting thousands of foreign workers in Canada to apply for the Express Entry Canadian Experience Class. If you have a year of experience of work in Canada you could qualify for this program which would let you become a Permanent Resident of Canada extremely fast. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the Express Entry pool has frequently targeted CEC applicants so now is the time to apply!

Not only does the Canadian experience gain your extra points on your CRS Score, but you also don’t need to show proof of sufficient funds, and you can expect faster processing!

|| Get in touch with us today ||

The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at +1.416.417.1903 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.

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