Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a stream within the Express Entry system designed to help temporary foreign workers and post-graduate foreign workers receive their Permanent Residency in Canada. By being assessed based on their work experience in Canada, they show that they are willing to and have contributed to Canada’s economy, and because they are a benefit to Canada, they are a desired addition to Canadian society.
Who is Eligible for Canadian Experience Class?
To be eligible to apply for this program, you must meet or exceed the following requirements:
• You have at least 12 months (or one year total) of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work (1560 hours), in the three years before submitting your application;
• You have been in Canada and worked here legally;
• You plan to live in any province other than Quebec (see Immigrating to Quebec);
• You meet the language level requirement in English and/or French.
Work Experience Required for Canadian Experience Class
Your work experience must be paid, full-time work experience that you gained while you were in Canada. To be considered full-time you must be employed at least 30 hours per week. This work experience typically must be in an occupation which is designated NOC 0 (managerial occupations), NOC A (professional occupations), or NOC B (skilled trades and technical occupations).
Periodically, some occupations within these categories have been made ineligible for the program, normally because there are too many workers in that particular field applying for the CEC program. We can help you determine whether you are eligible. Call us to book a free consultation and find out what the latest rules are.
Language Level Required for Canadian Experience Class
To be eligible for CEC you must be able to meet basic language requirements. For applicants whose work experience is in NOC 0, and A occupations, a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 is required in each of the four categories tested (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); for NOC B the requirement is lowered to CLB 5.
A Good Choice for International Students
Are you an international student? CEC is a good option for you to consider. With the ability to obtain a post-graduate work permit after your studies end, you can more easily gain the necessary work experience and increase your language ability through study and immersion. It is important to note that Co-op work, other placement work, or part-time work done while still enrolled in school does not count towards the work experience requirement – only your employment experience after graduating counts for this purpose.
How to Apply
Once you determine that you are eligible to apply to the CEC program, you will need to submit an Express Entry profile to CIC, who will automatically determine that you qualify for the CEC stream based on the details you submit in the EE profile. You can find out more info on the Express Entry page. If you don’t know if you are eligible for Express Entry, you can find out using our handy Express Entry Calculator, or book a free consultation with us.
Things to Consider
One thing to consider is how many applications run into problems due to simple technical errors. For instance, when submitting your application, you are asked for your profession, in the form of an NOC code. NOC codes are often very specific in the duties they describe for an occupation, and sometimes the things you actually do in your occupation are not such a perfect fit to the NOC with that job title. In some cases your job would actually suit a different classification than what its title seems to describe. In these and similar cases it is helpful to have someone who knows the system well and can ensure that small things like these don’t result in your application being refused. And, in a worst case scenario, they can appeal the refusal of your application in court. These are just some of the benefits of hiring an immigration lawyer.
Call us to book a free consultation and find out how we can help you get your permanent residency today.
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