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Canadian Experience Class Immigration Program

Canadian Experience Class Immigration Program

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is to be used by Canada's foreign workers willing to become permanent residents.

It is difficult to a find better and more affordable way for permanent residence in Canada than by obtaining Canadian work experience, as they have already started their career in this country by entering Canadian labour market. 

The authorities process Canadian Experience Class applications through the Express Entry selection system [pls link to file “DONE Express Entry_Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)_VH”] for immigration to Canada. The candidates who are eligible for the program first have to make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada, make up an online Express Entry profile and then receive an Invitation to Apply [pls link to file “Done_ Express Entry_Invitation To Apply For Permanent Residence_VH”]for permanent residence in order to file an application.  

CEC requirements

There is a certain list of requirements to be met by the applicants: 

  • To be employed in Canada for minimum 1 year within 36 months before an application date at a position of skilled, professional or technical worker. 

  • To demonstrate a required level of language, i.e. a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 ("initial intermediate") or 7 ("adequate intermediate proficiency"), depending on the job language requirements; and 

  • To have the intention to reside and work outside of the province of Quebec (or apply to the Quebec Experience Class [pls link to file “DONE Quebec Experience Class_VH”] if you want to live and work in Quebec).

The Canadian Experience Class is open for both types of applicants: 

  • Those, who stay in Canada while the application is processed; and

  • Those, who are outside Canada if they have submitted the application within the period of 3 years after leaving their employment already found in this country. 

Due to the requirements of the Canadian Experience Class, the applicant becomes eligible to enter the Express Entry pool even if he/she scores the minimum. 

Note: Working as a full-time student and self- employment are not taken into account under this program.

A Popular Option for International Students

The Canadian Experience Class is the quickest and easiest way to gain permanent residence by many international graduates. It is possible for them to remain in the country on post-graduate work permits when they have completed a program or took a course at an educational institution in Canada. 

Additional Options for Foreign Workers

Provincial Nominee Programs provide various ways for Canadian immigration under the Canadian Experience Class. 

Find out more information on Canadian Experience Class process [pls connect to file “Done Canadian Experience Class Proces_VH”].