The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of three federal programs managed through Express Entry. Foreign skilled workers who have Canadian work experience may be eligible to apply for permanent residence on this basis.
Applicants must meet a series of requirements in order to be considered for the CEC. The initial eligibility assessment requires that the applicant:
The applicant is required to have at least 1 year of Canadian skilled work experience in order to qualify for CEC. The applicant is given a three-year window to complete this from the day the application is submitted. It is important to note that such experience must have been attained legally along with accepted government authorization. The applicant will satisfy this requirement if they have:
Note: self-employed or student work experience will not be accepted
CEC applicants are required to provide evidence that their skilled work experience falls within one of the categories listed in the 2016 National Occupation Classification (NOC). Applicants may be eligible if their work experience falls under one of the following categories:
To see these occupations and their official definitions, visit this site.
Although the CEC does not require an educational background, having one is considered an advantage. Specifically, applicants have a greater chance of approval if they have obtained:
CEC applicants are required to take a language proficiency test approved by the Canadian government.
English and French are the official languages in Canada. Applicants can choose to complete either an English or French proficiency test. They may also opt to both tests in order to increase their chance of approval. The language tests will evaluate the applicant’s abilities in:
Test results must be included in the applicant’s Express Entry profile and must have been obtained within the first two years of taking the test. CEC applicants must obtain the necessary Canadian Language Benchmark Level pertaining to their NOC skill type. The language ability expectations and requirements may vary depending on the specific eligible occupation as listed in the CEC. For example, if the applicant:
Please note that it is possible for applicants to incorporate their partner (either spouse or common-law) along with their application. The partner who meets the requirements (as seen above) is recommended to fill out the application as the primary applicant.
If you are an employer interested in hiring through the Canadian Experience Class, please contact us for more information.
If you are a candidate who would like to confirm whether you qualify for immigration to Canada through the Canadian Experience Class, please complete our free online evaluation form here.
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