Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

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Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

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    What is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)?

    The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is Canada’s immigration program for permanent resident applicants who already have Canadian work experience. The CEC is one of the three immigration programs that fall under Canada’s Express Entry system, along with the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades program.

    How do I qualify for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)?

    The following are the minimum requirements which must be met to qualify for the Canadian Experience Class:

    Work Experience

    • At least 1 year of full-time Canadian work experience, completed within the last 3 years
    • The National Occupational Classification (NOC) of your work experience must be in TEER level 0, 1, 2, or 3.
    • The work must have been completed while on a valid work permit, and must have been paid
    • Work experience gained while you were a full-time student, or on a co-op work term does not count for this program

    English or French Skills

    • Language test results in English or French are required. The minimum language level required depends on your NOC TEER level
    • If your National Occupational Classification (NOC) is in TEER level 0 or 1, a language level equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 (Either an IELTS General Training score of 6 (with 6 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening), or a CELPIP General score of 7 (with a 7 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
    • If your National Occupational Classification (NOC is in TEER level 3, or 4, a language level equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 5 (Either an IELTS General Training score of 5 (with 5 in writing, speaking, and listening, and 4 in reading), or a CELPIP General score of 5 (with a 5 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
    • Your language test results can not be older than two years from the date of applying for permanent residence.

    Education

    • There is no minimum education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class

    Province of Destination

    • The intention to live in a province or territory other than Quebec.

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of CEC?

    Advantages of CEC

    • There is no settlement funds requirement when applying for permanent residence under the CEC (the funds requirement only applies for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program).
    • Canadian work experience provides a large boost to your CRS score, giving you an advantage in Express Entry
    • Processing times are often fast for the CEC - sometimes as low as 3 months

    Disadvantages of CEC

    • Self-employed work experience is not eligible (if you are self employed, your work may qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program)
    • Work experience gained while you are a full-time student is not eligible

    What are the Steps to Immigrate to Canada through the Canadian Experience Class?

    As the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) requires one year of Canadian work experience, you will first require a Work Permit for Canada. You can qualify for a work permit by obtaining a Canadian job offer. You can also obtain a Study Permit and complete a qualifying post-secondary program in Canada, which will allow you to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit (an open work permit which allows you to work for any employer).

    Meeting the minimum requirements for CEC makes you eligible to enter Canada’s Express Entry System, which manages all permanent residency applications under this program.

    The basic steps for immigration to Canada with CEC are:

    1. Get a Work Permit 
    2. Gain one year of qualifying Canadian work experience
    3. Take the IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF exam, and if your education is from outside of Canada, obtain an Education Credential Assessment (while there is no educational requirement for CEC, you will get credit for your education in Express Entry)
    4. Submit an Express Entry Profile on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website, and receive your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
    5. If needed, take steps to increase your CRS score, such as improving your language level, or obtaining a nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program.
    6. Wait for an Express Entry draw that gives you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from IRCC. Draws are generally held every 2 or 3 weeks.
    7. Submit your Application for Permanent Residence (APR) to IRCC. You have 60 days from the date of the ITA to electronically submit your application.

     

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