The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is for people to apply for permanent residence who are already or have previously been in Canada and worked in a skilled occupation for a Canadian employer for a minimum period of 1 year.
- You must have completed 1 year of paid work experience in Canada with a Canadian employer within the previous 3 years.
- The experience must have been under a skilled occupation which falls under skill type 0,A or B in the National Occupation Classification Matrix (NOC)
- Your work experience consisted of a minimum period of 30 hours per week for duration of 1 year or more or the equivalent in part-time experience.
- Your work experience cannot be not self-employed such as a sub-contractor or entrepreneur
The minimum language requirement is based on the occupation you are applying under.
If your occupation falls under NOC 0 or A you must have a minimum Canadian language benchmark 7 (CLB7). Please see equivalency table below.
|NOC 0 or A||Minimum CLB Required||IELTS||CELPIP|
If your occupation falls under NOC B you must have a minimum Canadian language benchmark 5 (CLB5). Please see equivalency table below.
|NOC B||Minimum CLB Required||IELTS||CELPIP|
Note: Your language exam is valid for 2 years from the date you have taken the test. If 2 years have passed since you took the test, you will need to retake the language proficiency exam.
There are no education requirements for the Canadian Experience Class. However, having previous education (especially within Canada) will increase your CRS points in Express Entry and will increase the likelihood of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA).
Canadian Experience Class is the path to PR that most former international students who are graduates of Canadian colleges and universities use.
Settlement funds are not required under the Canadian Experience Class.
Intent to Immigrate to Canada
You must intend to permanently immigrate to any Canadian Province other than Quebec.
Admissible to Canada
In additional to the CEC criteria, you and your family member must not be criminally or medically inadmissible to Canada. This means that you cannot become a permanent resident under the Canadian Experience Class if you have criminal convictions unless you have received a pardon from the Parole Board of Canada or a confirmation of Criminal Rehabilitation from IRCC.
To determine your eligibility and calculate your CRS points score, contact us: