Canadian Experience Class

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program

Are You a Foreign Worker or an International Student in Canada?

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program is designed to offer international students and temporary foreign workers the opportunity to apply for permanent residency in Canada after completing one year of work in the country. Applicants are required to fully qualify for the CEC program and apply through the Express Entry (EE) protocol.

Direct applications to the CEC program are not accepted. Instead, candidates must compete with a diverse pool of applicants from various programs, undergo ranking, selection, and then receive invitations to apply.

So you’re an international student or a temporary foreign worker in Canada and want to apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), here’s what you need to do:

  1. Create an Express Entry Profile: The first step is to create an online profile through the Express Entry system. This profile will include information about your skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other relevant details.
  2. Enter the Pool: Once your profile is created, you’ll enter a pool of candidates along with others applying for permanent residency through various programs. Your profile will be ranked using a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which assesses different factors.
  3. Receive CRS Score: Your CRS score will be calculated based on factors like age, education, language proficiency, work experience in Canada, and other criteria.
  4. Wait for Draws: The Canadian government regularly conducts draws from the pool of candidates. In these draws, candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residency.
  5. Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA): If your CRS score is above the cutoff set in a particular draw, you’ll receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Once you receive the ITA, you can proceed with the application process.
  6. Submit Permanent Residency Application: After receiving the ITA, you’ll have a specific period to submit your complete application for permanent residency. This involves providing necessary documents and fulfilling all requirements specified by the Canadian government.

Remember, the process involves competition with other applicants, and meeting the eligibility criteria is essential.

A well-prepared initial application is crucial to progressing to the second round, where you can apply for permanent residence.

Have you Worked in Canada for a Year?

The Canadian Experience Class should be of interest to any Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada now, or international student who has studied here and worked in Canada for one year after graduating.  If you’ve already worked in Canada for a year or will reach this milestone soon, you may be eligible now.

For upcoming graduates, it’s crucial to make informed career choices, understand recent changes in the CEC program, and anticipate future modifications that may affect qualification criteria. Selecting the right job in the appropriate National Occupation Code (NOC) level and completing the correct language proficiency test are vital steps. Additionally, if there’s a need to extend your work permit through employer sponsorship in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process, it’s essential to inform your employer about the necessary considerations in advance.

80% of our recent CEC inquiries involve reapplications due to small oversights that led to refusals. Avoiding such pitfalls is crucial, as disqualification in the Express Entry round may bar you from reapplying for a year or, in severe cases, result in a 5-year ban if Canada Immigration and Citizenship (IRCC) feels you misrepresented any important fact.

Request an Assessment for the Canadian Experience Class

Reach out to us for a detailed consultation to assess your eligibility for immigration to Canada under the CEC category. Kindly fill out our Canadian Experience Class Assessment Form below, and we’ll promptly provide our assessment, along with an invitation to meet with us. All inquiries are confidential.

You can also contact us to schedule an in-office consultation, or if you’re not near our offices, we can arrange a phone or Skype consultation. We look forward to the possibility of meeting you soon, either in person or over the phone, and assisting you in making your immigration journey a success!

CEC Highlights

Here is a brief summary of what you need to know for your Canadian Experience Class application:

  • You must have worked in an occupation in an occupation classified in TEER 0, 1,2, or 3 of the “National Occupation Classification” (NOC).
  • You must qualify fully in this program based on your Canadian education and or work history in a qualifying occupation.
  • You must have completed your English or French Language Proficiency Test, with scores (not older than 2 years from application date) in hand.
  • You must not have any serious health issues, or a criminal record that would make you inadmissible to Canada.
  • If you are chosen in the EE protocol, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and you will have exactly 60 days to submit a complete perfected application and all supporting documents.
  • Having one qualifying year of Canadian work experience and applying for EE does not mean you will be chosen, as you will be ranked among ALL of the applicants who have entered the EE pool, and those with the highest CRS scores will be chosen first.
  • You may have to have your Education Credentials Assessment done in future, prior to applying. (This has not been formalized as a requirement as of yet.)
  • Once you are approved for the CEC, you may apply for Express Entry