Canadian Experience Class in 2023

Managed by the Canadian government, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program enables foreign workers with valuable work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency. The program is geared towards attracting skilled workers who have already contributed to the Canadian economy and are likely to successfully settle in the country. As part of the Express Entry Program, CEC is one of three immigration programs, the others being the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Benefits of Canadian Experience Class

Quicker route to permanent residence

Quicker route to permanent residence

The CEC is a program that allows for the relatively quick acquisition of permanent residence in Canada. Applications should be processed within 3–4 months on average, which is quicker than other immigration programs.

Work experience in Canada counts towards eligibility

Work experience in Canada counts towards eligibility

To be eligible for CEC, applicants must have a minimum of one year of skilled work experience in Canada, which also adds to their CRS points. This implies that the duration of employment in Canada can be counted towards meeting the requirements for permanent residency, making it easier for skilled foreign workers to qualify.

Access to Canadian social services and benefits

Access to Canadian social services and benefits

CEC applicants and their families have the right to use Canadian social services and benefits, such as healthcare, education, and social security, as long as they are permanent residents.

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Route to citizenship

After obtaining permanent residency through the CEC, candidates may finally submit an application for citizenship. This enables individuals to take use of all the privileges that come with becoming a citizen of Canada, such as the ability to vote and run for public office.

Requirements for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program

  • Minimum one year of work experience in a skilled position in Canada within the last three years is required (at least 30 hours per week for a full year or a total of 1,560 hours), or an equivalent amount of part-time work (totaling up to 1,560 hours) or full-time work in multiple jobs. The work experience must be in a skilled occupation, categorized as Skill Levels 0, A, or B according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French, typically through a language proficiency test such as the IELTS or CELPIP (Canadian English Language Competence Index Program).
  • Must intend to reside outside of Quebec.
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The Procedure to apply for the CEC Program

  • Get your Canadian work permit—it is essential for this program—and you will be able to work in Canada if you have one.
  • Get some experience working in Canada: To be eligible for this program, you must have worked in Canada for at least one year.
  • Satisfy the minimal eligibility requirements (mentioned above).
  • Create your Express Entry profile: You may now create your Express Entry profile and get into the Express Entry pool by entering your credentials.
  • If you meet the most recent CRS score cut-off, you will receive an ITA in the most recent round of invitations.
  • Apply for a Canada PR visa: You will have 60 days to submit your application together with all necessary supporting documentation, such as a PCC and medical records.
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