Canadian Experience Class (CEC)


A permanent residence category for people who have already made a name for themselves as talented professionals in Canada is called the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Foreign workers and students can enter Canada under the CEC program. The Canadian Experience Class can be the quickest route to Canadian permanent residence for many foreign graduates. Increasing the supply of skilled people in Canada is one of the CEC’s goals. Please be aware that any work experience obtained in Canada without a valid work visa will not be taken into account. This program does not recognize self-employment or work experience that was acquired while you were a full-time student (such as during a co-op work period). Processing a CEC application will take some time. If your work permit expires in four months or less and you are actively employed in Canada and have applied for permanent residence under the CEC class, you may qualify for a bridging open work permit. This means that while IRCC decides whether to approve your application for permanent residency, you can continue to work. Shreehari Immigration Consultants are guides to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program.

Foreign nationals will be chosen using the Express Entry System as of January 1, 2015, and they must first get an invitation before applying. Applicants are permitted to stay in Canada during the application process. However, those who have left Canada are also eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if they apply within three years of quitting their job there.

To qualify for the CEC through Express Entry, you must have:

1. a minimum of 12 months of recent, specialized work experience in Canada (prior to application). Full-time OR an equal quantity of part-time work was required.

2. secured employment in Canada with the required authorization

3. pass an authorized language test and fulfill the conditions

4. planning to relocate outside of Quebec

You must have Canadian skilled job experience within three years of applying to be eligible for the CEC. Skilled job experience is defined by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) as follows:

1. Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)

2. Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)

3. Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)

Your experience must be at least

1. 30 hours per week for 12 weeks equals one year of full-time employment (1,560 hours), OR

2. equal number of part-time hours, like:

1 year of full-time employment (15 hours per week) equates to 1,560 hours.

If you work 30 hours each week for 12 months at many jobs, that comes out to 1,560 hours per year.

3. IRCC may reject your application if your experience doesn’t align with the duties and job description requirements outlined in the NOC.

Please be aware that the majority of applications must be submitted with government application processing fees to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

To discover out if you qualify to move forward with a CEC application under Express Entry or a bridging open work permit, schedule a consultation with a professional immigration expert.

Advantages of CEC


The advantages of CEC are plentiful. Not only does it reward your hard-earned Canadian work experience, but it also streamlines the immigration process, making it easier and faster to become a permanent resident. To be eligible for CEC, you must meet specific requirements, including work experience, language proficiency, and legal status. We’ll break down these requirements so you can better understand what is expected of you. Comparing CEC to other immigration pathways can help you make an informed decision about which program is the best fit for your Canadian dream. We’ll highlight the unique benefits of CEC that set it apart from other options.

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