The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a permanent resident category. It was developed for temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates with qualifying Canadian skilled work experience.
This fast-track immigration category via express entry was designed to allow people who met a minimum language requirement and obtained at least one year of skilled work experience in the country to transition to permanent residence and eventually Canadian citizenship.
Unlike many other programs, the Canadian Experience Class was created to allow an applicant’s experience in Canada to be considered as a key selection factor when applying for permanent residence.
The first step is to complete an Express Entry profile to immigrate to Canada permanently as a skilled worker under the Canadian Experience Class.
The minimum requirements to qualify under the CEC program include:
- At least 12 months of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last three years (before you apply), in full-time OR an equal amount in part-time work.
- Gain your work experience in Canada with the proper legal authorization.
- Meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability writing, reading, listening and speaking
- Plan to live outside the province of Quebec.
Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (such as on a co-op work term) doesn’t count under this program.
Skilled work experience must fall within the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) levels O, A and B.
- Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)
- Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)
- Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)
Once your profile is submitted, you wait to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence. You'll be invited only if you're among the top ranked in the express entry pool based on your skills and experience.