Canada Experience Class (CEC) is an initiative that attracts and retains skilled, talented knowledgeable and well-qualified immigrants to Canada for successful establishment and economic integration as a Permanent Resident.
This program takes into account an applicant’s Canadian experience as a key selection factor when immigrating to Canada.
The new class enables temporary foreign workers who have worked in Canada and international students who have graduated from a program in Canada to file for Permanent immigration to Canada provided they meet all the requirements. It has two main streams:
- Temporary foreign workers and
- Recent International graduates who have studied in Canada.
Temporary Foreign Workers
As a temporary foreign worker one should have obtained at least one year of full time skilled work experience in Canada.
A temporary foreign worker’s application will be assessed based on the following requirements:
- They must plan to live outside the province of Quebec.
- Obtained at least one year of full time skilled work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date.
- Gained work experience with proper authorization and the relevant Skill level NOC O, A or B occupations.
- Language ability either in English or French.
In order to qualify for permanent residence under the Canada Experience Class one must prove their Language ability either in English or French through a Language Test. These requirements vary depending on the skill level of their occupation under the NOC system.
As an International student one should have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution with at least one year of full time managerial, professional, and technical or trade work experience in Canada.
An international student’s application will be assessed based on the following requirements:
- Canadian education of either a certificate, diploma or degree.
- Canadian work experience of at least one year within 24 months of application.
- Language ability either in English or French with CLB 7.
Canadian education means that a graduate should have completed a full time program of two years or one-year Master’s program along with a prior one year of additional education before admission into the program for a total period of two years.
An applicant must have obtained one year of Work Experience in Canada after graduation and within 24 months of the application date. A student can apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit after graduation to obtain the necessary work experience.
In order to qualify for permanent residence under the Canada Experience Class one must prove their Language ability either in English or French through a Language Test.
Please note that work experience gained in Canada without proper work or study authorization or part time work experience during a student’s full time studies will not be counted under the Canadian Experience class. Only work experience gained after graduation can be counted.
An applicant who has met the minimum requirements and is still in Canada on either a Post-Graduate Work Permit or a Temporary Work Permit may apply from within Canada under the Canada Experience Class.
The CEC is an immigration category for Temporary foreign workers and International graduates who wish to become Permanent Residents of Canada.
If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, you have a number of options when applying for Permanent residence status. We are pleased to offer you full assistance in applying to any of these categories.
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