Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

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The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a permanent resident category for individuals with skilled work experience in Canada. It was developed for temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates with qualifying Canadian work experience.

Canadian Experience Class or CEC applications are processed through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada. Eligible candidates must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada, create an online Express Entry profile, and receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence before they may make an application.

Do you Qualify?

In order to qualify under the Canadian Experience Class, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply;
  • Have gained your experience in Canada with the proper authorization;
  • Meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening); and
  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec. Please note that the province of Quebec does not use Express Entry. They select their own skilled workers.

You should also be aware that self-employment and/or work experience gained while you were a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under this program.

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