How to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Experience Class Program

Canadian Experience Class, shortly CEC is an immigration program assisting foreign workers and foreign students to apply their work experience and education towards their applications for residency. Having obtained Canadian work/education experience, these individuals have already lived in Canadian society and established vital connections.


Canadian Experience Class 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.

If minimum requirements are met, You are eligible to apply under the terms of this program.

Once Your application is reviewed by the immigration officer, You may be required to attend an interview.

The applicant will also need to take a medical exam and pay a Right of Permanent Residence fee in order to have the PR card issued.

Why immigration assistance is crucial when dealing with this kind of applications?

You must know that the volume of these types of applications is extremely high. There are many complicated aspects to the application: the forms, procedures, and all the other documentation must be handled in a professional and timely manner from start to finish.




The applicants must:

•  Have obtained at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date; and

•  Meet or surpass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 ("initial intermediate") or 7 ("adequate intermediate proficiency"), depending on the level of the job; and

•  Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec (individuals who plan to reside in Quebec may apply to the Quebec Experience Class).

Applicants can remain in Canada throughout the application process. However, the Canadian Experience Class is also open to individuals who are no longer in Canada, provided that they submit their application within three years of leaving their job in Canada.

Self-employment & work experience gained while you were a full-time student does not count under this program.

A great option for  International students - the Canadian Experience Class Program may offer the fastest way to obtaining permanent residence.

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

  • at least 12 months of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last three years (before you apply). The work was:

    • full-time OR

    • an equal amount in part-time

  • gained your work experience in Canada with the proper authorization

  • meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability

    • writing

    • reading

    • listening

    • speaking

  • planned to live outside the province of Quebec


Skilled work experience

To be eligible for the CEC, you need to have Canadian skilled work experience within three years of applying. According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:

  • Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)

  • Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)

  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)

Your experience must be at least

  • 12 months of full-time work

    • 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours), OR

  • equal amount in part-time hours, such as:

    • 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

    • 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than one job = 1-year full time (1,560 hours)

You must show that you did the duties set out in the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the main duties listed.

If you don’t show that your experience meets the description in the NOC, it will not be accepted.


There is no education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class. But you can earn points for your education under Express Entry, if:

  • you went to school in Canada, and have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:

    • secondary (high school) or

    • post-secondary school

  • you have foreign education, and you have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an approved agency showing that your foreign education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma, or degree  from a Canadian:

    • secondary (high school) or

    • post-secondary school

You'll only benefit from getting an ECA if your foreign education is equal to a completed Canadian high school diploma or greater.


Language ability

You must:

  • meet the minimum language level of:

    • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR

    • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for NOC B jobs

  • take a language test approved by us that shows you meet the level for:

    • writing

    • reading

    • listening

    • speaking

You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test results when you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence or you will need to retake the test.

Principal applicant

The person who is invited to apply and submits an application is the “principal applicant.” If you're married or live with a common-law foreign national partner in Canada, and that person also meets the requirements, either or both of you can fill out an Express Entry profile.

A common-law partner is a person who has lived with you in a marriage-like relationship for at least one year. Common-law partner refers to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

Other requirements: 

  • You must be admissible to Canada

  • You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec



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2. We review your email/documents and appoint a consultant/lawyer to contact you with the brief assessment


3. You decide whether to proceed.


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