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How to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC Canada)

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.


CEC applications are processed through the Express Entry selection system.


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.

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.


The Canadian Experience Class is for skilled workers who have work experience in Canada and prefer to become permanent residents (PR).

Minimum requirements

You must meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability

  • writing

  • reading

  • listening

  • speaking


have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before you apply—you can meet this in a few different ways:

        full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full-time (1,560 hours)
       equal amount in part-time work: for example 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)


You can work as many part-time jobs as you need to meet this requirement.

full-time work at more than 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than 1 job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
have gained your work experience by working in Canada while under temporary resident status with authorization to work

Your skilled work experience must be paid work including paid wages or earned commission. Volunteer work or unpaid internships do not count.

For part-time work, you can work more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. You can work more than 1 part-time job to get the hours you need to apply.

Any hours worked above 30 hours/week are not counted.

You’re not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if:


  •   you’re a refugee claimant in Canada

  •   you’re working without authorization

  •   your work experience was gained without temporary resident status in Canada

According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:

  managerial jobs (skill level 0)
  professional jobs (skill type A)
  technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)

Your work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A or B jobs.

You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

Self-employment and student work experience

Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (even if you were on a co-op work term) doesn’t count towards the minimum requirements for this program.

Language ability

You must:

  1. meet the minimum language level of:
       Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs or
       Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs
  2.  take approved language tests for:
  3.  describe the test results in your Express Entry profile

Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result and must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.


  • You must be admissible to Canada.

  • You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec.

  • If you’re a Provincial Nominee, you must settle in the province or territory that nominated you.


How to proceed?

  1. Email ( information on whether You would like to sponsor or to be sponsored;

  2. We will review your request and appoint a consultant/lawyer to contact you with the brief assessment;

  3. You decide whether to proceed


All our cases are handled by experienced lawyers and RCIC immigration professionals.

We adhere to the highest standards of client relationship and service.

Click here to fill out the Immigration Assessment Form



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