Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class, (CEC), will allow certain highly skilled temporary workers and international students, already living in Canda to remain in Canada while they apply for permanent residence without having to file their applications abroad.
It is a permanent resident category for workers or graduates with Canadian work experience who are familiar with Canada’s society and job market, have knowledge of English or French and have the skills to make a successful transition to temporary and permanent residence in Canada.
- The program is limited to those who have legally entered Canada. Undocumented workers and those without continued legal status will not have access to the program.
- It is limited to those candidates with work experience defined by the National Occupational Classification NOC Levels of 0, A and B.
- The selection criteria are based on an assessment of an applicant’s successful labour market integration. Criteria include a mix of Canadian educational credentials, work experience in Canada and language proficiency in either of Canada’s official languages.
- Valid status in Canada is required at the time of an application
- at least a moderate language proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages documented by IELTS and/or TEF, is also required
- No proof of funds is required
- For recent graduates at Canadian post-secondary institutions, they must have completed at least 2 years of post-secondary study program at the institution qualifying for post-graduate work permit and at least 12 months of work experience in Canada acquired after graduation (but within 2 years prior to CEC application) and exclusively in NOC Skill Levels 0, A or B.
- For work permit holders - at least secondary school diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship required plus 2 years of full time work experience in Canada in skills level 0, A or B acquired within 3 years prior to CEC application.