The Canadian Experience Class program allows professionals with Canadian work experience to become a Canadian Permanent Resident.

What is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program?

IRCC introduced the CEC program back in 2008 as a dedicated immigration pathway for applicants with Canadian work experience.

What are the eligibility criteria for the CEC program?

To apply under the CEC program, you will have to fulfill the following criteria:
  • Professional Experience:  
    • Applicants must have at least 12 months work experience in Canada within the last 3 years. The primary work experience and main job duties must fall into NOC 0, A or B.
    • The work experience must be full-time (1,560 hours) or equivalent part-time.
    • You must have legal authorization to live and work in Canada during the period of your demonstrated work experience.
    • Exclusions: You cannot claim any points for the following work experience types:
      • Community works
      • Voluntary works
      • Internships
      • Work experience gained while studying full time in Canada
  • Educational qualifications: There is no minimum requirement for education. However, educational qualifications will contribute toward your total score in the points grid.
  • Language requirement: The minimum language requirements are as follows:
    • If your primary is listed under 0 or A levels, you need to achieve Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 as the minimum. For IELTS (GT), CLB 7 equates to 6.0 in each band.
    • To apply with NOC level B experiences, the minimum language requirement is CLB level 5. For IELTS (GT) CLB 5 equates to 5.0 bands each in Listening, Writing and Speaking and 4.0 in Reading.
  • Miscellaneous factors: 
    • The applicant must not be inadmissible to Canada based for any other reasons. 
    • The applicant must agree to settle outside the province of Quebec after immigration.

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