The Canadian Experience Class program is for candidates who have recent Canadian work experience and want to attain a permanent Residency in Canada. Candidates applying under this program usually get their visa processed within three to four months, making this program one of the fasted routes to Canadian permanent residence.
Managed under the Express Entry system, the Canadian Experience Class ranks candidates using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Those who meet the cut-off scores receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, a candidate must fulfil the eligibility requirements as listed below:
- The applicant should have at least 12-months of full-time (or an equivalent amount of part-time) skilled work experience in Canada, acquired within the previous three years, from the date of applying.
- The candidate’s employment duties in Canada should fall under the NOC Code Skill Level 0, A, or B.
- The work experience should be paid and lawfully obtained
- A CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level 7 in English/ French for NOC skill level 0/A jobs or CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.
- The applicant should intend to stay outside of the province of Quebec.
Candidates who meet the above-listed requirements are considered eligible and can create & submit an Express Entry profile for the Canadian Experience Class program. However, candidates also need to qualify the basic admissibility requirements of Canada.
Students who are studying from a Canadian University or are working in the nation can get permanent residence in Canada under the Canada Experience Class program. Under this program, the immigration department takes into account the student’s period of stay and experience and opens doors to settle permanently in the country.
For Canadian Experience Class candidates there are three distinct advantages, and one possible disadvantage, under Express Entry.
- Canadian Experience Class candidates have built up at least one year of Canadian work experience. This is a highly-valued factor under the CRS, and, as such, gives these applicants access to CRS points for their Canadian experience.
- Because the required documentation is minimal, Canadian Experience Class applications are processed quickly, often within three to four months.
- Applicants under the Canadian Experience Class are not required to show proof of settlement funds, as FSWC and FSTC candidates are.
- Even if you are eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class, there is no guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply. If your CRS score is below the cut-off required to receive an invitation, consult our guide on how to increase your CRS score.
Yes, you can apply under the CEC program as long as you meet the basic eligibility requirements.
The CEC program does not require proof of funds or any document regarding your finances.