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Canadian Experience Class

Welcome to our website page dedicated to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), an exceptional pathway for individuals seeking permanent residence in Canada. The CEC is designed for foreign nationals who have gained valuable work experience in Canada and wish to transition to permanent residency. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the program, its requirements, and the benefits it offers. Our immigration law firm is committed to providing expert guidance and support as you navigate the Canadian Experience Class program.

What is the Canadian Experience Class?

The Canadian Experience Class is a federal immigration program that aims to attract individuals who have gained skilled work experience in Canada. It recognizes the value of this experience and provides a pathway to permanent residence for eligible candidates. To be eligible, you must have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years. This work experience must have been obtained while legally residing in Canada, and it should fall under certain National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels.

Benefits of the Canadian Experience Class:

The Canadian Experience Class offers several benefits to eligible candidates:

  1. Streamlined Process: The CEC is part of the Express Entry system, which means the application process is streamlined and efficient. Candidates with Canadian work experience can benefit from quicker processing times and a simplified pathway to permanent residence.

  2. Canadian Work Experience Advantage: By having Canadian work experience, candidates have already integrated into the Canadian labor market and society. This experience is highly valued by Canadian employers and immigration authorities, increasing the chances of successful integration and career advancement in Canada.

  3. No Job Offer Requirement: Unlike some other immigration programs, the Canadian Experience Class does not require candidates to have a job offer from a Canadian employer to be eligible for permanent residence. This allows individuals to have more flexibility and independence in pursuing their career goals in Canada.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. One Year of Skilled Work Experience: Candidates must have at least 12 months of full-time (or equivalent part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years. The work experience must be in an occupation classified under certain NOC skill levels.

  2. Language Proficiency: Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English or French, the two official languages of Canada. This is typically done through language test results from an approved testing organization.

  3. Education Requirements: While there are no specific education requirements for the Canadian Experience Class, having a higher level of education can positively contribute to your overall profile and increase your chances of being selected.

  4. Intention to Reside Outside Quebec: The Canadian Experience Class is applicable for individuals who intend to reside in any Canadian province or territory other than Quebec. Quebec has its own selection criteria and immigration programs.


The Canadian Experience Class provides a remarkable opportunity for individuals with Canadian work experience to transition to permanent residence in Canada. With a streamlined application process and various benefits, this program offers a straightforward pathway to fulfilling your immigration goals. Our immigration law firm is here to guide you through the Canadian Experience Class, ensuring a smooth and successful journey towards permanent residency in Canada. Contact us today to learn more and take the first step towards your future in Canada.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category for Canada’s foreign workers who wish to become permanent residents.

Temporary foreign workers are ideal candidates for Canadian immigration (permanent residence). Having obtained Canadian work experience, these individuals have already settled into the Canadian society and established important networks in their communities and their careers.

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.

CEC Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. They 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 with work experience in Quebec and 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.

The Canadian Experience Class requirements are based on a pass-or-fail model. If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.

Note: Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) do not count under this program.

A Popular Option For International Students

For many international graduates, the Canadian Experience Class may offer the fastest and most simple path to achieving permanent residence. After completing a program or course of study at a Canadian educational institution, many international graduates are able to remain in the country on post-graduate work permits.

If during this time, a graduate obtains at least one year of work in a skilled, professional or technical field, they may then become eligible to enter the Express Entry pool under the Canadian Experience Class.

Additional options for Foreign Workers

If you are considering applying under the Canadian Experience Class, you may have other additional for Canadian immigration through the various Provincial Nominee Programs. Contact us for more information about the Canadian Experience Class.

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