The Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry) is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become Canadian permanent residents.
Canada has various Economic Immigration programs designed to bring immigrants who can establish themselves economically in the country. The Canadian Experience Class is one of such programs and it is processed through the Express Entry system.
CEC is a popular option for temporary foreign workers and international graduates who are gaining Canadian work experience.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
The Canadian Experience Class is also one of the fastest routes to Canadian permanent residence, taking as little as three to four months to process.
In addition, candidates with Canadian experience are able to obtain more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points under Express Entry. This increases their chances of obtaining permanent residence.
And unlike the other two Express Entry programs, candidates who succeed under the CEC do not need to demonstrate to IRCC that they have settlement funds to support themselves financially upon obtaining permanent residence.
Canada’s Express Entry draws have focused in recent times on inviting candidates who are already likely to be in Canada by targeting CEC and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) candidates. This is because the pandemic related travel restrictions hindered overseas candidates approved after March 18, 2020 from travelling to Canada to complete their permanent residency landing. See for example Canada invites another 6,000 CEC candidates for PR in June 24 Express Entry draw.
Eligibility to apply for the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry)
To be eligible to apply, a candidate must meet the following program requirements.
When you fill out your profile, we’ll ask you where you plan to live in Canada. You don’t have to settle in that province or territory.
Very importantly, if you’re a Provincial Nominee, you must settle in the province or territory that nominated you.
Become Eligible for the CEC as an International Student
International students who go on to graduate from an eligible educational program in Canada are the main group of individuals who gain permanent residence through the CEC.
For instance, here is the most common way to obtain Canadian permanent residence through the CEC as an international student:
1: Complete your educational program at a Canadian designated learning institution.
2: Go to IRCC and apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
3: With your PGWP, obtain at least 1,560 hours of Canadian work experience in a NOC 0, A, or B job.
4: Take an English or French language test designated by IRCC and obtain the minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) requirement (a CLB 7 for NOC 0 and A work experience and CLB 5 for NOC B work experience).
5: Enter the Express Entry pool. If you secure an invitation to apply, IRCC will aim to process your permanent residence application within six months.
Become Eligible for the CEC as a Temporary Foreign Worker
Temporary foreign workers can become eligible for the Canadian Experience Class program after obtaining one year of professional work experience in Canada.
For example the most common way to obtain Canadian permanent residence through the CEC as a temporary foreign worker:
1: Get a Canadian work permit.
2: Obtain at least 1,560 hours of Canadian work experience in a NOC 0, A, or B job.
3: Take an English or French language test designated by IRCC and obtain the minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) requirement (a CLB 7 for NOC 0 and A work experience and CLB 5 for NOC B work experience).
4: Enter the Express Entry pool. If you secure an invitation to apply, IRCC will aim to process your permanent residence application within six months.