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Canadian Experience Class Program

Canadian Experience Class Program

The Canadian Experience Class is a designed to encourage international students and temporary foreign workers to apply for permanent residence status from within Canada.For qualified candidates the CEC program can be a fast option for obtaining Canadian permanent residence, and with it, the right to live and work in Canada permanently.

Unlike the other immigration programs, the Canadian Experience Class does not use a points system. The program looks at what work experience or what type of education the applicant already has.

Canadian Experience Class requirements

To be eligible to apply, a candidate must meet the following program requirements;

  • Have obtained at least one year of full-time skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date. Self-Employment or work experience gained while being a full-time student does not count.
  • The job experience is in a Managerial job (NOC skill level 0), Professional job (NOC skill type A), Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)
  • Meet the minimum language score of CLB 5 or CLB 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark, depending on the level of the job
  • Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec

The Canadian Experience Class will allow the transition from temporary residence to permanent residence.
Applicants can remain in Canada throughout the application process or apply from elsewhere within one year of leaving their job in Canada.