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Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a program under Canada’s Express Entry system, which is designed for individuals who have already gained skilled work experience in Canada. This program aims to facilitate the permanent residency of foreign workers who have adapted to Canadian society and have the necessary skills to contribute to the Canadian economy.

To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, individuals typically need to have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience (or an equivalent amount in part-time) in Canada within the three years preceding their application. They must also meet language proficiency requirements and have gained their work experience in one of the eligible skilled occupations. Additionally, applicants need to plan to live outside the province of Quebec, as Quebec has its own immigration programs.

Overall, the Canadian Experience Class provides a pathway for skilled workers who have already integrated into Canadian society through work experience to obtain permanent residency status. It’s a popular option for those who have built connections and networks in Canada and wish to continue living and working in the country permanently.


The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) process typically involves several steps:

  1. Eligibility Assessment: The first step is to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the CEC. This includes having at least 12 months of skilled work experience in Canada within the three years preceding your application, meeting language proficiency requirements, and planning to live outside the province of Quebec.

  2. Create an Express Entry Profile: If you meet the eligibility criteria, you’ll need to create an Express Entry profile online through the Government of Canada’s website. You’ll provide information about your work experience, education, language proficiency, and other relevant details.

  3. Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA): Once your Express Entry profile is created, you’ll be entered into the pool of candidates. Candidates in the pool are ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which considers factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. Periodically, candidates with the highest CRS scores are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency.

  4. Submit Application for Permanent Residency: If you receive an ITA, you’ll have a specified period (usually around 60 days) to submit a complete application for permanent residency. This includes providing supporting documents such as police certificates, medical exams, and proof of funds.

  5. Application Processing: After you submit your application, it will be reviewed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They will assess your eligibility and review your supporting documents. If everything is in order, they may request additional information or documents as needed.

  6. Decision: Once your application has been processed, IRCC will make a decision on whether to grant you permanent residency. If approved, you’ll receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and, in most cases, a permanent resident visa.

  7. Land and Settle in Canada: After receiving your COPR and visa, you’ll need to land in Canada before the expiry date on your visa. Once you arrive in Canada, you officially become a permanent resident. You’ll have certain rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident, including the right to live, work, and study anywhere in Canada.

Throughout the CEC process, it’s essential to ensure that you provide accurate information, meet all deadlines, and comply with any requests from IRCC to avoid delays or complications in your application. 

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