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Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program is designed for candidates with recent Canadian work experience and looking for permanent immigration to Canada. CEC is a popular choice of potential immigrants as it is one of the fastest ways of obtaining Canadian permanent residence. If all your papers are in order, the process can be completed in as little as three to four months. Foreign nationals without a recent work record in Canada are not eligible to apply for immigration under this option.

CEC is managed under the Express Entry system. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used for ranking the applicants. Those with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.


To be eligible for CEC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Language levels needed for the job include writing, reading, listening, and speaking
  • At least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the last three years
  • Your work experience should come while working in Canada under the temporary resident status with sanction to work
  • You must show the intent for living and working in Canada (outside the province of Quebec)

You cannot apply for CEC if,

  • You have claimed refugee status in Canada
  • You are working without proper authorization
  • Your work experience was gained without the status of temporary residence

How to Apply for a Canadian Experience Class?

  • Obtain a Canadian work permit
  • Work for one year at least in Canada
  • Ensure you comply with all other eligibility requirements
  • Create your profile on Express Entry
  • Learn how to improve your CRS ranking

If your educational credentials are not proven, you will not receive an invitation to apply (ITA). If you have completed your studies outside Canada, you can gain points through ECA or Educational Credential Assessment. You can upload your Canadian academic documents to improve the chances of getting an ITA for permanent residence. If your skills and work experience are in demand in the province, you can gain an additional 600 points.

What To Do After An ITA Is Issued?

Getting an invitation to apply is the best news you can get as it allows you and your family members to get approved for Canadian permanent residency. You must submit all the relevant documents within 60 days of getting the ITA.

If your work permit is nearing expiration, you can apply for an Open Work Permit. This will allow you to work during the time your application is being processed. You must also submit for a background check, a medical examination, and a security check in the intervening period.

You will also be screened for probable medical and criminal inadmissibility. The application must be accompanied with proof that you have completed a medical examination with a panel of physicians recognized or approved by the IRCC. You are also required to submit a police clearance certificate based on a background check from all the places you have lived since the age of 18.

The next step in the process is the assessment of your application. It will be reviewed by an immigration officer. On scrutiny, you will be informed if any step or document in the process is missing or incomplete. Your permanent residency status is verified. If everything is approved, you will be handed a COPR or Confirmation of Permanent Residence document. It will be dated and signed by a Canadian Port of Entry official.

The final step in the CEC process is getting the PR or Permanent Residence card. This is issued after confirmation of status. If you are traveling out of Canada, the PR card can be produced as proof of your status as a permanent residence of Canada.

Contact us if you are a potential immigrant looking to enter and stay in Canada using the Canadian Experience Class route. ASI Immigration is one of the leading immigration services in Canada, and we have helped many applicants achieve their Canadian migration dream quickly. We can help make your journey easy too.

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