WHAT IS CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS? – Everything you need to know about CEC.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a specific immigration program under Canada’s Express Entry system designed for individuals who have gained skilled work experience in Canada and wish to transition to permanent residency. Here’s everything you need to know about the Canadian Experience Class:

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Skilled Work Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years before applying. The experience must be in an occupation classified under NOC (National Occupational Classification) Skill Type 0 (Managerial occupations), Skill Level A (Professional occupations), or Skill Level B (Technical occupations and skilled trades).
  2. Language Proficiency: Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English or French by taking an approved language test (such as IELTS for English or TEF for French) and obtaining minimum scores specified by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  3. Education: While there is no specific educational requirement for the CEC, having post-secondary education or a Canadian educational credential can enhance your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score within the Express Entry pool.
  4. Plan to Live Outside Quebec: The CEC is for individuals intending to live and work outside the province of Quebec. If you plan to settle in Quebec, you should apply through the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) or other provincial immigration programs.
  5. Admissibility: Applicants must meet the admissibility criteria for Canada, including passing medical exams, security checks, and not being inadmissible for criminal or immigration-related reasons.

Express Entry Process for CEC:

  1. Create an Express Entry Profile: Eligible candidates must create an online Express Entry profile and indicate their interest in applying under the Canadian Experience Class.
  2. Calculate CRS Score: The CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability. CEC candidates receive additional points for Canadian work experience.
  3. Enter the Express Entry Pool: Once the profile is submitted, candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked against other candidates based on their CRS scores.
  4. Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA): Regular Express Entry draws are conducted, and candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residency. The minimum CRS score required for CEC candidates varies in each draw.
  5. Submit Permanent Residence Application: Candidates who receive an ITA have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence, including supporting documents and fees.
  6. Medical and Security Checks: Successful applicants undergo medical exams and security checks as part of the final approval process.

Benefits of CEC:

  1. Faster Processing Times: The CEC is known for faster processing times compared to other immigration pathways, with many applicants receiving permanent residency within six months of applying.
  2. Canadian Experience Advantage: Candidates with Canadian work experience have an advantage in the Express Entry system, as CEC points are awarded for this experience.
  3. Pathway to Citizenship: Becoming a permanent resident through the CEC is a significant step towards Canadian citizenship, which offers additional rights and benefits.
  4. Integration: Candidates with Canadian work experience are already familiar with Canadian society, culture, and labor market, making integration into permanent residency smoother.


The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) offers a pathway to permanent residency for skilled workers who have gained valuable work experience in Canada. By meeting the eligibility criteria, creating an Express Entry profile, and achieving a competitive CRS score, candidates can transition from temporary work status to becoming permanent residents of Canada, enjoying the benefits and opportunities that come with it.

Since 2009, when New Trends Canada Immigration Inc came into existance, we have helped many skilled workers and International students to submit their permanent residence applications in Canada. Our immigration Consultants will be able to assess your case and recommend the best course of action for your situation.

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