The CEC is a permanent resident category for individuals with skilled work experience in Canada. It was developed for temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates with qualifying Canadian work experience.
Self-employment and work experience gained while the applicant was a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under this program.
To be considered for the Canadian Experience Class, the applicant needs to have Canadian skilled work experience within three years of applying. According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:
Applicant’s experience must be at least 12 months of full-time (30 hours of paid work per week or more) or an equal amount in part-time hours.
30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
30 hours/week for 12 months at more than one job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
Applicant must show that he/she did the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC, including all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.
If applicant’s existing work permit is about to expire he/she may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. Bridging open work permits allow qualified applicants to keep working while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application.
There is no education requirement for Canadian Experience Class. But, if the applicant wants to earn points for his/her education under Express Entry, he/she either needs:
The applicant must show that he/she meets the requirements in English by including the test results when he/she completes the Express Entry profile. The test results must not be more than two years old on the day he/she applies for permanent residence or he/she will need to retake the tests.
If applicant is married or lives with a common-law foreign national partner in Canada, and that person also meets the above conditions, he/she can decide which one of them will apply under Express Entry as the principal applicant.
A common-law partner is a person who has lived with the applicant in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. Common-law partner refers to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
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