CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS – NewSteps Immigration Consultants in Surrey, BC, Canada

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stands as one of the most vital programs under Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Tailored for temporary foreign workers and students, this program facilitates the application process for acquiring permanent residency based on work experience and education. Although the process may seem straightforward, it is crucial to understand the eligibility criteria that govern the application process.

Individuals entering the Canadian Experience Class pool aspire to establish a permanent presence in Canada, achieved by working in the country for at least one year. Temporary foreign workers find themselves particularly well-suited for this category, having already acclimated to Canada and established robust network connections within Canadian society and culture. This program operates within the framework of the Express Entry Pool, adhering to the same regulations, with recognition from the Government of Canada being a critical factor.

To apply, the initial requirement is to submit an Expression of Interest and create an online Express Entry profile. Candidate eligibility hinges on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, derived from the information provided in each individual’s Express Entry profile. Applicants in this program may need to remain in Canada, and those who have left the country can apply within three years of leaving their job.

Individuals employed as high-skilled professionals are subject to the program’s rules, where work experience in specific National Occupational Classification (NOC) categories (A, B, or O) ensures Permanent Residence in Canada. Despite potentially posing a challenge for international students, those who, after completing their educational degree, secure full-time skilled or professional work for at least a year can still apply for the Canadian Experience Class program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time skilled or professional work experience of at least one year, or consecutive part-time skilled or professional work experience within three years before applying.
  • Skilled work experience should fall under one of the eligible occupations:
    • Skill Level O (Managerial jobs)
    • Skill Level A (Professional jobs)
    • Skill Level B (Technical jobs and skilled trades)
  • Candidates can have work experience in one or more NOC, including Skill Level A, B, or O jobs.
  • Work experience gained as a student or through self-employment does not meet the minimum requirements for this program.
  • No educational degree is required for the Canadian Experience Class application pool. To enhance your ranking, you can follow the guidelines of the other two Express Entry programs.
  • Proficiency in all four language modules is essential. Language test results, valid for two years from the date of submitting the permanent resident application, should meet a minimum CLB score of 7 (Adequate Intermediate proficiency) for NOC skill types O or A jobs, or CLB 5 (Initial Intermediate) for NOC skill type B jobs.

It’s important to note that the Province of Quebec does not participate in the Canadian Experience program, as they have their own selection process for skilled workers.