Canadian Experience Class Program
For foreign nationals with work experience in Canada, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program that provides these individuals an opportunity to gain permanent residency in Canada. The CEC is a program designed help those who already have experience living and working in Canada and who have acclimated to Canadian society to remain in Canada as permanent residents. The program is an excellent fit for temporary foreign workers in Canada or foreign nationals who graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and remained in Canada to work. For foreign workers, the required prior work experience in Canada must fall into one of three categories in order to be considered valid experience for the purposes of the program. The work must have been in a managerial position (classified as NOC Skill Type 0), a professional position (classified as NOC Skill Type A), or a technical or skilled trade job (classified as NOC Skill Type B).
In order to be eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class, applicants must:
- Have at least one year of full time (30 hours per week) work experience in Canada on a legitimate work permit, or the equivalent amount of part time work experience, in the three years prior to the application date.
- Meet particular language requirements to demonstrate proficiency in either English or French.
- Applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of one of Canada’s official languages through a language test from an agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, such as the IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF.
- For individuals applying under NOC 0 or NOC A occupations, a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in reading, writing, speaking and listening or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6 is required.
- For individuals applying under an NOC B occupation, a minimum score of CLB 5 or IELTS 6 in reading, writing, speaking and listening is required.
- Plan to live outside of the province of Quebec. Applicants who plan to live and work in Quebec or who gained their work experience in Quebec do not qualify for the CEC and should consider the Quebec Experience Class as an alternative.