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There are about 100 possible ways to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of three programs for Canadian skilled workers regulated by the Federal Express Entry system. The Canadian Experience Class is a popular route to permanent residence for migrants with previous Canadian work experience obtained through a temporary work permit. This is a very popular visa for those already living and working in Canada on a temporary basis, but you can also apply from outside of Canada as long as you meet the requirements.
Because temporary foreign employees are most often already integrated into Canadian culture and have support networks, they can easily move to become permanent residents and eventually citizens of Canada. Another great benefit of this program is that if you qualify, you can migrate to any province or territory in Canada, with the exception of Quebec. Canadian Experience Class applications also do not meet the requirement for settlement funds, limiting the level of required documentation.
To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class program, you must complete many prerequisites. Though no educational qualification is required to apply for the CEC, your educational credentials can help to enhance your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, which are used to rank your profile among the pool of Express Entry candidates.
There are several approaches to enhancing your Express Entry CRS score. The majority of them begin with gaining work experience or becoming more certified in your field of study. This is possible while you are submitting an Express Entry application. Furthermore, it is advised that you build a better profile and acquire all the required supporting documents before applying in order to have the maximum chance of succeeding early in the process.
Applicants must have at least 12 months of full time work experience – meaning 30 hours per week or more for a total of 1560 hours – or the equivalent amount in part time work experience, which must have been gained in the last 3 years.
To check if your experience is suitable, please see our National Occupation Classification List page. You do not require one year of continuous work experience in Canada if you apply under the Canadian Experience Class, i.e., your work experience can be split among several employers, if it all comes under NOC 0, A, or B, within one year of full-time paid work experience.
Applicants must have reasonable proficiency in English, French, or both languages. To prove this, applicants must provide test results from the following language test providers on their Express Entry profile before they can apply for a visa:
The level of English required depends on your professional classification:
The Federal Skilled Trades Program has no educational requirements. However, there are two ways to improve your Express Entry pool ranking.