The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stands out as the foremost application category within the Express Entry selection system.

Ideal for individuals who:

– Hold a Work Permit in Canada as a non-Canadian citizen
– Are international students working in Canada on a Post-Graduate Work Permit
– Previously worked in Canada for up to 3 years before applying

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify under CEC, applicants must:

– Accumulate at least one year of skilled professional or technical Canadian work experience within the past 3 years
– Meet or surpass the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or 7, depending on the job’s skill level
– Intend to reside outside the province of Quebec. Applicants should note that if they have work experience in Montreal or any other city within Quebec, they may apply under the Quebec Experience Class rather than the Canadian Experience Class.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) differs from typical Express Entry aligned programs as it operates on a pass or fail model. Candidates meeting the minimum requirements can enter the Express Entry pool of eligible candidates, without the usual points requirement of 67.

One attractive feature of this unique economic immigration program is that applicants can stay in Canada throughout the application process. However, it’s not mandatory for applicants to remain in Canada during processing. Individuals with Canadian work experience can also apply under this program within 3 years of leaving their Canadian job.

A Preferred Choice for Foreign Workers:

CEC is highly favored among foreign workers as it holds priority status among all programs managed under Express Entry. Depending on the province or territory of employment, foreign workers in Canada may also be eligible to apply under various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

A Preferred Choice for International Students:

For international students in Canada, CEC is a popular pathway. After graduating from a participating college or university, students can apply for a post-graduate work permit, allowing them to work and stay in Canada. Upon completing a minimum of one year of employment, students can pursue Canadian permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class.

Processing Timelines:

The processing time for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applications is typically 6 months or less.

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