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Canadian Experience Class

The CEC is a permanent residence category for people with skilled work experience in Canada. This program is perfect for applicants who have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada.

As part of the Express Entry System, CEC is one of the fastest routes to Permanent Residence in Canada.

How does the Canadian Experience Class work?

 

Eligible candidates are able to submit an Express Entry profile for the Canadian Experience Class program. However, all applicants must meet Canada’s basic admissibility requirements. Before you apply, please make sure that you have no previous criminals charges that may make you inadmissible to Canada.

 

The most notable factor while applying through the CEC program is that candidates do not need to wait for a long duration to get the results of their application. CEC applications are usually processed within 3-4 months. Also, since such applicants are already inside Canada and have been working as a skilled professional, there is minimal paper-work and they are not required to show any proof of funds.

What are the eligibility requirements for Canadian Experience Class?

To be eligible for the CEC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have obtained at least 1-year (of full-time - 1560 hours (or an equivalent in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years) of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada. 

  • Your skilled experience must have been obtained legally/lawfully in a NOC 0, A or B level job. 

  • You must meet or exceed the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 for NOC B jobs or CLB 7 for NOC skill level 0 or A jobs.

  • You plan to reside and work outside of the province of Quebec.

  • You are not a refugee claimant.

Please Note (source Canada.ca):

  1. Work experience gained through self-employment and work experience gained as a full-time student are not eligible under CEC. 

  2. Your skilled work experience must be paid work including paid wages or earned commission. Any volunteer work or unpaid internships will not be counted as work experience. 

  3. Your part-time work can be more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. You can work more than  1 part-time job to get the hours you need to apply.

  4. Anything above 30 hours/week will not be counted as qualifiable work experience.

What are the steps to apply under the Canadian Experience Class for Canada? 

Step 1: The first step is to check if you are eligible to apply under CEC through Express Entry. Contact us and we will do it for you.

Step 2: Collect all documents. Make sure you have all the correct documents.

Step 3: Once you have established the fact that you qualify, you need to submit your profile to the IRCC. 

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence. Pay the applicable fee and receive a CoPR if you get a positive decision from the assessing officer.

Can I apply under the Canadian Experience Class from outside Canada?

You can either apply from with in Canada provided you have a legal status to remain in Canada while waiting for the outcome of your application or you can apply from outside Canada, provided that you submitted your application within three years of leaving your job in Canada. 

Can I apply under CEC even if I do not have sufficient CRS points?

Based on the information you provide, you will be allotted points which will determine your rank in the Express Entry pool. Candidates with higher points are ranked higher and issued ITA's based on the overall cut-off score for the specified program.

Being eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class, does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply. 

If you do not have enough points to make the cut-off there are factors that award you more points to improve your ranking. These are (but not limited to):

  • Previous education in Canada - Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates 

  • Prior work experience in Canada or a future (valid) job offer from a Canadian employer.

  • Relatives in Canada who are citizens or permanent residents.

  • a nomination from a province or territory, etc..

How long does it take to process Canadian Express Class applications?

Depending on your CRS score, eligible profiles are usually processed within 3-6 months. If IRCC invites you to apply, then you will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residency to Canada.

What are the funds requirement for Canadian Experience Class?

The most notable advantage while applying through the Canadian Experience Class is that you do not need to show any Proof of funds to the IRCC. You will not be required to provide any documentation regarding your finances to demonstrate financial support upon obtaining permanent residence.

What are the education requirements to apply under the CEC?

There is no education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class. However, submitting proof of education will earn you up to 250 extra points in the CRS - up to 150 points for the education level itself, plus up to 100 points in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability.

If you completed your education outside Canada, you will only be able to claim those points by submitting an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). 

On what grounds can my express entry application be refused or rejected?

All applications are based on the information you provided to the IRCC. The onus of proof of authenticity always lies on the applicant. If the immigration officer believes that you have provided incorrect information or have not submitted enough proof to verify your claims, they may ask for addition clarification or reject your application.

Here are some of the common reasons that your application might be rejected for:

  1. INELIGIBILITY 

If you do not meet the basic requirements of the program or category you applied for, your application may be denied.

 

 2. MISREPRESENTATION

This is considered a very serious offence with the IRCC. If an applicant is found misrepresenting on their application to immigrate to Canada, they can be deemed inadmissible to Canada. Common examples of misrepresentation are: 

  • Fake documentation - Education, work experience or any other illegitimate documents.

  • Inadmissibility of family members - If 1 or more of your family members are inadmissible to Canada, then you may be charged with misrepresentation and inadmissible.

  •  Marriage of Convenience - Fake marriages just to for Canadian immigration or failure to declare information about your spouse - like divorce, separation or custody of children etc.

 

 3. MEDICAL GROUNDS

Canada's health care system is considered one of the best in the world. And it is paid for by the government. Therefore, if during your medical exams, it is ascertained that your medical condition:

  • is going to affect the overall health of the Canadian citizens OR 

  • result in an excessive demand on the Canadian health care and social services.

 

 4. CRIMINALITY

This is self-explanatory. If you or any other member of your application or family has a criminal background for  which you have not already finished rehabilitation, your application will be denied. Every applicant has to submit a clean criminal record certificate for every country they have lived in for over 6 months since the day they turned 18. 

 

 5. FINANCIAL REASONS

As part of the Visa application process for Canada, every applicant needs to submit proof of financial capability. Failure to do so will result in your application being refused. You need to show that you will be able to support all accompanying or non-accompanying family members as part of your immigration application.

 

 6. INCOMPLETE or INCORRECT DOCUMENTATION

Most applications for Canadian immigration are electronic, yet there are some that are paper based as well. If you are unable to provide the correct documents, complete documents or provide all documents in the time-frame specified, your application may be refused. It is advisable to include all documents provided in the document checklist for every application.

 

 7. TIMELINES

The Canadian immigration department receives thousands of applications for every program. In order to maintain efficiency in evaluation and outcome, it is important that applicants abide by the time lines provided in the application package. Failure to do so will result in delays of refusal. The best practice is to keep all your documents ready before you apply and submit your application for immigration to Canada.

How Can I Avoid a Canadian Immigration Refusal?

Refusal or denial can be painful and stressful. Most people think that they know what they're doing and will do it right. Not all of them can actually claim that they will not make a mistake. Immigration applications to Canada are a 1-time opportunity. A mistake can lead to irreparable damage to your profile. Therefore, you may want to consider hiring a professional immigration consultant who has the knowledge and expertise in matters of Canadian immigration laws. 

Contact us now to connect with our Regulated Canadian  Immigration Consultant (RCIC) now.

Frequently asked questions

What are the Language Requirements for Express Entry to Canada?


To be eligible for Express Entry, you must prove your English or French language ability:

  • take an approved language test ( IELTS - G or CELPIP-G)
  • get the minimum results required by your program
  • include the results when you complete your Express Entry profile
First official language Minimum level for all four (Listening, Writing, Speaking, Reading) abilities
  • English - CLB 7
  • French - NCLC7
Second official language: Minimum level of CLB or NCLC 5.




How many years of experience is required for Canada PR?


You must have completed, at least 12 months of full-time work: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours), within three years prior to your application.




How can i prove my work experience in Canada?


Documents accepted as proof of work in Canada: In addition to job letters, pay stubs or other official documents, copies of T4 tax information slips and notices of assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (the time period for these documents should reflect the work experience timeframe).




What counts as Canadian work experience?


Any skilled work experience that you gained in Canada which was legally and lawfully obtained by working a total of 1560 hours (30 hours per week and was paid for as wages or earned commission. The 1560 hours of work experience could be full-time or equivalent part time work experience gained while working 1 job or more than 1 job at a time. Any volunteer work or unpaid internships are not counted as work experience for immigration applications under CEC.




Can I include my family member in my CEC application?


When applying under the Canadian Experienc Class, the eligible family members are your spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and their dependent children (your grandchildren).




What is the fee requirement to apply for Express Entry for Canada?


  1. Language tests: Average cost – $300 per test.
  2. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA): Average cost – $200
  3. Biometrics: $85 per person
  4. Government fees: $1,325 per adult & $225 per child
  5. Medical examination fees: average cost – $450 per adult & $250 per child
  6. Police clearance certificates varies with country of residence.
You need to provide police clearance certificates for all countries where you have resided for more than 6 months since turning 18 years of age.




Can i qualify under the Canadian Experience Class without meeting education requirements?


Yes. The basic requirement is having accumulated at least two years of full time skilled work experience in Canada.