Canadian Experience Class

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of the 3 Federal economic programs under Express Entry. It was introduced in 2008. It is one of the major pathways for temporary foreign workers and international graduates with work experience in Canada to obtain Permanent Residence. It is the best program for eligible candidates in Canada to get their permanent residence processed faster.

Eligible skilled workers attain more points in CRS with Canadian work experience.

While applying under Canadian Experience Class (CEC) the candidate can only choose to reside in any province other than Quebec.

An eligible candidate can be invited under CEC (Canadian Experience Class) while residing inside Canada on a valid temporary status with an authorization to work.

Canadian Experience Class Eligibility and Requirements

  • To be eligible to apply under Canadian Experience Class, the applicant should comply with the minimum requirement for the following:

Work experience in Skilled position:

The applicants willing to apply under CEC should have minimum of 1 year of full-time paid work experience (for 1,560 hours) in skill positions falling NOC 0 (Managerial Job positions), NOC A (Professional job positions) and NOC B (Technical and skilled trade job position). This can be either 01 year of full-time paid work experience (i.e., minimum 30 hours per week for 12 months) or 02 years of part -time paid work experience (i.e., minimum 15 hours per week for 24 months). The eligible candidate can gain work experience in 1 or more job positions under NOC 0, A & B.

Language Proficiency in English or French:

The applicant can provide their Language Test results in English or French from approved listed organizations which are IELTS, CELPIP, TEF Canada or TCF Canada. The minimum language score required if the work experience falls under NOC B is CLB 5 and CLB 7 if the work experience falls under NOC O & A.


There is “NO” minimum Education requirement to be eligible to apply under CEC. But if the candidates wish to increase their CRS Score/points, they may include their education obtained from Canada or outside Canada. However, for candidates with foreign education are required to provide an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) for each credential obtained. The ECA must be for immigration purposes and from the designated organisation which are WES, IQAS, ICAS, CES or ICES.

Canadian work experience in Self employment and while holding a status of student (whether part-time or full-time) will not be counted.

On being invited under CEC, the candidates are “NOT” required to provide “Proof of funds”.

The candidates applying under CEC must be “not inadmissible” to enter Canada.  
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