Canadian Experience Class

Who is Eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)?

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program aimed to help temporary foreign workers and foreign students to apply their work experience and education towards their applications for residency. The Canadian Experience Class supports the transition from temporary residence to permanent residence, taking into account the time that the international student or skilled worker spent in Canada while contributing to Canadian society.

Requirements for the CEC Application

Both types of applicants (foreign graduates as well as temporary foreign workers) need to have work experience in Canada to qualify for the Canadian Experience Class. All of the requirements for the Canadian Experience Class are based on a pass or fail model. If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to apply to this program.

Eligibility for CEC Applicants

  • Plan to live in a province outside of Quebec
  • Have 12 months of skilled work experience – full time or equivalent part-time. This experience must have been acquired within the last 3 years in a NOC 0, A or B occupation
  • The work experience must have been acquired with the proper authorization
  • Meet minimum language threshold.
  • The application must not be one of the 6 exempt occupations

These 6 occupations that do not qualify for CEC

  • Cooks (NOC 6322)
  • Food service supervisors (NOC 6311)
  • Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
  • Administrative assistants (NOC 1241)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211)

Only 12,000 complete applications will be accepted yearly. AND There will be sub-caps of 200 applications for each NOC B applications.

The 6 Steps for Canadian Experience Class Procedure

  • If you are applying from within Canada, your application will be sent to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO). If you are applying from outside of Canada, it will be sent to the Ottawa Case Processing Pilot Center.
  • A Canadian Immigration Visa Officer will review your application
  • You may need to attend a personal interview.
  • You need to take a medical exam.
  • You will need to pay a Right of Permanent Residence fee.
  • Your Permanent Resident card will be issued.