Canadian Experience Class

Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program is designed specifically for applicants who have fresh work experience in Canada and are looking for permanent immigration to the country. CEC is a popular immigration platform as your application can be processed in as little as three to four months.

The Canadian Experience Class comes under the Express Entry system. It uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank your candidature. If you are able to notch up a competitive CRS score, you can look forward to receiving Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.


To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class. You must have at least 12 months of full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience in Canada. This work experience must be recent and should have been gained in the past three years from the date of applying for CEC. This program is not the right option for people without recent Canadian work experience.

Your application will be considered only if:

  • The work experience was obtained in Canada within the 36 months before the date of submission of the eAPR of the electronic Application for Permanent Residence
  • Your employment duties come under the NOC Code Skill Level 0, A, or B.
  • Your work experience is legally obtained, and you have received remuneration for the same

If you are pursuing full-time studies in Canada, your work experience is not valid for CEC consideration. You must also meet a few other eligibility factors apart from the work experience requirement. These include:

  • Language: You must reach a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 on any approved test in English or French language
  • Residency: You must make your intent to live outside of the province of Quebec

When you comply with these requirements, you become eligible to submit an Express Entry profile for the Canadian Experience Class program. However, you must also meet the basic admissibility requirements applicable to all candidates planning a permanent migration to the country. If you have any criminal offenses marked against you or suffer from a serious/specific medical condition, you may not be eligible for admission to the country.

Applying for CEC from Outside of Canada

You are allowed to apply for the Canadian Experience Class if you meet all the basic eligibility requirements for the program as mentioned above. In fact, you can apply from anywhere in the world. 

Proof of Funds Not Needed

You need not demonstrate your financial capabilities or show proof of funds to qualify for the CEC program.

Internship Experience

If you wonder if your internship experience in Canada will add weight to your Canadian Experience Class application, please note that it depends on many factors. If the paid internship does not constitute a part of your academic program, then the internship experience may be considered for the Express Entry work experience requirement.

All Canadian Experience Class applicants will be screened for potential medical and criminal inadmissibility. You must suitably demonstrate/prove that you have successfully completed a medical exam with a physician recognized by the IRCC panel.

You must also provide a police background check to obtain a clearance certificate. This exercise must be done from every country you have lived in for at least six months since the age of 18. The e-application must be submitted within 60 days of receiving an ITA. It must also include detailed reference letters from your previous employers.

If there is a problem understanding how the Canada Experience Class application process works, contact us. SunnySpire is a leading Canadian immigration consultant based in Canada and reputed for our efficient services. Contact us now to get all your doubts cleared about CEC and other Canadian immigration platforms.

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