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Canadian Experience Class

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a permanent residence (PR) category for foreign graduates or foreign workers who have skilled work experience in Canada. It is covered under the Express Entry (EE program).

Do note that you need the work experience in occupations that fall under:

  • Skill Type 0 (managerial jobs),
  • Skill Level A (professional jobs), or
  • Skill Level B (technician jobs or skilled trades).

Self-employed people or people working as full-time students are not eligible to apply for PR under this category.

One mistake CEC candidates often make is that since there is no minimum education requirement for this PR category, they do not attach their education documents while making their Express Entry profile. This causes them to lose up to 250 CRS points. They may also have to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit if your work permit is about to expire during the application process.

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Canadian Experience Class Processing Time

Since the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is covered under the Express Entry (EE) System, 80% of its applications get processed within 6 months. V2I experts say that the most complete applications that fulfil all the conditions may get processed in 3-4 months.

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Canadian Experience Class Fee & Cost

The fees for entry into Canada Express Entry (EE) program under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category include:

  • Application Processing Fee:
    • C$ 825 per person, and
    • C$ 225 per dependent child (who is less than 22 years of age and not economically independent).
  • Right of Permanent Residence (PR) Fee:
    • C$ 500 per person.
    • Dependent children are exempted from this fee.
  • Biometrics Fee:
    • C$ 85 for an individual, or
    • C$170 for two or more co-applicants.
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Canadian Experience Class Rules & Conditions

One needs to meet all the guidelines for work experience and language requirements in Canada to be invited to apply for the Express Entry program under the CEC category. You don't need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to apply for the Canadian Experience Class Express Entry program but a valid job offer supported by an LMIA can earn you some brownie CRS points.

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Canadian Experience Class Requirements & Checklist

CEC applicants must have at least 1-year of paid, full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in Canada. They need to have CLB 7 or above score in language tests for NOC 0 skill type or NOC A skill level occupations. For NOC B skill level occupations, the language scores should be CLB 5 or above in all sections. You do not need to show the proof of funds or a valid job offer for the Canadian Experience Class.

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