Canada Express Entry: All you need to know about the Canadian Experience Class
Posted on July 8, 2022
Highlights for Canadian Experience Class
- Canada is planning to welcome 61,710 new permanent residents using the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in 2022.
- Foreign nationals with at least one year of skilled work experience from Canada or any equivalent part-time work can apply for the CEC immigration program.
- Canada uses National Occupational Classification (NOC) to select a skilled worker by prioritizing the workforce shortage for a specific occupation.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program
Canada held draws specific to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) under the Express Entry system nine months back, and the draws resumed in July.
Around 36,475 new permanent residents settled in Canada through CEC.
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New Permanent Residents through CEC in 2022
In the last four months, 20,570 new permanent residents were invited to Canada using CEC. At this pace, Canada might welcome 61,710 new permanent residents by the end of this year.
Canadian Experience Program is an immigration program under one of the three under the Express Entry system, which works for foreign nationals with at least a year of Canadian skilled work experience or has an equal amount of part-time workers who are also qualified with the language requirements for their jobs.
- The francophone province of Quebec has its own immigration department and does not participate in the CEC.
- The Express Entry system has two more immigration programs; Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).
- Canada uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system for selecting skilled workers.
|Skill Level||Type of jobs|
|Skill Level 0||Managerial Jobs|
|Skill Type A||Professional Jobs|
|Skill Type B||Technical Jobs|
Work Experience for CEC
The applicants who apply through CEC should have a minimum of one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the last three years, whereas that work must be either.
- A full-time job for 30 hours per week for 12 months
- An equivalent amount of job experience with the combination of part-time jobs equals 1,560 hours.
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This work experience also includes the work experience in Canada under a temporary resident visa by having the authorization to work, provided it has to be paid work.
The skilled work experience can be earned through commission or paid wages, but voluntary or unpaid internships are not counted as work experience.
Using the CEC program, 30 hours and more working hours are not counted towards the eligibility requirements. And the applicants need to prove the work they have done comes under the NOC system.
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The CEC applicants must qualify with the minimum level, which means meeting the Canadian language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A kind of jobs or Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B kind of jobs.
The language test results are valid for two years and must be valid even on the day when the foreign national applies for permanent residence.
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CEC eligibility for Refugee Claimants
People are working in the country without any authorization or temporary resident status, including the refugee claimants in Canada. The work experience of a foreign national or even self-employment that a full-time student obtains is not counted as one of the minimum requirements for the program. There are no certain rules for educational requirements under CEC.
Apart from these odds, the foreign nationals have chances to boost their rankings in the Express Entry pool for immigration purposes and improve their chances of getting invitations to Apply (ITA) under the Express Entry draw.
The applicants who studied in Canada can obtain a certificate under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and those who completed a diploma or degree from a Canadian institution, college, or university.
The applicants with foreign education can obtain points through the CRS for completed foreign credentials and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a nominated organization.
The foreign nationals who apply for the immigration program need to pay attention to the province or territory where they are willing to reside, as most of the time, the IRCC gets to hold the provincial nominees only.
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