CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS: ELIGIBILITY
Program eligibility for this class pertain to international students who have also obtained a post-graduate work permit and have worked for at least one year, in the same field of work as their course of study, within the past three years.
- Candidates can use their Canadian work experience in a NOC 0, A or B occupation to apply for this program.
- NOC 0 or A candidates require a language ability of CLB 7. NOC B candidates require a CLB 5.
Canada houses and employs many Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW). The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category for those Temporary Foreign Workers who wish to become permanent residents.
Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) are ideal candidates for Canadian immigration as permanent residence immigrants. Because Temporary Foreign Workers have obtained Canadian work experience, these individuals have settled into our Canadian society. They have established important networks in their communities and their careers.
For immigration to Canada, Canadian Experience Class applications are processed through the Canada’s Express Entry Program. Eligible candidates must make an Expression of Interest in immigrating to Canada.
Candidates can create an online Express Entry profile, in order to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence prior to making an application for the Express Entry Program.
Applicant candidates are required to meet the following minimum requirements:
- A candidate must have obtained minimum of one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the date of application; and
- A candidate is required to achieve or surpass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”), depending on the class level of the job; and
- Candidates must plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec (individuals with work experience in Quebec and who plan to reside in Quebec would need to apply to the Quebec Experience Class).
Applicants are permitted to remain in Canada while their application is in process. However, if a candidate has already returned to their country of origin, they are still able to submit an application for the Canadian Experience Class, as long as they submit their application within three years of the end of their job term in Canada.
The Canadian Experience Class prerequisite obligations are based on a pass or fail model. As long as the minimum requirements are met, the candidate applicant is qualified to enter the Express Entry pool.
It is to be noted that self-employment and work experience gained while a candidate was a full-time student (for example, an internship or on a co-op work term) does not count under this program.
A Popular Option for International Students
Another benefit of the Canadian Experience Class applies to many international graduates. The fastest and easiest way to obtaining permanent residence in Canada is the Canadian Experience Class program.
After graduating a program or course of study at an educational institution in Canada, many international graduates are eligible to remain in Canada on post-graduate work permits. If a graduate obtains at least one year of work in a skilled, professional or technical field; during this post-graduate work time, the graduate may be eligible to enter the Express Entry Program pool under the Canadian Experience Class.
IMPROVE YOUR PROFILE AND RANKING
All Candidates in the Express Entry Pool have a rank according to the Comprehensive Ranking System, which provides a rank for all candidates, using these components
- CORE HUMAN CAPITAL FACTORS;
- Level of Education
- Official Language Proficiency
- Canadian Work Experience
- COMMON-LAW PARTNER FACTORS;
- ACCOMPANYING SPOUSE, if applicable;
- SKILL TRANSFERABILITY FACTORS;
- FACTORS RELATING TO A PROVINCIAL NOMINATION;
- QUALIFYING OFFER OF ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT;
- CANADIAN STUDY EXPERIENCE;
- A SIBLING IN CANADA;
- AND/OR FRENCH LANGUAGE ABILITY.
A TOTAL OF 1,200 POINTS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER THE COMPREHENSIVE RANKING SYSTEM.
The Canadian Government, Provincial Government and Canadian Businesses choose candidates from the Express Entry Pool by their ranking. Candidates are encouraged to improve his or her ranking in order to amplify his or her chances of acquiring an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.
You have a high CRS score and have been chosen by the Canadian government, provincial governments and Canadian businesses, to apply for and submit your Application for Permanent Residence. What is your next step?
Chosen candidates now have only 90 days, (previously 60) to complete and submit their electronic permanent residence application. The IRCC’s directive is to process applications in a period of six months from the date of submission.
Candidates are required to ensure they complete and submit all necessary forms and all supporting documents within this time period. Upon completion of the application process, successful candidates along with their spouse and children, will arrive or land in Canada as permanent residents.
Express Entry Pool Candidates, who fail to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada, may resubmit their profile and re-enter the pool, after 12 months. But only if they still fit the criteria of a minimum of one of the economic immigration programs.
HOW CANDIDATES CAN PREPARE FOR EXPRESS ENTRY
Canadian Society Express Entry Candidates should take an avid interest in preparing to integrate into the society. Some ways candidates can prepare themselves are as follows:
- Candidates should study to prepare for language exams.
- IELTS testing may be requested at any time by a Canadian Immigration Visa Officer. This test may be a sole determining factor of whether or not the candidate will be eligible to immigrate to Canada. Preparation is essential to obtain the results required for candidacy.
- Candidates can study at AMK globals IELTS program
- Testing also available in the French language Test d’évaluation du français (TEF), the Test de connaissance du français (TCF), and the Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (DELF) to assist French speaking candidates.
- Candidate testing readiness available for Listening Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, Writing Proficiency and Speaking Proficiency.
- Candidates should have their foreign identification assessed conforming to Canadian standards.
- Candidates should familiarize themselves with the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and assess your profile for free at Amk global.
- Candidates must manage any medical inadmissibility or criminal inadmissibility concerns which may hinder the candidate’s ability to immigrate to Canada.
- Candidates should keep up to date with any available Provincial Nominee Programs which may align with the Candidate’s possible Express Entry.
- For candidates who do not already have a formal job offer, they should take part in actively seeking current career positions available across Canada via the Canada Visa Job Search tool.