Permanent Immigration

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class, (CEC), will allow certain highly skilled temporary workers and international students, already living in Canada to remain in Canada while they apply for permanent residence without having to file their applications abroad.


It is a permanent resident category for workers or graduates with Canadian work experience who are familiar with Canada’s society and job market, have knowledge of English or French and have the skills to make a successful transition to temporary and permanent residence in Canada.

The program is limited to those who have legally entered Canada. Undocumented workers and those without continued legal status will not have access to the program.

It is limited to those candidates with work experience defined by the National Occupational Classification NOC Levels of 0, A and B.

The selection criteria are based on an assessment of an applicant’s successful labour market integration. Criteria include a mix of Canadian educational credentials, work experience in Canada and language proficiency in either of Canada’s official languages.

Valid status in Canada is required at the time of an application
At least a moderate language proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages documented by IELTS, CELPIP and/or TEF, is also required
No proof of funds is required

For Skilled Worker:
You need at least at least minimum of One (1) year of Full time work experience (or equivalent in part time work) in Canada. This full time one year work experience must have been obtained within three years preceding the date of CEC application is received.

For Student
You can work in Canada after graduating, by applying under the post –graduation work permit.

You can apply to CEC program, after gaining work experience in Canada thru the post –graduation work permit. To work in Canada after graduating, a student may apply for a post-graduation work permit. This permit maybe valid for up to three (3) years, there are no restrictions on the type of work you can do or the location you want to work.

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