Express Entry - Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry - Canadian Experience Class

  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program is ideal for candidates who have recent Canadian work experience and are seeking permanent immigration to Canada. CEC is also one of the fasted routes to Canadian permanent residence, taking as little as three to four months to process.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

What kind of work experience do I need?

  • Your work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).


  • Your work experience must be paid, full-time or the equivalent hours part-time. Full-time means at least 30 hours per week. You must have had this work experience in Canada.

How to Apply for the Canadian Experience Class

  • Step 1. Obtain a Canadian work permit and complete a year of work
  • Step 2: Meet eligibility criteria and create an Express Entry profile
  • Step 3: Receive an ITA
  • Step 4: Submit an e-application
  • Step 5: Receive confirmation of permanent resident status and receive a PR card

CEC Canada advantages

  • For Canadian Experience Class candidates there are three distinct advantages, and one possible disadvantage, under Express Entry.


Potential disadvantage: