Express Entry Programs
(Canadian Experience Class)

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Canadian experience class (CEC):

If you have recent full-time paid work experience in Canada of at least 12 months, then this program is for you. CEC is also one of the fastest routes to Canadian Immigration and can take as little as 3-4 months to process. This is a popular route for students who have graduated from a Canadian educational institution and have recent Canadian work experience or for temporary foreign workers who have recent Canadian work experience.

Minimum requirements to be eligible under canadian experience class

  • Twelve months of full time or equivalent paid Canadian Work Experience in the last 3 years before applying. Work experience must be in NOC 0, A or B.
  • Proof of language proficiency through an approved test. NOC 0, A = CLB 7, NOC B = CLB 5

Compare the eligibility requirements for programs managed under the express entry system

Express Entry Programs

Canadian Experiene Class (CEC)
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
National Occupation Classification (NOC)
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
Eligibility CriteriaCECFSWPFSTPPNP
SuitabilitySkilled Individuals with Canadian Work ExperienceHighly Skilled Individuals with Foreign &/or Canadian Work ExperienceTrade Skilled Workers with Foreign &/or Canadian Work Experience

Ideal for Skilled Workers or Entrepreneurs Willing to Live in a Specific Province or Territory.

Must Meet the Minimum Requirements of CEC, FSWP or FSTP

Language Requirements
English or French Skills
CLB 7 – NOC 0 or A
CLB 5 – NOC B
CLB 7CLB 5 – Speaking & Listening
CLB 4 – Reading & Writing
Depends on Specific Province Requirements
Type of Work Experience

Canadian Work Experience in either:

NOC 0, A, B

Canadian or Foreign Work Experience in either:

NOC 0, A, B

Canadian or Foreign Work Experience in Skilled Trades in Major Groups of NOC B
Amount of Work Experience

1 Year of Canadian Work Experience In Last 3 Years

(Either Combination of Full Time or Equivalent Part Time Work)

1 Year of Continuous Work Experience in Last 10 Years

(Combination of Full Time or Equivalent Part Time or More Than One Job In Primary Occupation)

2 Years in Last 5 Years

(Either Combination of Full Time or Equivalent Part Time Work)

Job Offer

Not Required

(Although Boosts Your CRS Score)

Not Required

(Although Can Boost Your Selection Factor Points)

Required

Full Time Valid Job offer For a Minimum of 1 Year

or

Canadian Certificate of Qualification in Your Skill Trade

Education

Not Required

(Although Boosts Your CRS Score)

Required

Minimum Secondary Education

(Higher Education Boost Selection Factors & CRS Score

Not Required

(Although Boosts Your CRS Score)

Express Entry Programs

Canadian Experiene Class (CEC)
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Eligibility CriteriaCECFSWP
SuitabilitySkilled Individuals with Canadian Work ExperienceHighly Skilled Individuals with Foreign &/or Canadian Work Experience
Language Requirments
English or French Skills
CLB 7 – NOC 0 or A
CLB 5 – NOC B
CLB 7
Type of Work ExpereinceCanadian Work Expeirence in either:

NOC 0, A, B

Canadian or Foreign Work Experience in either:

NOC 0, A, B

Amount of Work Experience1 Year of Canadian Work Experience In Last 3 Years

(Either Combination of Full Time or Equivalent Part Time Work)

1 Year of Continous Work Expereince in Last 10 Years

(Combination of Full Time or Equivalent Part Time or More Than One Job In Primary Occupation)

Job OfferNot Required

(Although Boosts Your CRS Score)

Not Required

(Although Can Boost Your Selection Factor Points)

EducationNot Required

(Although Boosts Your CRS Score)

Required

Minimum Secondary Education

(Higher Education Boost Selection Factors & CRS Score

Express Entry Programs

National Occupation Classification (NOC)
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
Eligibility CriteriaFSTPPNP
SuitabilityTrade Skilled Workers with Foreign &/or Canadian Work ExperienceIdeal for Skilled Workers or Entrepreneurs Willing to Live in a Specific Province or Teritory.

Must Meet the Minimum Requirements of CEC, FSWP or FSTP

Language Requirments
English or French Skills
CLB 5 – Speaking & Listening
CLB 4 – Reading & Writing
Depends on Specific Province Requirements
Type of Work ExpereinceCanadian or Foreign Work Experience in Skilled Trades in Major Groups of NOC B
Amount of Work Experience2 Years in Last 5 Years

(Either Combination of Full Time or Equivalent Part Time Work)

Job OfferRequired

Full Time Valid Job offer For a Minimum of 1 Year

or

Canadian Certificate of Qualification in Your Skill Trade

EducationNot Required

(Although Boosts Your CRS Score)

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