Skilled Workers

A future for experienced workers in Canada

The (CEC) Canadian Experience Class Skilled Workers which is included in the Express Entry system has given skilled workers and international students graduating from Canadian institutes the opportunity to gain quick access to permanent residence and then eventually citizenship in Canada.

Candidate requirements for CEC

The following are the requirements for being eligible for CEC:

  • Your language skills and Skilled Workers must be up to suitable standards for your assigned jobs. This includes all language-related skills like speaking, writing, listening, and reading and you must have language test results that are still valid (less than 2 years old) to submit them for CEC application.

  • You must also have Skilled working experience in Canada for at least 1 year period within the 3 years before your CEC application submission. The requirements for skilled working experience include working for 30 hours a week, for 12 months in a full-time job, a total of 1,560 hours of work, or an equal amount of time spent working in part-time jobs. You can also do multiple part-time jobs to meet the working hours requirement.

  • You must also complete your working hour requirement while having the authorization to work under temporary residence status.

However, it should be noted that the CEC applications for those under the (NOC)  National Occupation Category are different from normal. In this system, the government classifies jobs based on the duties and work a person does in them and one must hold a job in NOC 0, A, or B to be qualified for applying to CEC.

International students who graduated from Canadian institutes can also apply for CEC once they have completed one year of work under (PGWP)  Post-Graduation Work Permit. This method can also help improve the student’s rank in the Express Entry pool.

Moreover, foreign students can compare their with that of Canada to see if their education level is the same as a completed certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution by completing an (ECA) Educational Credential Assessment from a designated institute, for immigration purposes.

Ineligible Qualifications

The following are aspects that will have you remain ineligible for CEC;

  • Job volunteers

  • Unpaid employment

  • Self-employment

  • Work hours are done as a full-time student (regardless if it is co-op hours)

  • Additional work done above 30 hours a week will not be counted

  • Cannot plan to live in Quebec

Finally, you must pass medical and security clearances and must not have any criminal records. If criminal records are present there are options to overcome criminal inadmissibility.

Final application steps

Once you have determined that you are eligible to apply for CEC you must prepare your documents for your profile. The documentation must include your Passport, proof of Canadian education/Educational Credential Assessment Report, Skilled Workers provincial nomination (if eligible), language test results, a Written job offer (if obtained), proof of work experience, certificate of qualification in a trade occupation by a Canadian provincial territory (if obtained); and proof of funds. Afterward, if you receive an (ITA) Invitation to Apply you must report gaining permanent residence.

Explanation of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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