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FAQ on Canada Experience Class (CEC)

CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS (CEC) FAQ

 Here is a quick FAQ regarding CEC :

Q. Can experience gained in Canada without proper work or study authorization be counted under the Canadian Experience Class?

No.

Q. Can lower-skilled workers apply to stay permanently under the Canadian Experience Class?

No. However, Provincial Nominee Programs are available to lower-skilled workers. These are workers in jobs classified at skill levels C and D under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) System.

Applying for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class is restricted to Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) in the NOC.

Q. I have different types of work experience in Canada, some skilled (NOC 0, A or B) and some lower-skilled (NOC C or D). Does the lower-skilled work experience count in any way toward the work experience required when the majority of my work experience is skilled?

No.

Q. I had a refugee claim denied. Does the work experience I gained in Canada while waiting for a decision on my application as a refugee make me eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class?

No.

Q. I’m a skilled temporary foreign worker and want to apply to stay permanently. Is there an education requirement?

No. Please see the Canadian Express Entry information.

Q. I meet the requirements to apply under the Canadian Experience Class but have since returned to my home country. Am I eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class?

Yes, but you must apply within one year of leaving your job in Canada. If you left your job more than one year ago, your work experience is not recent and does not meet the requirement.

Q. Does part-time work experience count toward meeting the requirements for work experience?

Yes, but it will take you longer to accumulate the amount of hours necessary to apply than an applicant who has worked full-time.

Q. I want to apply as a graduate. Can part-time work experience during my full-time studies in Canada be counted toward the one-year requirement?

No. Your work experience must be gained after graduation.

Q. I want to apply as a graduate. Does work experience that was part of my educational program’s requirements (such as Co-op terms and apprenticeships) count toward the one-year requirement?

No. Co-op terms and apprenticeships completed before graduating do not count as skilled work experience as they are considered part of an educational program. For this reason, co-op terms and apprenticeships are counted as part of the minimum two-year educational program requirement.

Q. It says that English- or French-as-a-second-language courses do not count toward education requirements under the Canadian Experience Class. Can my education be counted if there is a second language component?

Yes, but the second language component must account for less than half of the course load.

Q. I have a one-year master’s degree (or one-year certificate) from a Canadian post-secondary educational institution. Am I eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class?

Anyone accepted as a permanent resident under the Canadian Experience Class (based on their studies) has to have studied in Canada for at least two years.

Normally, this means you graduated with a Canadian post-secondary credential that requires at least two academic years of study, but there is one exception.

If you completed a one-year master’s (certificates and diplomas do not count with this exception), you would be eligible if you earned it after completing another program of at least one academic year in Canada. Both credentials must be obtained from a post-secondary institution recognized by the province. Each program must be completed within two years of each other.

Q. If I don’t have a total of two years of Canadian post-secondary education, are there any other options to apply to stay permanently under the Canadian Experience Class?

No. However, if you do not meet the requirements to apply as a graduate, you can position yourself to apply as a skilled temporary foreign worker. To do this, you must gain two years of skilled work experience.

Having completed a one-year post-secondary educational program in Canada, you qualify for a one-year open work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. You may use this permit to gain your first year of skilled work experience. This may lead to other employment opportunities toward gaining your second year. An employer may need to sponsor you for employment beyond your first year.

Q. If I have already submitted an application for permanent residence as a skilled worker (the traditional way to apply), can I still apply under this category?

Yes, but applicants are required to submit a new application with new fees.

If CIC has not started processing the skilled worker application, the applicant could withdraw it and may be entitled to a refund.

It is not forbidden to apply simultaneously with two different streams of the Economic Class.

However, the applicant will have to choose under which one the permanent resident status will be granted.

Q. When I applied for temporary residence, I needed to have a medical exam to get my work or study permit. Why do I have to have another medical exam to apply for permanent residence from within Canada?

Since the reasons for medical exams for temporary and permanent residence are different, and because of the amount of time in between tests, you may have to undergo two medical exams—one for each application.

Some applicants, depending on where they lived, may have needed a medical exam to come to Canada temporarily. This medical exam would have verified that they pose no health risk to the Canadian public.

All applicants for permanent residence in economic categories must go through medical screening for the reason above in addition to verifying that neither they nor a family member would pose an excessive demand on Canada’s health, education and social systems.

Q. Is the Canadian Experience Class open to temporary residents of Quebec?

Yes, experience in Quebec can be counted—but only if you plan to live outside that province. Quebec selects its own immigrants.

Q. Can I apply to stay permanently under the Canadian Experience Class if I plan to live in the province of Quebec?

No. Quebec selects its own immigrants. If you plan to live in Quebec, you must apply to be selected at the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec. www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.asp.

Q. Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Can I use it to get tested when I am applying under the Canadian Experience Class?

No. LINC is a program to help permanent residents improve their language abilities. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test d’évaluation de français(TEF) are the only test results that will be accepted. They must be conducted by agencies designated by CIC to assess whether you meet the language requirements for the Canadian Experience Class.

Q. Canada has agreements with several countries to allow their citizens to work in Canada temporarily on a working holiday. If part or all of my work experience in Canada was gained under such working holiday programs, can it be counted toward the work experience requirement in the Canadian Experience Class?

Yes — However, your work experience must still be classified as NOC 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification system.

Q. I graduated from a Canadian medical school. Can my residency in Canada be counted toward meeting the work experience requirement for the Canadian Experience Class?

Yes.

Q Where can I get more information about the CEC Applications? 

Go to our main CEC Application page here

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

116 thoughts on “FAQ on Canada Experience Class (CEC)

  1. sam

    Hi,
    I would like to apply for immigration with my child but not accompany my spouse. will i get max point as a single candidate? i meet the eligibility criteria 67 points.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sam. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Ketan

    Hi Everyone,
    This is ketan.
    I recently graduated and i got my post graduation work permit.
    My job post is (for example: co-op – service desk specialist).
    So, after graduation on PGWP…..my work experience gonna count if i will apply for my PR ?
    plz help me with this.
    thank you

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ketan. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. Md Anamul Hasan

    Currently, I am working in a company as a civil engineer (NOCA) since September 06, 2016 ( 4 months till now). Previously, I have 6 months part time work experience in project management-NOC0 ( as far as I know I can show 6 months part time experience as equivalent 3 months full time work experience). My position title for this part time job was ‘Research Clerk’ but the job descriptions match with NOC-0711. Combining all of these experience I can show 1 year Canadian work experience and apply for CEC class in around May 2017 ( 3 months equivalent full time for 6 months part time + ongoing full time when it will be 9 months = total 12 months)? Also I did my Masters in civil engineering from a Canadian university (2 fulltime year). I want to apply ASAP as my PGWP will expire April 2018. Need suggestions. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. Thank you for writing to us. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
      1. Md Anamul Hasan

        I would appreciate if you’d tell me if I can show the part time experience as equivalent to full time. Thanks.

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello. We need to know more details about the type of work, and the duration, and your status situation during that period. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  4. Harsh

    hi,

    I have been working as a Tool & Die maker for an Canadian employer for more than 1.5 years. i was graduated in april 2015. and i started working from may 2015. but when i applied for my open work permit it took me more than 1 month for approval and i got my postgraduate work permit in august 2015. now my question is related work experience that if i apply for express entry, will they count my work experience from joining of my work date or from the day i got my work permit?? thank you.
    Harsh

    Reply
  5. Kaya

    Hi
    How can i know how long work permit i can get after graduating. My program consists of 1.5 years study and 0.5 year coop program. Totally two years. As you know, we need at least 2 years program to get 3 years work permit after graduating. Do you know if coop program counts towards postgrad work permit to get 3 years work permit?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Kaya. Thanbk you for writing to us. You must make sure that you do not go out of status before obtaining your post graduate work permit. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Warrick Ambrosa

    I’m currently submitting my PR under the CEC/Experience Class. My partner is a Canadian citizen, and we recently became common law. Obviously we could go the sponsorship route for my PR, but I am already $1,000 invested in the CEC approach after getting degrees certified and sitting English tests etc. And I am also familiar with the CEC approach. Anyway, my question is, do I need to select that my common law partner is accompanying me to Canada if they are already a Canadian? This is one of the questions I had to answer, and selecting yes means we have to submit a ton of documents for my partner (thankfully we don’t have to get the certified). Thanks, Warrick.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Warrick. Immigration can be a very complex process, especially when there are several paths that you may qualify for. In order to give you an answer to your specific question we would need to know more about your situation and that of your common-law partner. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. john

    If i get let go from my lmia sponsored job which i got 600pts to apply for pr after my application has been submitted as a cec applicant..can i still get pr

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello John. Your Invitation To Apply (ITA) may be predicated on you having the LMIA sponsored job. Without that job, your Express Entry points may fall below the threshold to be selected.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. Shane

    I worked as a restaurant manager for 6 months and then as a catering supervisor for 6 months. I believe these are different noc codes. Can I count these as experience for CEC?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Shane. In order to count your experience for the Canadian Experience Class program, you will need to have at least one year of work experience in either NOC skill level O, A, or B.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
      1. Shane Cooke

        Does that mean I cannot combine these?

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Shane. For your work experience to be counted, it must be continuous work experience in the NOC.
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  9. Shifali

    Hi, I have been working in dental office as medical secretary (noc code B) since January 1st 2016 and was on study permit till March 31st. I applied for PGWP on 5 feb and got PGWP on 15 April. Will my experience be counted from January while on study permit or only the one I gained after work permit will be calculated?
    Also want to know that if I start working in completly different role from September onwards can it be calculated under 1 year experience to apply under Express entry?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Shifali. Thank you for writing to us. Unfortunately you cannot count your work experience that you gained while enrolled as a full time student. Your work experience must be gained while on a valid work permit such as a Post Graduate Work Permit. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  10. Shreya Upadhyaya

    Hello,

    I have applied under the skilled temporary foreign worker category. I have skilled work experience as an Architect from India of 1 year (Type A NOC Code). I have done my post graduation from Canada for 1 year and now I am working for the past 6 months under NOC code type O.

    My points are a little below 450 at the moment and I have based my application on my experience from India.
    My question is that once I complete 1 year of work experience in Canada, will that be counted as skilled work experience towards my express entry points even if its a different NOC code?

    Please let me know.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Shreya. Thank you for writing to us. Your one year of experience should count towards your express entry points. If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  11. Abhay Dey

    Hello,

    I have done my 2 years diploma course in Hospitality Management from Toronto, Canada and graduated in September, 2014.After that I worked as server. However from June 2015 I moved to Alberta and started working as Food and Beverage Supervisor. And now this month I got promoted as Bars Manager. So while filling up the Express entry profile , should I write my NOC code as 0631 or 6311. I know I have more experience in the NOC code 6311(B) category but however it did change now. Can you please help me with this query of mine?

    Regards,
    Abhay

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Abhay. The determination of how your work experience will count is very dependent on the main duties that you were required to perform. From looking at the job title that you have given, your NOC should be 6311.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  12. Kumar

    Hi. I have 11 months canadian experience 45 hours per week. Can I apply as canadian experience class immigration.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Kumar. We need to know all the information regarding your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
      1. Mahendar Rawat

        I have a one year PGWP after completing a one year post graduate certificate program in Ontario. I have already completed 7 months of skilled work experience in Canada and my visa will expire in November. Will I be eligible under CEC program after completing one year ?

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Mahendar. You will need to have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount of part-time skilled worker experience (NOC 0,A,B) in Canada to be eligible.
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  13. Mehreen Shaikh

    I have question regarding the Work Experience gained while one is waiting for their Work Permit to be issued. I am international student and graduated recently. I will soon start working and will consecutively apply for a work permit. Will the experience gained working while waiting for my work permit to be issue counted under CEC? Usually a work permit is issued anywhere between 3-6 months since the time of application. So will this period of working in NOC O, A, B counted for the One year of experience and will it be eligible for CEC because it will be without a valid work permit?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Mehreen. Work that you complete will on a study visa does not count. Work that you complete while on a Post Graduate Work Permit does count.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  14. Guninder Parmar

    Hello,

    I have graduated from Medicine Hat College in Alberta with a two year diploma in OTA(occupational therapy assistant)/ PTA NOC 3237(physiotherapy assistant) / Therapy assistant program. I have accumulated an equivalent number of hours while working as a Physiotherapy assistant. Part of those hours are from working as a Therapy assistant in Recreation NOC 3134 as my position was changed from a casual PTA to temporary full time therapy assistant. As I have experience in two NOC s, I am wondering if i can still submit my file in express entry under canadian experience class?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Guninder. It does not matter if the work experience is full-time or part-time. The important thing is that the NOC is valid.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. kiwi

        I am a PTA as well but I am neither part time or full time. Im a relief worker – called upon when needed. Some weeks I work part time hours or less and other weeks I work full time hours. Would my hours be qualified even though Im neither part time nor fill time?

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Kiwi. Thank yo for writing to us. You must have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount in part-time, skilled work experience under NOC 0, A, B. Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week. Part time works means 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours), or 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than one job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours).
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  15. Gurjant

    Hey
    I started full time after my graduation and after I applied PGWP.I had my valid OCWP during that period.I work 6 months on my OCWP and I got my PGWP.Just wanna know can I use my those 6months when I wasnt a student and was wating for PGWP towards CEC.
    thanks in adavance.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Gurjant. You cannot use the six months when you were not a student towards your Canadian Experience Class.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  16. Ekaterina

    Hi Michael,

    I have completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Queen’s and right now i am working in aIT Software company (Contracting with them as a sole proprietor)

    The company pays me as a sole proprietor. I am getting my T4 but agency is only deducting the CPP and EI, they are not deducting my taxes. I have to pay my taxes at the end of the year.

    So can i apply under CEC with this job?

    Thank you.

    Ekaterina

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Ekaterina,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I would be more than happy to assist you with figuring out your options for applying for PR and to determine what is the best route for you to take. In order for me to do so, I must first obtain some more information about you. Kindly complete this form for me Ekaterina, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the details I need to proceed. You will be contacted once your submission has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  17. Saadia

    My husband applied under NOC B level job. However, he had 2 jobs ( C Level) for 2 and 4 months accordingly which we did not mention in express entry profile. Now we would like to know whether we do have to mention all jobs he did with open work permit or just those with NOC O A B level.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Saadia,

      Thank you for your post. You are required to mention all positions that the applicant retained while working in Canada on the application. If it does not fall under the 0, A, or B category then he won’t be getting points for those positions, but they should be stated regardless. MF

      Reply
  18. Jignesh

    HI,
    If i have worked 9 month full time(40 hrs a week) in skilled category B and my current job which falls under Skill category A (5 month old full time ). Both in Canada.
    Can I combine my experience as 1 year of skill category experience.??
    Thanks…

    Reply
    1. MONI

      I have total 8 years of experience in Telecomm sector in INDIA.
      How is the chances for me as a PR applicant

      Reply
  19. Rodolfo Rocha

    HI,
    I read here: “you must apply within one year of leaving your job in Canada. If you left your job more than one year ago, your work experience is not recent and does not meet the requirement.”

    However, at the CIC website “http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/cec/apply-who.asp”, there’s a statement saying: “You must: have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply”

    Currently, i fulfil the requirements stated at the CIC website, but i left my job more than a year ago. Am i still eligible to apply for a Canadian Experience Class Entry?

    Another question: My work permit is as a medical specialist and i’ve worked an average of 80/hours per week for 6 months (that is allowed if you’re a medical specialist). The total of hours is 1920 hours in a full time work permit job. Can i already apply for a Canadian Experience Class Visa or would i need to have at least 1 year?

    Thanks,
    Rodolfo

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Rodolfo,

      Thank you for your post. I think that what is stated on this page and the link you have posted mean the same thing it has just been worded differently. You need 1 year of full time paid experience in skill level 0, A, or B in order to qualify as well as to qualify it needs to be 12 months regardless of the hours you worked it still needs to be at least 1 year. MF

      Reply
  20. Satwant Singh

    Hello
    I have 6 years + experience in skilled work from a Canadian company. but not have t4 slips and NOA as I worked as freelancer from outside of Canada. can this be considered under Canadian experience class, if not how can I use this experience ?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Satwant,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Luckily, the employment may count depending on what skill you were employed under (0, A, or B) and the length of time you worked for the Canadian company. Because this information was not provided in your post, please email us at [email protected] with the response and we can surely assist you in using that experience to meet the eligibility requirements for CEC! MF

      Reply
  21. Priyanka

    Can I apply under two different NOC codes as one year experience. My both jobs are under NOC A and B. Will it be considered under CEC?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Priyanka,

      Thank you for your inquiry. If they are both under A and B, you can definitely use them in your application. MF

      Reply
  22. gurdip rai

    hello sir
    i have done my 2 year diploma in mechanical engg. technician in Ontario and right now i am working as cnc machinist since August 2014 . my employer told me noc code of my job is 7231. now thing is that if i check the requirement for this noc code they have mentioned that we need four year apprenticeship to become cnc machinist. sir please can you tell me exactly the noc code of my job.
    thanks.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Gurdip,

      Thank you for your post. It is always best to follow the requirements as per the NOC code and CIC rules and regulations. The biggest misconception that applicants have while retrieving or determining their NOC code is they go based upon the job title when it needs to be more based upon the description of the duties. Make sure that you search all the NOC’s associated with your position and to pay close attention to the description to find which NOC suits you best. If you have questions from there, I suggest you book a consultation so I can give you further assistance. MF

      Reply
  23. Rahul

    Hi;

    What kind of companies can I work for to be eligible under CEC. Is the company required to have a minimum revenue or number of employees?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rahul,

      There is are no minimum number of employees nor is there a minimum revenue that the company must have. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  24. Lye

    Will I still be able to apply directly through the CEC program when the express entry scheme launches?

    Thank you!

    Reply
  25. Raman

    Hello,

    I have a 14 months of experience in Canada. I studied for 1 year. Am I eligible for Pr?

    Reply
  26. Rahim

    Hi ,
    I appreciate if you could help me in this. I have worked for one year in Canada I am planning to apply for PR in CEC program. I am taking IELTS exam on JAN 26 2015 . can I submit my application now and send my IELTS score in FEB 2015 ? I heard that from jan 2015 CEC program is closed is that true?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rahim,

      You can certainly send in your application now, and the new express entry program should not negatively effect this application. We always encourage people to submit applications as soon as possible instead of waiting because you could end up not qualifying for any immigration benefits if you wait too long. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/canadian-experience-class/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  27. Dipak

    I have a job in NOC B code (7231) with from one employer and I have almost 6 months exeperience .Now If I leave this job and get on the same NOC B code (7231) with another employer and after 6 months can I apply for the PR in CIC?

    and can you make sure that NOC B code (7231) job requires 2 yr experience or just 1year?

    Reply
  28. Navin

    Hi,

    I had 15 months of work experience in canada and i left canada in Apr 2013. Its been more than an year since i left. Am i still eligible to apply under CEC. CIC website says 12 months experience in last 3 years. But some websites say that i need to apply within 12 months of leaving canada. Can you pls clarify.
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  29. Alex

    Hello,

    May I apply CEC in NOC O with send two result together?

    First
    Speaking: 6.0
    Reading: 6.0
    Listening:6.0
    Writing: 5.5

    Second
    Speaking: 5.5
    Reading: 6.0
    Listening:6.0
    Writing: 6.0

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Alex,

      Generally, a minimum score of 6.0 is required in each band, but our experienced immigration team may be able to work around this and help you explore all of the options that are available to you.

      Regards.
      Owen

      Reply
    2. owen

      Hello Alex,

      Generally, a minimum score of 6.0 is required in each band, but our experienced immigration team may be able to work around this and help you explore all of the options that are available to you.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  30. Vipul Patel

    Hello,

    I have Diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technician in Canada. I have 6 months experience as Lab Technician that falls under NOC B category as well as I have another 6 months experience as Data Analyst that falls under NOC A category. so am i eligible for CEC for above both experiences. Skill work experience means need to have one year Experience in NOC A,B or O Category. right?

    Please help to solve this problem. I am very confused in this point.

    Kind Regards,

    VP

    Reply
  31. OC

    Hello,

    I have worked for one-year full-time from Oct 2013 till Oct 2014 at NOC 2132. I worked this entire time with my PGWP. I have completed a 2 yesr MSc in Chemical Engg from Univ of Alberta.

    What is the difference between FSW and CEC? Which one is better for my situation?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. The CEC is meant to reward people who already have experience living and working in Canada, whereas that feature is not emphasized in the FSW program. It appears that the CEC would be a very good option for you, and we can certainly help facilitate this lengthy and complex application process for you. Please refer to http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/canadian-experience-class/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  32. pako

    I m a refugee clement I was denied. I m a mechanic working for Chrysler for more than four years in Canada I would like to know if I can apply for National Occupational Classification (NOC)
    7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers

    Reply
  33. Nitin Bajaj

    Hi ,

    I have done contracts in
    NOC 2172 : 4.5 months
    NOC 2282 : 4 months

    I would be grateful to recieve reply ,
    firstly does contract experience is counted ?
    And secondly do i just need 1 year of experience , as till now i have two diffrent NOC experience.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Nitin,

      Thanks for the question. If you have one year of continuous full-time employment then this would allow you to fulfill one requirement of the FSW program application, and if this includes contract experience that should still be acceptable.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  34. farman

    Hi Michael,

    as of today, will it be worth it for us to go as an international student for 2 years master program and than go for PR under CEC after completing one year job experience on Post study work permit, i wonder will the rules be same after 3-4 years for us to go for CEC as immigration ministry has changed alot in last 2-3 years
    what do you suggest?
    One more question, as a student dependent will my work be counted as a valid work experience to apply for CEC during the study time of my prime applicant

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Farman,

      It is not impossible for these particular laws to change, however you should not base your decisions on the uncertainty of the future legal landscape. It would be best to push forward with your goals of coming to Canada, and our experienced team can definitely help you to do this. And if you are employed and earning a wage, then you are working (for the purposes of the CEC application requirements). Please let us know if you have any more questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  35. S S Kambo

    Hi Michael,

    I have completed my 3 years diploma (Software Development and Network Engineering) and right now i am working in financial institution as a IT QA Analyst (Contracting with Agency as a sole Proprietor).

    The Agency pay me as a sole proprietor. I am getting my T4 but agency is only deducting the CPP and EI, they are not deducting my taxes. I have to pay my taxes at the end of the year.

    In this case I don’t have my own business but i am just working for a agency as a sole-proprietor at the client (financial institution) location for 37.5 hrs/week.

    So can i apply under CEC with this job?

    Thanks !!!
    Kambo.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Kambo,

      Thank you for the post. I have forwarded your question and contact information on to a member of our Canadian Immigration Team. You will be contacted via email soon.
      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  36. Govind

    I had two years Canadian experience and eligible to apply for PR under CEC category. Now, I am going back to my country but I want to know that for how many years I am eligible to apply for PR under CEC category after leaving Canada.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Govind,

      Thank you for the question. You must have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply for PR under the CEC category. If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  37. Meenu

    Hi,

    It is mentioned that for CEC,you should have 1 year experience in last 3 years. That means i can apply for CEC even after 1.5 years of leaving the job.
    Please let me know if i am correct.

    Reply
  38. Santosh

    Hi
    As I will get 1 year work experience in my field after may 2015. Am I still eligible to apply under CEC.
    I am Graduate of 2013 with 2 year PG diploma.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Santosh,
      To qualify for the CEC Post-Graduate Stream you must have completed a program of study as well as 1 year work experience in in a NOC type 0 or Level A or B occupation. Without knowing what field you are studying, I am unable to answer your question. If you wish, please fill out the Free Online Assessment Form, from there we can take a closer look at your details and be able to give you a more specific answer to your question.

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  39. Anonymous

    if I complete a one-year post-secondary
    educational program in Canada, then I qualify for a
    one-year open work permit under the Post-
    Graduation Work Permit program.
    So,can I apply CEC after that one year work experience?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hi and thank you for your question.
      The eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class states that:

      – Have 12 months of skilled work experience – full time or equivalent part-time. This experience must have been acquired within the last 3 years in a NOC 0, A or B occupation
      – The work experience must have been acquired with the proper authorization
      – Meet minimum language threshold.
      – The application must not be one of the 6 exempt occupations

      In accordance with these criteria, you would be eligible to apply after 12 months of work experience. If you have any further inquiries into applying for your CEC, we’d be happy to provide you with a .

      Reply
  40. Madhusudanarao

    Hello,

    My name is Madhu completed one year postdoc fellowship from McGill University health center. However my salary was paid by switzerland as a postdoc fellowship. I do not have T4 or T4A slips.

    Am I eligible to apply under CEC?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Madhu,
      I require a bit more information in order to answer your question. Please go here: http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out our Free Online Assessment Form, a member of the Canadian Immigration Team will have a response for you within 24 hours.

      Best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  41. Madhu

    Hi I am working as a postdoc in Montreal from January 2013. I would like to apply for CEC from Quebec. I dont want apply under Quebec provincial. I want to apply under federal CEC with a home address in Quebec.

    Is it possible?

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hello Madhu,

      Thank you for your question and yes it is possible to apply for CEC by having a residential address in Quebec. In order to give you detailed advice on how to prepare the application package, please contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      .

      Reply
  42. Michal

    Hello Michael,

    Am I eligible to apply for CEC if I have only 6 months experience in NOC B? By the time they process my application I will have more than 12 months of experiencies.

    Thanks
    Michal

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Michal,

      Thank you for your post. In order to be eligible for and application for Permanent Residence under the Canadian Experience Class category, you must: plan to live in Canada in any province outside the province of Quebec, have at least 12 months of full-time or if part-time, the hours must equal one year full time of skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply. You must also have gained your experience in Canada with the proper authorization (valid Work Permit) and you must meet the minimum language requirements (you must take and pass an English Language test).

      We understand that you have been working for 6 months in an occupation that is Skill level B under the National Occupation Classification; however, you must work for another 6 months before you can make the application. CIC does not count future work experience.

      With that said, you can also be eligible for other Permanent Resident applications. Please fill out our free assessment and one of our highly skilled representatives will help you out and determine your eligibility. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  43. Sfm

    Hello Michael,

    I want to know if I am eligible to apply under Canadian experience class.
    I graduated from a 2 year master program in 2012. I started working full time with my off-campus work permit for a duration of 3 months when I was no longer a registered student but I was waiting for my defense.
    Then I worked full-time for 11 months with my post-graduation work permit. can i use those 3 months towards my application?
    I highly appreciate your help.

    Reply
    1. Sonia Grewal

      Hello Sara,

      Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, work experience that is part of a off-campus work permit does not qualify as work for a Canadian Experience Class application. I suggest you fill in an assessment form at http://www.visaplace.com and one of our team members will contact you to book a consultation to discuss your potential options.

      Reply
  44. Mergerbe

    Hi Michael,
    I left Canada in 2011, but got strung along by two immigration consultants since then who took our money but did nothing for us. It’s now 2014, and we realize we can file for Canadian Experience class on our own. I realize that I missed the one year in three years experience by one year, which was not through my own fault. I worked in Canada for the same employer for seven years. Am I too late to apply or do i stand a chance? should I send in my application? Please advice.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Mergerbe

      I am sorry that you had a bad experience with immigration consultants. We are immigration lawyers. We have wrote a lot about immigration consultants. Some are good, some are certainly not. The same applies for lawyers. For us to know what your chances for success are you can complete our immigration online assessment form.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  45. aman

    hi am i eligible for cec if i work in different field than my field of study
    but still my work isunder b catageory
    or i have to find job in my study field

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Aman
      Thank you for your post.
      You may be eligible to work in a different field but it depends on what that area is. We would need more information to answer your question
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
    2. Anisa Dattu

      Hi Aman,

      Thank you for your post, applicants to the CEC program must now:

      • Demonstrate at least 12 months of full-time paid work in a skilled occupation in the 36 months preceding the date of application; and,
      • Demonstrate a minimum language proficiency in English or French as per the guidelines applicable to the applicant’s occupation. A positive English test is mandatory for all applicants regardless of their nationality. (ie. ILETS, CELPIPS)

      In order to proceed, we require more information about your current B category occupation and your field of study. Please fill out our free assessment form and we will be able to help you determine your eligibility under this program. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Best,

      Anisa

      Reply
  46. Kerry

    Hi Michael ,

    I have a few questions that i hope you may have the answer to. If i have been working a temporary skill B full- time job with 35 hours a week which is only a one year term contract job , will i be able to use this job to apply under the CEC? After the job contract is over in the year , i will have to leave the job , will this affect my chances of applying under the CEC?

    I understand that applicants will have to work a full time job for 12 months but do you have to remain in the same job after the year when applying under the CEC?

    Thank you for your time,
    Kerry

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Kerry
      Based on the information you provided, you should be fine since they meet the requirements of working full time for one year in Canada. We should look into when the work permit expires because we need to make sure you have valid worker status while earning the 1 year of work experience in Canada

      You do not have to remain in the same job. You can switch employers, but the you may have to apply for a LMO or attempt to make an application for an open work permit. With that said, I think it would be best to find employment in the same field.

      Regards,
      Michael

      Reply
  47. carlos

    I have worked for 11 month fulltime as skilled worker NOC B and was terminated can I still apply under Canadian experience class? My work visa is still valid till march 18 2015 and how can I apply for permanent residence?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Carlos

      You can make an application for PR under CEC; however, you must be sure gain 12 months of full time work/employment in the field that he has chosen. The work experience must be gained between the date the application was submitted going back 3 years. Meaning, if you made the application in January 2015, only experience gained between January 2012 – January 2015 will be accepted.

      At the same time, the employment must all be related to each other. Eg if you worked at McDonalds and you lost your job, and started working for Harvey’s, it would have to be for the same job. This way all of his work experience is consistent and all work experience can then be used when making the CEC application.

      Reply
  48. Hussain

    Hello, can anyone answer this to me, that if I work for more then one company for my one full year work experience , e.g 6 months for one company then move to different company and work 6 months there as well for same “NOC B”.. will CIC accepts that as well under experience class ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Hussain
      Yes you can gain 1 year experience in different companies/occupations. Here are the regulations below

      Member of the class
(2) A foreign national is a member of the Canadian experience class if
      (a) they have acquired in Canada, within the three years before the date on which their application for permanent residence is made, at least one year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work experience, in one or more occupations that are listed in Skill Type 0 Management Occupations or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification matrix, exclusive of restricted occupations

      You need to meet these requirements to apply under the Canadian Experience Class. You must:

      plan to live outside the province of Quebec
      have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply,
      have gained your experience in Canada with the proper authorization
      meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening).

      Reply
  49. Rejal

    Hello,

    If I am a doctor, does working as a clinical fellow in a university program count towards the eligibility for CEC?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Rehal
      Thank you for your question. Depending on the duties you are performing and I would need more details, you may be eligible for the CEC program. We would require more details. You can complete our online immigration assessment and we can look into this further for you.
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  50. cheng

    HI Michael
    Just want to know, is that ok if I leaving Canada fow two months right after I applied CEC immigration?

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Cheng

      That depends on the case but generally that should be ok. Also depends of you have or need a visa to return.
      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  51. Jeff

    Hi Michael,
    I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Western University for more than one year, I got T4A with line 104 income (Research Grant) instead of T4, without CPP and EI. Am I eligible for applying PR under CEC foreign worker stream?
    Thanks!
    Jeff

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Jeff

      Interesting. I’d have to look into that one. My best guess is yes–a T4A should be ok here.

      Michael

      Reply
      1. cassie

        Hi, i am international student, and i worked as a statistical analyst in a company for a year, however, i got T4A instead T4. I am really worried that it is gonna affect my application for Permanent Resident.

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Cassie. You will need a T4 to prove that you are an employee of the company and not a contractor. You should ask them for an amended form.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  52. Cao

    Hi!
    I worked in Montreal as a postdoc(research associate) for more than one year from July 12,2010 to Aug 25,2011. That work is included in Class A. So i think I’m eligible under CEC(Canadian Experence Class). But I have returned to my home country since Aug 25,2011 until now. I noticed in the old rules on CEC, a skilled worker left his Canadian work for more than one year is not eligible for applying for CEC. I don’t know if I am eligible under the changed CEC inssued on Jan 2,2013 since i have left Canada for nearly two years. Hope you can help to clarify it. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Cao
      It appears you may be eligible under the CEC but we would need to take a more in depth look at your case.

      Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  53. Wang

    When i hired by a Canadian company as a full time manager, i need to be sent to oversea for the business, like training and marketing. Sometime i may stay there more than 1 months. Totoally maybe there are three months in one year i will stay outside of Canada.I wonder if these time can be counted into 2 year working experience?
    Thanks in advance, Wang

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Wang
      It is possible that your time away could be counted if you worked for a Canadian company the whole time but you have to proof this of course. There are no gaurantees when it comes to CEC applications. Visit our CEC Page for more information

      Reply

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