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Express Entry (CEC)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)


The Canadian Experience Class is designed for skilled workers seeking permanent residency in Canada, based on their Canadian skilled work experience and language proficiency. 


1. Skilled Work Experience (CEC)

To be eligible, applicants must meet specific criteria, including having at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada (full-time or part-time) within the three years before their application. This experience must align with the National Occupational Classification (NOC) guidelines, encompassing essential and main duties within NOC categories. Applicants for CEC may apply for occupations in TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3. It is important to note that self-employment, work experience without temporary resident status, and work experience gained as a full-time student do not fulfill these requirements. 


2. Language Ability (CEC)

The applicants must provide their language ability by taking approved language tests, which assess the candidates’ writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Applicants for the TEER 0 or 1 job are required to achieve CLB 7 from all four abilities, and applicants for the TEER 2 or 3 job are required to achieve CLB 5 from all four abilities. The applicants can enter the test results in their Express Entry profiles, and the test scores are valid for up to 2 years and must be valid on the day of application. 


3. Education (CEC)

While there is no education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class, a certificate, diploma or degree earned in Canadian institutions or foreign education can contribute to a candidate’s ranking in the Express Entry pool.


In Summary

The minimum requirements for CEC include…


● Skilled work experiences from TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3 in Canada. 

● Work experience & job in their immigration application in the same TEER

● 1,560 hours or a minimum of one year of experience within 3 years

● CLB 7 from all four abilities for TEER 0 or 1 & CLB 5 from all four abilities for TEER 2 or 3

● No educational requirement but can increase the rank by submitting

● certificates, diplomas, degrees from Canadian institutions or 

● a completed educational credential and Educational Credential Assessment for foreign institutions 


Meeting these minimum prerequisites leads to an evaluation based on additional selection factors, including age, education, work experience, job offers, language proficiency, and adaptability. Successful candidates receive an overall score out of 100, with the current pass mark set at 67 points, paving the way for permanent residency in Canada.

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