Canadian Experience Class
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a program under the Express Entry system that allows skilled workers who have gained work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency. CEC is designed for individuals who have already gained valuable work experience in Canada and are looking to make their stay permanent.
What is a CEC Draw?
CEC draws are part of the Express Entry system, where the government of Canada conducts regular draws to invite candidates to apply for permanent residency. CEC draws specifically target skilled workers who have gained valuable work experience in Canada.
In a CEC draw, candidates are selected based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS score is a ranking system that assesses candidates based on various factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and other criteria.
Candidates who have a CRS score that meets or exceeds the cut-off score for the CEC draw are invited to apply for permanent residency. The cut-off score for each CEC draw varies, and it is determined by the government of Canada based on the current immigration targets and the number of candidates in the pool.
How Does a CEC Draw Work?
CEC draws are conducted every two weeks, along with other Express Entry draws, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). To participate in a CEC draw, you need to meet the eligibility requirements of the CEC program, including:
- You must have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the last three years.
- You must have gained this experience in Canada with proper authorization.
- You must meet the language proficiency requirements in English or French.
- You must have obtained an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if your education was obtained outside Canada.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you need to create an Express Entry profile and provide all the necessary information, including your work experience, language proficiency, education, and other relevant details.
Your profile will then be assessed based on the CRS score, and you will be ranked against other candidates in the pool. If your CRS score meets or exceeds the cut-off score for the CEC draw, you will be invited to apply for permanent residency.
What Happens After You Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?
If you receive an ITA, you have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residency. You will need to provide all the necessary documents, including language test results, Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), work experience, passport or travel documents, police clearance certificate, medical exam results, and proof of funds.
Your application will be reviewed, and you will receive a decision on whether you have been granted permanent residency. The processing time for CEC applications varies, but it generally takes around six months to one year to receive a decision.
CEC draws provide an excellent opportunity for skilled workers who have gained valuable work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency. By participating in a CEC draw, you can increase your chances of receiving an invitation to apply and make your stay in Canada permanent. Remember to follow all the eligibility requirements, create an Express Entry profile, and provide all the necessary information to increase your chances of success.