As this program's name suggests, it is a Canadian Permanent Residence program for people who have a prior skilled work experience of more than a year in Canada. You should have at least worked for 1560 hours in fully accredited full-time work or part-time work. Nevertheless, your stay during this period in Canada is mandatory.
Your unpaid internships (although you have been in Canada for more than a year in Canada on unpaid internship) are not considered. At the same time, the jobs you might have undertaken as a student will also not be considered for aiming it up to compulsory 1560 hours work time.
You are not eligible for this Visa if you belong to the following categories:
- you’re a refugee claimant in Canada
- you’re working without authorization
- your work experience was gained without temporary resident status in Canada
This year CEC Category saw many draws and invitations, and the trend seems to continue for the coming years.
Here are some alluring statistics from the Express Entry Draws that took place between January 2021 and September 2021:
- A massive 1 06,414 PR invitations have been issued so far. They are the highest ever to date in Canadian Immigration history (from this, a total of 97,653 invites have been issued under the CEC category alone until now).
- The Canadian Experience Category had 17 draws so far, and the total invites issued out were a stunning 27,332 on 13th February 2021 alone. The lowest CRS score for a PR invitation on the same day was 75 points and the first time in the immigration history of Canada.
- The least number of CEC invites issued on 20th May 2021 were 1,842. CRS has been in the range of 357 and 461 during this year, which means that the trend might continue until the end of this year and the coming years.
It means if you think you are eligible under this Program, you need to apply immediately.
As per the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC), the following labels are given to skilled professionals:
- managerial jobs (skill level 0)
- professional jobs (skill type A)
- technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)
- Your work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A, or B jobs.
It would help if you had your work experience evaluated against the LEAD STATEMENT because every profile has a specific set of requirements that alone qualifies you for the Canadian Experience Class Program.
Although Education is not mandatory for this Program, it is always good to have Education from an accredited institution (in Canada? Or a degree equivalent to the Canadian) to expedite your application to the Express Entry Pool.
However, your Educational Certification must be approved by the Educational Credential Assessment and the designated organization for immigration purposes.
As for IELTS score is considered, you must get a score as mentioned below:
- Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs ( 6,6, 6, 6 in L,R,S,W in IELTS) or
- Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs ( 5,4,5,5 in L,R,S,W in IELTS)
Your IELTS score shouldn't be more than two years old.
It would help if you lived outside the Quebec province until your skills (as justified by NOC) makes it mandatory and eligible for you to live inside Quebec Province.