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Express Entry -
Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry - Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a program that allows skilled workers who have gained work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency. This program is one of the three categories under the Express Entry system, which is used by the IRCC to manage applications for permanent residency from skilled foreign workers.


To be eligible for Express Entry - CEC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equivalent amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years.

  • Your work experience must be in a skilled occupation, as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • You must meet the language proficiency requirements in either English or French, as set by the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC).

  • You must be admissible to Canada, which means you must not have any criminal convictions or medical issues that would make you inadmissible.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can create an Express Entry profile and enter the pool of candidates. IRCC uses a point-based system to rank candidates in the pool, called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS awards points based on factors such as age, language proficiency, education, work experience, and other factors.

Candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residency through regular Express Entry draws that take place approximately every two weeks. Once you receive an invitation to apply (ITA), you have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residency.


Overall, Express Entry CEC is a great option for skilled foreign workers who have gained valuable work experience in Canada and wish to apply for permanent residency.

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