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canadian experience class (cec)

Under this program temporary foreign workers in Canada can apply for permanent residence. If you are a temporary foreign worker with required duration of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, you may apply for Canadian permanent residence under this category. 


Skilled work experience means you should have worked for at least 12 months in Canada in a NOC skill type 0, A or B job. Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) is not acceptable under this program. You must also show your intention to live outside the province of Quebec, and must also fulfill minimum language requirements (English or French). In case of NOC skill type 0 and A jobs, language requirement is CLB 7. In case of NOC skill type B jobs, language requirement is CLB 5.


These PR applications are received and processed through the Express Entry system. If minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to enter the Express Entry pool where his/her profile will be ranked in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in competition with other candidates.


This category is ideal for international students in Canada. After completing a program of study at a Canadian educational institution, many international graduates are able to remain in Canada on post-graduate open work permit. If, during the validity of open work permit, a graduate obtains at least one year of work experience at a position which comes under NOC skill type 0, A or B, they may be eligible to submit their profile under Express Entry system.  


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