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Canadian Experience Class

If you have been working in Canada, you can apply and Immigrate to Canada permanently under the Canadian experience class, CEC (Except if you are planning to live in the province of Quebec, which manages its own immigration program). In order to qualify for CEC, you must have completed one year of full-time work or equivalent part-time work in Canada.

Eligibility requirements


Experience in Canada

Have at least one year of full-time experience (or the equivalent of part-time work) as a skilled worker in Canada (Full-time work means at least 30 hours per week, and you need to have worked at least 1,560 hours in a year).



The one-year work experience must have been obtained within the three years preceding the date your CEC application is received.


Skill type

Your experience must be in one of the following categories of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC). Skill Type 0, A or B.



 Language requirements-NOC 0 and A employment requires min CLB 7 to qualify for CEC experience. Whereas NOC B requires CLB 5 minimum to qualify for CEC.

CEC-What you should know


Self employment and employment during study

Self-employment experience is not counted towards the Canadian experience class. The employment while you were a student is also not counted.


Hours per week

30 hours per week are counted as full-time work, and additional hours per week can only be counted to compensate for 30 hours in other weeks. Part-time work can be counted.


NOC-National Occupation Classification

It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that he/she performed majority of job duties per the selected NOC.  


Employment start date

The employment start date is the day you applied for Post Graduate work permit and working in NOC 0, A Or B and not the day you receive your post-graduate work permit approval.

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