Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is for individuals currently working inside of Canada on a Temporary Foreign Worker Permit.  Temporary Foreign Workers are ideal candidates to obtain Permanent Residence because they have already become immersed in Canadian society and have already established themselves both, in their careers and their community.

In order to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) an applicant must meet the following criteria:


  • Have obtained at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date
  • Meet or surpass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”), depending on the level of the job


An applicant is able to remain in Canada throughout the application process however, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is also open to individuals currently not residing in Canada as long as, they meet the aforementioned criteria.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is the most popular option for International Students as it provides the simplest and quickest route towards achieving Permanent Residency.