The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program represents a significant avenue for individuals with Canadian work experience to attain permanent residency in the country. The Canadian Experience Class is a federal immigration program managed under the Express Entry system. Introduced to attract skilled individuals with Canadian work experience, the CEC recognizes the value of individuals who have already contributed to the Canadian labor market. This program serves as a bridge for temporary residents to transition from temporary work status to permanent residency.


To meet the eligibility criteria for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), applicants must satisfy specific requirements related to Canadian skilled work experience and language proficiency. The detailed prerequisites are as follows:

  1. Canadian Skilled Work Experience: Eligible candidates should possess a minimum of one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the three years preceding their application. Alternatively, an equivalent duration can be considered if the experience was acquired through part-time employment. This work experience must be gained while the applicant was authorized to work under temporary resident status in Canada.
  2. Duties in the National Occupational Classification (NOC): During the qualifying work experience, applicants must demonstrate that they performed duties as outlined in the lead statement of the occupational description in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This includes the execution of all essential duties and a significant portion of the main duties associated with the NOC categories of TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3.
  3. Paid Work Experience: The Canadian Experience Class requires that the skilled work experience be remunerated, involving paid wages or earned commissions. Volunteer work or unpaid internships are not considered in determining eligibility.

It’s crucial to highlight that certain individuals are not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class. This includes those who are refugee claimants in Canada, individuals working without proper authorization, and those whose work experience was obtained without temporary resident status in the country.

Engaging in self-employment or acquiring work experience while being a full-time student, even during co-op work terms, does not contribute towards meeting the minimum requirements of this program.

However, there is a notable exception for foreign national physicians. A temporary public policy has been introduced for physicians who were invited to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry on or after April 25, 2023, and have submitted an application. If these physicians possess work experience in providing publicly funded medical services in Canada, such as fee-for-service work, and are deemed ineligible due to being self-employed, their work experience is now considered as Canadian work experience.

This exemption acknowledges the unique circumstances of physicians and aims to appropriately recognize their valuable contributions to publicly funded medical services in Canada within the context of the Express Entry program.


Language proficiency is a vital aspect of eligibility, necessitating the completion of approved language tests covering writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Meeting the minimum required score is imperative, and the obtained test results must be entered into the Express Entry profile. It’s crucial to note that the validity of these language tests extends for a period of two years from the date of the test result, ensuring that they remain current and applicable on the day of your permanent residence application.


Although the Canadian Experience Class does not have a specific educational requirement, to enhance the applicant’s ranking in the Express Entry pool, there are two strategies available.

For individuals who completed their education in Canada, points can be earned by possessing a certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution.

For those with foreign education, points can be secured by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Possession of a completed educational credential.
  2. Obtaining an educational credential assessment report for immigration purposes from a designated organization; and
  3. Ensuring that the educational credential assessment report verifies the equivalence of the applicant’s education to a completed certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution.

These approaches provide applicants with opportunities to boost Express Entry profile, contributing to an improved standing in the selection process.


Seeking legal assistance when applying for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is advisable due to the intricate nature of immigration processes. Legal professionals bring a comprehensive understanding of eligibility criteria, helping applicants navigate complex requirements and optimize their Express Entry profiles for better chances of success. They address potential challenges, ensuring accurate and complete documentation while keeping abreast of policy changes that could impact the application process. With legal guidance, applicants can navigate the CEC application with confidence, increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.


In conclusion, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) serves as a pivotal avenue for individuals with Canadian work experience, facilitating their journey to permanent residency through the Express Entry system. As explored, the eligibility criteria encompassing skilled work experience, language proficiency, and optional educational considerations reflect the program’s commitment to recognizing and retaining valuable contributors to the Canadian workforce.

Navigating the complexities of the CEC application demands a thorough understanding of the outlined requirements. Applicants must showcase their proficiency in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) duties, affirm paid work experiences, and fulfill language proficiency standards. Moreover, the program’s recognition of the unique circumstances of foreign national physicians showcases the adaptability of immigration policies to acknowledge specific professional contributions.

While educational prerequisites are not mandatory, the strategic inclusion of academic achievements enhances an applicant’s standing within the Express Entry pool. Whether through Canadian or foreign education, these considerations provide individuals with opportunities to strengthen their profiles and augment their likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

In essence, the Canadian Experience Class stands as a testament to Canada’s commitment to attracting and retaining skilled individuals who have already made significant contributions to the nation’s workforce. Embracing the CEC pathway signifies not only an individual’s professional journey but also a commitment to becoming an integral part of Canada’s diverse and dynamic community.

At Kozyrev Law, we understand the profound impact that securing permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) can have on individuals seeking to establish their lives in Canada. Our dedicated team specialize in navigating the intricacies of the CEC application process, providing comprehensive guidance on eligibility criteria, documentation, and strategic approaches to enhance Express Entry profiles. We prioritize accuracy and completeness in document preparation, ensuring that our clients’ applications align seamlessly with program requirements. Recognizing the uniqueness of each case, we offer tailored solutions to address challenges and maximize opportunities for success. With Kozyrev Law, applicants can embark on their CEC journey with confidence, knowing they have a committed ally dedicated to facilitating their transition to permanent residency in Canada.

Note: The information presented in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice. It is recommended to refer to official government publications and guidelines for accurate and up-to-date information. For obtaining legal advice tailored to the specific circumstances of your case, it is advised to consult with a qualified professional.

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