How to gain permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class

Gain permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class by following the simple step-by-step process.

Many immigrants in Canada with Canadian Work Experience are looking to achieve permanent residence status in Canada. And now, they can fulfill their dreams through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. CEC has been offering various immigration pathways for experienced candidates since 2008. 

There has been a brief pause on CEC applications from September 2021 to till now. But the invitation rounds for the Canadian Experience Class are all set to restart in July, and the processing time for new applications will expectedly return to six months.

The Express Entry System manages the Canadian Express Entry Program, and the eligible candidates under the CEC receive a score through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) holds the Express Entry draws almost every two weeks to invite the high-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian immigration.

Follow the step-by-step process to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class. 

Step 1: Meeting CEC’s eligibility criteria

To be eligible to gain the permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class, the candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • The candidate should have one year of experience in Canada, either skilled, professional, or technical. 
  • Score a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 for NOC B jobs or CLB 7 for NOC skill level for 0 or A jobs.
  • Candidates who plan to work and live outside of the province of Quebec and who have work experience in Canada can apply to the Quebec Experience Class.

A candidate needs a minimum of one year of work experience and the work experience can be obtained through part-time or full-time job experience.

Step 2: Submit your Express Entry profile to the IRCC website

Visit the official website of IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) and create an account. Then create an Express Entry profile and provide all the necessary details. 

The candidate gets 60 days to complete and submit the express entry profile.

Once you have completed the profile filling, please submit it to the IRCC, and then they will figure out the Express Entry Program you are eligible for.

If the candidate gets eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, the IRCC will place them in the Express Entry Pool with other qualified candidates. The candidates receive scores based on their work experience, age, language abilities, educational qualifications, etc.

Step 3: Check for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Creating and completing the Express Entry profile does not mean that you will receive the invitation to apply for permanent residence. The candidate should have a high score to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of the Express Entry draw.

If you meet all the eligibility criteria in the Express Entry pool, IRCC will send you an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The candidates who receive an ITA get 60 days to submit the application. 

Step 4: If you receive an ITA, apply for the immigration

Candidates can immigrate to Canada after receiving an Invitation to Apply from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The IRCC will inform you about the immigration process, including the program you selected for and the next step in your immigration journey. It is an automatic system that invites the candidates to apply to any programs managed under the Express Entry system in the following ranking: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), CEC, Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and then Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

IRCC and immigration officers will verify the details submitted by the candidates in their Express Entry profiles. If the information provided by the candidates is wrong or incomplete, then your immigration application may be rejected by the officer.

Other ways to immigrate

The Provincial Nominee Program of Canada is one of Canada’s most prominent immigration programs after the Express Entry program. Canada plans to welcome over 80,000 new PNP candidates as permanent residents over the next three years under their 2022-2024 immigration levels plan. 

Eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool can get invited to apply for a provincial nomination program. Those candidates who receive the provincial nomination will receive an additional 600 CRS scores and can apply for immigration as a PNP candidate.


The Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry system has become one of Canada’s most promising immigration programs since 2008. It accounted for over one-third of the record 405,000 landings last year.

And from the beginning of this summer, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will provide new open work permits to PGWP (post-graduation work permits), which also offers them a chance to be eligible CEC candidates.

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