Canadian Experience Class | CEC Express Entry

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    The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is designed for skilled workers with Canadian work experience and also meet language proficiency requirements to apply for Canada PR. Under the Express Entry system, there are three immigration programs and CEC is one of them. The other two are the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). 

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for Express Entry’s CEC, the candidate must have a minimum of 1 year of Canadian work experience. The skilled work experience gained must be under TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3, and it needs to be paid. 

    The eligibility requirements are:

    • have a minimum of 1 year of Canadian skilled work experience in the past 3 years of applying
    • have gained the required work experience when they were working legally as a temporary resident in Canada
    • performed all the essential and most of the main duties as listed in their respective NOC 
    • take a language test and score at least:- TEER 0 & 1- CLB/NCLC 7 ; TEER 2 & 3- CLB/NCLC 5
    • language test must be valid, meaning less than 2 years old
    • though there’s no education requirement, if you want to improve your CRS score, you may provide an ECA or get an education in Canadian
    • you must be admissible to Canada
    • must plan to live anywhere in Canada except for Quebec 

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    Documents Required

    Documents for Express Entry profile

    Additional documents 

    • Provincial nomination
    • Job offer
    • Proof of work experience
    • Certificate of qualification in a trade occupation

    Documents for PR Application

    Additional documents 

    • Birth certificate (if you have dependent children)
    • common-law union form (in case your marital status is listed as “common-law”)
    • marriage certificate (if your marital status is listed as “married”)
    • divorce certificate (in case your marital status is listed as “divorced”)
    • death certificate (in case the marital status is listed as “widowed”)
    • adoption certificate (if you have a dependent child listed as “adopted”)

    How to Apply

    Step 1: Be Eligible

    Make sure that you are eligible to apply through Express Entry. You must meet the requirements to be eligible otherwise IRCC won’t put your profile in the Express Entry pool. 

    Step 2: Create your Express Entry Profile

    To create an Express Entry profile, you must log in to IRCC’s secure online account. Provide the required information and upload the necessary documents to complete your profile. 

    Step 3: Submit an Express Entry profile

    When you are done creating your profile, submit it. IRCC will start evaluating the information that you provided in the profile and if you are found eligible, your profile will be put in the Express Entry pool with the other eligible profiles. 

    IRCC will see which Express Entry program you qualify for. When a draw is conducted, your profile may or may not receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on the requirements of that particular round. 

    One important thing to know here: IRCC does not let you choose a program based on your preferences when you are creating your profile. IRCC assesses the program under which you qualify, and you receive an ITA to apply through that program. 

    If IRCC finds you eligible for more than one program, it will invite you to apply under one of these programs (based on this order):

    • Canadian Experience Class
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program 
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program

    Step 4: Express Entry Draw

    Wait for an Express Entry draw to be conducted by IRCC. It has been seen on a regular basis that a draw is usually conducted every second Wednesday or Thursday. 

    However, because of the latest launch of Category-based Express Entry draws, predicting the next Express Entry draw have been relatively unpredictable. 

    However, you can always rely on us to keep you updated on the latest draws. Just make sure that you subscribe to our website so you can receive all the latest info!

    Step 5: Receive an Invitation to Apply

    If you receive an ITA in a draw, make sure that you complete your PR application within 60 days of time. Upload all the required documents and information and then submit your application after you are done. 

    Express Entry Draw: CEC-Specific Round

    Though IRCC usually conducts a draw every second week, it is not necessary that it would be for a CEC-specific round. Actually, there are three different types of rounds of Express Entry draws:

    • General round (eligible candidates from all three programs under Express Entry are invited)
    • Program-specific round (eligible candidates from only one selected program would be invited)
    • Category-based round (eligible candidates for any one of the Express Entry programs are invited but they must meet the particular category’s requirements as well)

    The last Express Entry draw dedicated to the Canadian Experience Class was conducted on 14 September 2021. 2,000 candidates scoring 462 or higher CRS points were invited to apply for PR under this draw. 

    Processing Time

    An application under the Canadian Experience Class is processed in about 5 months, which makes CEC the fastest way to immigrate to Canada. This is the standard processing time that IRCC aims to assess about 80% of PR applications under CEC. 

    Fee

    Type of FeeCost (Canadian Dollars)Cost (Approx INR)
    Application Processing Fee$85051,800
    Right of Permanent Residence Fee$51531,400
    Including your Spouse/partner$1,36583,300
    Including a dependent child$23014,000

    Now that we have mentioned the eligibility criteria, which documents you need, and how you can apply to immigrate to Canada as well, we are sure that your queries are satisfied. However, if you have any more questions, give us a call!

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