Are you working in Canada or do you have past work experience in Canada as a foreign worker? Did you work in Canada as a temporary resident and are now planning a Canadian immigration? Do you wish for a permanent residency in Canadian Province? Are you trying hard to look for ways to either get permanent residency in a Canadian Province or even citizenship in Canada? Are you aware of its immigrant nominee program that can help you get permanent resident status?
Here is a program, by the Canadian government to help you immigrate to Canada, become a Canadian permanent resident and have a chance to citizenship. Your language proficiency, occupation, IELTS score, qualifications, international work experience, work permit in Canada, sponsorship etc. can be helpful in fulfilling your dreams of immigrating to Canada and becoming a permanent resident of Canada using the CEC program.
What is the Canadian Experience Class?
If you have worked as a temporary foreign worker under the temporary resident status and now want to immigrate to Canada or wish to be a part of the immigration process and gain Canadian residency or Canadian citizenship, this may be the program for you! Canadian Experience Class comes under the Express Entry program itself. The Express Entry program was designed by the Canadian government to give certain immigrants a permanent residence and citizenship in the country.
The Express Entry has three programs under it, designed for this purpose and the Canadian Experience Class is one of them. If you have been in Canada as a skilled temporary foreign worker, the government of Canada’s program for citizenship and immigration, the Canadian Experience Class may be your aid in this process.
Let’s determine if you are qualifying for this program.
We are here to help you immigrate to and get citizenship along with an occupation in Canada. The first step, let’s check if you are qualifying to be a nominee of permanent residency in the country. Find below the criteria you need to meet for qualification to this program.
- Language skills
You need to have basic language skills. You need to be able to write, speak, read, and understand French language or English language or both. To qualify for this criteria, and prove your language proficiency, you must take a language test that is approved.
Your level of proficiency is measure according to the Canadian Language Benchmark or CBL for English and Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadien or NCLC for French. You need a minimum score of 5 in listening and speaking criteria of the test and 4 in reading and writing according to CBL.
Remember, the language test is valid for up to 2 years from when it’s taken. Ensure that the results of the test are valid on the day you apply for this program to gain permanent residence in Canada.
This program does not require you to fulfil these criteria. But if you want to increase your chances of being selected by this program and gain Canadian permanent residency, you can include these criteria in your online application.
If you have completed an education level equivalent to a certificate diploma or degree by Canadian standards, include the report to show the same. The report from the Education Credential Assessment (ECA) will be required. If you have education from Canada up to secondary or post-secondary level, include the credentials in the form of degree or diploma certificate.
Keep in mind, you do not have to fulfil these criteria to become a nominee for permanent residence, but it will help increase your chances in the selection criteria.
- Skilled work experience
Under this program, various professions are divided into skill types. If you have worked in any of these professions and received and wage or income for the same while a temporary resident in Canada then you meet this criteria.
The three skill types are :
- skill type 0 or managerial profession.
- skill type A or professional job
- skill type B or technical or trade skills.
A minimum of 1-year experience of skilled work while a foreign worker in Canada is required. This experience should be within the past 3 years of the submission of your online application. The work experience itself must have been a full time or part-time equivalent to the time as a full-time job. Also, the experience must have been gained in Canada and that too with a temporary resident status.
The program also lists certain criteria that can disqualify an application. You must not be a refugee or have a refugee claim in Canada. Also, the work experience you gained must not have been without authorization. If the job in Canada was not under a temporary resident status, your application can be disqualified.
Another thing to keep in mind is the work experience gained as a self-employed worker or a student will not be included as work experience in this program.
The application asks the applicant to mention which province or territory he or she will be living in if offered permanent residence in the country. It is not highly required for you to live in the province mentioned in your application.
You can choose any province apart from Quebec like Manitoba, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon or a territory. However, you will have to stay and settle in the province that nominates you, if you are a provincial nominee.
Passed the eligibility stage, what to do next?
Congratulations! Now you are eligible to further apply for the CEC program. This takes you one step closer to citizenship and immigration to Canada. The next steps:
Time to get your documents in place and in order. Documents of your language ability tests, your educational qualifications, province assessment documents, and proof of employment in Canada as a foreign worker under temporary resident status, 1-year full-time job or its part-time equivalent.
Apart from these, you need to gather your birth certificate, marriage certificate, adoption certificate as well as medical records. You are also required to produce financial proof that you can support you and your family members or spouse once offered permanent residence in Canada. You must also produce legal documents showing that you can be a legal member of the Canadian society.
The documents proving you have a valid job offer from an employer having an occupation in Canada is also required.
- Fill the online application
The final step in the process is to complete and submit your online application along with supporting documents to the Express Entry under the Canadian Experience Class. Make sure everything is in order in your application as this determines if you can immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker, be working in Canada and gain permanent residence in the country along with a chance to apply for citizenship.
After your application is submitted, you are placed in a pool with all the candidates who have applied and wish to immigrate to Canada as skilled workers under this program. Your application and thus you will be ranked according to a ranking system based on some selection factors. It is a point system and if you are among the top candidates, an invitation will be sent to you to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
So what are you waiting for!! Check the eligibility criteria. Fulfil the requirements and apply as soon as possible. You can log out of your online Express Entry profile whenever you want but the application must be submitted within 60 days of account creation or you will have to start the process all over again.