The CEC program is a pass‐fail system. What that means is that there is no point threshold an applicant has to meet. You simply meet the minimum requirements and you are eligible for this program. However, under the Express Entry system, applicants are ranked against each other and only the candidates with the best qualifications will be selected.

 

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The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program, like all federal immigration programs, is governed by the Express Entry system.

 

The CEC program is a pass‐fail system. What that means is that there is no point threshold an applicant has to meet. You simply meet the minimum requirements and you are eligible for this program. However, under the Express Entry system, applicants are ranked against each other and only the candidates with the best qualifications will be selected.

 

In other words, even if you are eligible for this program, you still have to compete with other prospective newcomers to get your visa. Because of this, it is always in your best interest to make sure your profile is as attractive as possible, to maximize the likelihood that you are invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

 

Mandatory Minimum Requirements of the CEC Program

 

  • One year of full time, or equivalent part time, skilled employment in Canada, on a valid work permit
  • The Canadian work experience must have been obtained in the last 3 years preceding the date you submitted the initial application
  • Basic to moderate language proficiency in English OR French, depending on the skill level of your position in Canada

 

Document Requirements for CEC

 

 

An important detail to mention is that strictly speaking: you do not need to provide educational documents like the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or reference letters from your employment outside of Canada. That said, because CEC is now governed by the Express Entry you are ranked against other prospective applicants. Due to the comprehensive ranking system used by Immigration Canada to compare applicant’s credentials, it is in your best interest to obtain reference letters from your previous employers outside of Canada and to provide ECA documents to help increase your comprehensive ranking score and therefore better your chances of obtaining your Canadian Permanent Residence visa.

 

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