Note: As of May 1, 2014, there is an overall cap of 8,000 for new Canadian Experience Class(CEC) applications. There are also sub-caps of 200 for each National Occupational Classification B applications. These are the last applications CIC will accept under the current system before the launch of Express Entry in January 2015.
Work experience in the following occupations may not be used to qualify for the CEC:
- Food service supervisors
- Administrative officers
- Administrative assistants
- Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
- Retail sales supervisors
You must meet the following minimum requirements to apply under the Canadian Experience Class. You must:
- plan to live outside the province of Quebec,
- meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening),
- have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply,
- have gained your experience in Canada with the proper authorization.
Skilled work experience
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:
- Managerial jobs – NOC skill types 0
- Professional jobs – NOC skill types A
- Technical jobs and skilled trades – NOC skill types B
You must have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount in part-time. Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week.
If your existing work permit is about to expire you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. Bridging open work permits allow qualified applicants to keep working while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application.
If you are married or live with a common-law partner in Canada, and that person also meets the above conditions, you can decide which one of you will apply under the CEC as a principal applicant.
A common-law partner is a person who has lived with you in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. Common-law partner refers to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.