The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
If you have already worked in Canada for one year or will come up to that date within the next few months, you may qualify now.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program is designed to allow international students and temporary foreign workers who have one year of work in Canada to apply to become Permanent Residents of Canada. From January 1, 2015, you will need to qualify fully in this program and also apply to the Express Entry (EE) protocol. This is different than in prior years when you were allowed to apply directly into the CEC program. Now you must compete with a broad range of candidates in other programs where you will be ranked and selected and then invited to apply. Having a perfect first step application is now essential to even be chosen for the second round where only then will you be allowed to apply for permanent residence.
The Canadian Experience Class should be of interest to any Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada now, or international student who has studied here and worked in Canada for one year after graduating. For international students who are soon to graduate, at this stage in your Canadian Immigration journey, it is important that you make the right career choices, and to understand the recent changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program that shows there are more changes to come that may impact your ability to qualify in future. You will need to understand the next most important step, that of choosing the right job at the right NOC (National Occupation Code) level, and to take the correct language proficiency test.
80% of our recent inquiries in this category are all reapplications, where the client filed on their own and was refused on the smallest of technicality for a detail they missed. You cannot afford to have this happen to you, especially since being disqualified in the EE round will then prevent you from applying again for a full year, or worse, see you banned from applying for 5 years if IRCC feels you misrepresented any important fact.
You can also call us to book a face-to-face consultation, or for those not near our offices, we can book a phone or Skype consultation as well. We hope we will get a chance to meet soon in person or by phone, and look forward to being of service to you in making your immigration journey a success.