Turn Your Temporary Stay in Canada into A Permanent One with the Canadian Experience Class!
Canada is proven to be a wonderful haven for permanent residents, with leading educational institutions, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and bountiful employment opportunities. Thus, it comes as no surprise to see many temporary foreign workers in Canada looking to turn their residency status into Permanent. If you happen to have similar goals, you can do so as well with the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Immigration Program!
What is this amazing Program?
The CEC is an immigration program which allows temporary foreign workers in Canada to gain Permanent Resident status. It is used by the Canadian government to deem how likely temporary foreign workers are to increase economic integration as a Canadian resident. Members of this Program usually have important established networks in Canada as temporary foreign workers as well as international students.
How can I qualify for this Program?
Applicants to this Program must meet some basic requirements, including:
- A minimum of 12 months’ work experience in a skilled, professional, or technical occupation within 36 months of the date on which you lodge your visa application;
- Obtaining a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) threshold of 5 (initial intermediate) or 7 (adequate intermediate proficiency), depending on the occupation on your visa application;
- Not having intentions to live in the province of Quebec.
Once you successfully apply for this Program, you can remain in Canada throughout the entire application process. You can also choose to apply for this Program from outside Canada, as long as you meet the minimum requirements. Moreover, if you are currently working in Canada but your visa is set to expire before the completion of the application process, you can even obtain the “bridging open work permit”,thus extending your work and stay in Canada while you await a final decision on your application!
Can I consider this Program if I am International Student?
Of course! In fact, we recommend that you do, as it will help your transition from being an international student to becoming a permanent resident of Canada! After you complete your graduation from a qualifying academic program at a designated Canadian educational institution, you can become eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). This is an open work permit which allows you to work for any Canadian employer. Once you have at least one year’s work experience under your belt, you automatically qualify for the CEC Program!
One last thing. What exactly is “Skilled Work Experience”?
Well, simply put, Canadian immigration defines “skilled work experience” as experience in occupations that are either:
- Managerial (NOC skill type 0);
- Professional (NOC skill type A); and
- Technical Job and Skill Trades (NOC skill type B).
Full-time work experience is at least 30 hours a week, but you can meet this quota by working for its equivalent amount in part-time work experience!
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