Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) caters to skilled workers with Canadian work experience aspiring to become permanent residents. Recognized as one of the swiftest routes to Canadian permanent residence, CEC processing typically takes only three to four months.

Under the Express Entry system, CEC employs the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess and rank applicants. Those with competitive CRS scores receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Minimum Requirements:

  •  Full-time employment: 30 hours per week for 12 months.
  •  Equivalent part-time work: e.g., 15 hours per week for 24 months.
  • Multiple part-time jobs or work at more than one job, amounting to 30 hours per week for 12 months.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs, or
  • Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs.

The Owner-Operator LMIA work permit route offers some significant advantages as compared to applying through entrepreneur streams of provincial nomination programs.

The Owner-Operator LMIA is processed through the Federal program for temporary foreign workers. Further, you can apply for PR through the Federal route, which means you are free to settle in any province of your choice. A PNP applicant will have to necessarily settle in that specific province regardless of whether there are better opportunities in other provinces.