Canadian Experience Class Immigration to Canada

Sofia, a Spanish citizen, is only 24 years old. She entered Canada as an international student when she was 19. Sonia completed a four-year bachelor’s program at the University of Saskatchewan. She then received a job offer from an employer in Vancouver. It is now about 14 months since she has been working for her Canadian employer as a Marketing Analyst on a full-time basis. Sonia took a CELPIP test a few months ago. She intends to immigrate to Canada, but she wonders what will be the best option for her, considering she does not have enough savings in her bank account.

One of the options to immigrate to Canada is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. CEC is a suitable option for some of the people who have work experience in Canada.  They also need to meet minimum language requirements.

Minimum Work Experience Requirements

Acceptable work experience must meet the following requirements:

  • It occurred in the past three years, and
  • it happened in Canada, and
  • it was at least one year of full-time experience equivalent, and
  • it wasn’t a self-employed job, and
  • it was under skill levels 0, A, or B.

Read the following articles for more information about work experience and skill levels.

Acceptable Language Tests

You need to take at least one of the following tests.

  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program  (Only CELPIP General is acceptable. Don’t take General-LS)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System (Only IELTS General is acceptable. Don’t take IELTS Academic)
  • TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français
  • TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français

You only need to take one of the tests per language. If you present multiple test results under the same language, the officer considers the latest test results. They won’t combine the results with each other. While taking the second language test is not mandatory, it could enhance your Express Entry CRS score significantly.

Minimum Language Requirements if Your Job is Skill Levels 0 or A

You need to take an official language test (either English or French) and meet the minimum requirements below for skill levels 0 or A.

Test Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CELPIP English 7 7 7 7
IELTS General English 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TEF Canada French 310 249 207 310
TCF Canada French 10 458 453 10

 

The figures above are minimums. You need to meet the minimum under each ability (i.e. speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Even if your score falls under the minimum for one of the abilities you may not apply. Since you will eventually compete with other Express Entry applicants, you need to get much better scores than these minimums.

Minimum Language Requirements if Your Job is Skill Level B

You need to take an official language test (either English or French) and meet the minimum requirements below for skill level B.

Test Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CELPIP English 5 5 5 5
IELTS General English 5.0 5.0 4.0 5.0
TEF Canada French 226 181 151 226
TCF Canada French 6 369 375 6

 

The figures above are minimums. You need to meet the minimum under each ability (i.e. speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Even if your score falls under the minimum for one of the abilities you may not apply. Since you will eventually compete with other Express Entry applicants, you need to get much better scores than these minimums.

Other Requirements

Although there no other minimum requirements for CEC, the following factors affect your Express Entry CRS score:

Exemption from Settlement Funds

When you apply under CEC, you do not need to show settlement funds (i.e. a minimum amount of money in your bank account). However, I highly recommend you keep at least equivalent to LICO in your bank account. Read the following article for more information.

Canadian Experience Class & Express Entry

The Canadian Experience Class is managed under the Express Entry system since January 2015. For more information read the following article.

If you wish to visit or move to Canada or if you have encountered any issues with the immigration authorities, you may fill out our free assessment form or book a consultation session to assess your potential opportunities or offer you immigration, visa, or citizenship advice.

Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting

Disclaimer:
This article provides information of a general nature only. It may no longer be current. It does not give legal advice nor should you rely on it as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, you should consult a lawyer. If you are looking for immigration advice, book an appointment. All the characters in the articles are fictional, unless otherwise clearly stated. Any resemblance in names, dates, and places (whether individuals, organizations, regions, or countries) is coincidental.

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Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.