Canadian Experience Class Immigration to Canada

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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. Is Canadian Experience Class a good option for her?

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

Minimum Work Experience Requirements

Good 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 job categories TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

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 good. 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 vocabulary, the officer considers the latest test results. They won’t combine the results. While taking the second language test is not mandatory, it could significantly enhance your Express Entry CRS score.

Minimum Language Requirements if Your Job is TEER 0 or 1

You must take an official language test (either English or French) and meet the minimum requirements below for TEER 0 or 1.

TestLanguageSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
CELPIP-GEnglish7777
IELTS GeneralEnglish6.06.06.06.0
TEF CanadaFrench310249207310
TCF CanadaFrench1045845310

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 must get much better scores than these minimums.

Minimum Language Requirements if Your Job is TEER 2 or 3

You must take an official language test (either English or French) and meet the minimum requirements below for TEER 2 or 3.

TestLanguageSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
CELPIP-GEnglish5555
IELTS GeneralEnglish5.05.04.05.0
TEF CanadaFrench226181151226
TCF CanadaFrench63693756

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 must get much better scores than these minimums.

Other Requirements for Canadian Experience Class

Although there are 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 recommend you keep an equivalent to LICO in your bank account. Read the following article for more information.

Canadian Experience Class & Express Entry

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

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Al ParsaiAl Parsai, LLM, MA, RCIC-IRB
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This article has been expertly crafted by Al Parsai, a distinguished Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) hailing from vibrant Toronto, Canada. Al's academic achievements include an esteemed role as an adjunct professor at prestigious Queen's University Law School and Ashton College, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University. A respected member of CICC and CAPIC organizations, Al's insights are further enriched by his experience as the dynamic CEO of Parsai Immigration Services. Guiding thousands of applicants from over 55 countries through the immigration process since 2011, Al's articles offer a wealth of invaluable knowledge for readers.