Canada has so many immigration programs that cater to different individuals and skillsets. One of its popular programs is the Canada Experience Class (CEC), formed to cater to individuals who already have work experience in Canada.

The government places importance of these individuals because they already know the Canadian way of life, so they’re almost halfway when it comes to adjusting to the culture and society in Canada.

Here are the requirements to qualify for CEC:

⧫ At least one year of skilled, professional, or technical work experience in Canada within 3 years prior to application

⧫ Threshold of 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”) in the Canadian Language Benchmark, depending on the level of the job

⧫ Plan to live and work anywhere in Canada except the Province of Quebec (the province has its own Quebec Experience Class for those who want to live there)

Most of the individuals who qualify in the CEC have worked in Canada previously under the following conditions:

⧫ With an open work permit as the spouse of someone working in Canada

⧫ With an open work permit under an international exchange program

⧫ With a post-graduate work permit, after completing full-time studies at an approved institution

⧫ With a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

⧫ Under an LMIA-exempt category

Some Problems to Watch Out For

Looking at the Canadian Experience Class requirements, one will think that it’s easy to apply to the program as long as the individual has the necessary experience.

However, there have been a considerable number of rejections recently because of unforeseen problems on the part of the applicants. Here are the most common:

I. Mismatch in the NOC Code

This one is a mistake that might be committed by someone even before he applies for CEC – during the time when he was just getting experience in Canada.

One of the requirements when applying for CEC is a list of National Occupation Codes (NOCs) corresponding to the occupations the applicant had taken prior to the application.

Sometimes, there is a mismatch between the codes and the actual duties of the applicant (i.e. the duties may interchange with an occupation that has a similar set of tasks). This can lead to refusal.

II. Mismatch in the Documents Presented

Some of the documents needed when applying for CEC are the applicant’s resume and work reference letters. Mismatch typically happens when the reference letters state job descriptions that do not match the applicant’s NOC for the said occupation or the LMIA issued to the candidate.

The Canadian government is getting stricter when it comes to the applications that it is approving, so candidates have to be doubly careful when submitting their requirements.

If there is any doubt at all about the status of the documents that will be submitted, it might be a good idea to consult an immigration lawyer and have him check all the needed documents before submission. This will eliminate any chances of getting disapproved.