Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Workers or Students currently in Canada can become Permanemt Residents through the Canadian/Quebec Experience Class program. There are categories available specifically for individuals who are studying or working in Canada. These include the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Quebec Experience Class (PEQ) and Provincial Nomination Programs.
- A primary goal of Canada’s immigration law is to reunite families in Canada.
- Family Class is based on relationship to a Canadian sponsor.
- Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents can sponsor spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, parents or grandparents.
- Different streams allow some applications to be processed in Canada, while others must be processed outside of Canada.
Federal skilled Workers
- Skilled workers are people who will contribute to Canada’s growing economy. Successful applicants will receive a Permanent Resident card. You must meet the 6 selection factors in the skilled worker points grid, which are:
- Abilities in English and/or French, Canada’s two official languages. You must take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) ;
- Work experience from the list of eligible occupations;
- Arranged employment in Canada;
Federal Skilled Trades
- Part of Canada’s strategy to address shortage in skilled trades
- Requires a job offer with Labour Market Impact Assessment OR a provincial certificate of qualification in your trade
- Two years journeyman experience is needed in the trade
- Minimum levels of English or French are required
- We can help you understand language testing and credential assessment requirements
- We can assess your opportunities in this class, which grows more complicated every year
To qualify for Canadian citizenship you must physically live in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1460 days in the six (6) years immediately before you apply for citizenship. In addition,
• be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days during any four (4) calendar years that are fully or partially within the six (6) years before you apply;
• meet all applicable requirement under the Income Tax Act to file income taxes for any four (4) taxation years that are fully or partially within the six (6) years immediately before you apply;
• have the intention to reside in Canada, to work outside Canada in or with, or to accompany certain family members employed in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province outside Canada;
•have the ability to speak and understand the English or French language. This does not apply to persons 65 years of age or older, and
•be able to demonstrate, in English or French, knowledge about Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship. This does not apply to persons 65 years of age or older.
Note: If you were born abroad to a Canadian parent you may be a Canadian citizen. But, not all children born outside of Canada to Canadian parents automatically become Canadian citizens. Making an Application for Certificate of Citizenship is the official way to see if you are.