In the past 3 years, have you worked in Canada? Or are you at the very least working in Canada right now? Congratulations if so, because this has brought you one step closer to getting permanent residency status and being able to permanently call Canada home! This is thanks to the Canada Experience Class (CEC), an immigration program designed to help out foreign nationals who have at least a year of work experience, amongst other criteria.
As any Canada Express Entry consultant will tell you, the CEC falls under the Express Entry system. Through that, the processing of permanent residency applications can take as little as 6 months long, compared to the usual timeframe. Due to the travel restrictions brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic, CEC candidates in the thousands have been getting ITAs (Invitations to Apply) during Express Entry draws. More often than not, CEC candidates who apply for Express Entry do not need to travel because they are already working in Canada.
Having Canadian work experience when you apply for permanent residency gives you an incredible edge. With this, CIC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) sees you are more adaptable to Canadian life since you have an established network of friends and colleagues, and maybe even relatives, living in the country.
Having Canadian work experience and a full-time job offer from your employer will exponentially enhance your chances of getting a provincial nomination. That is basically the equivalent of getting an endorsement from a province of Canada. Your CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score will go up by 600 immigration points, which can pretty much guarantee a successful Canadian immigration application.
Here is the best way to get Canadian permanent residency with work experience:
- Have a valid permit as you gain your work experience – Note that student work experience and IEC work experience do not count! Have at least 1 year minimum under your belt before you apply. You must have work in a Professional, Trade/Technical, or Management position.
- Make an Express Entry Profile – Should you be able to meet the minimum requirements of the CEC immigration program, you can then create an Express Entry profile. Your profile will be scored against CRS criteria. This is aside from the minimum requirements that also include criteria like age, arranged employment, and even your spouse’s profile if you have one; the total score will be out of 1,200 points. The candidates with the highest score get bi-weekly ITAs.
- Have your education credentials verified – Points for an education earned in Canada —a certificate, diploma, or post-secondary education or even high school degree or —can count! However, foreign education must come with an ECA (Educational Credit Assessment), which states that the education you completed is equivalent to Canadian education.
- Get a full-time job offer – Depending on the classification of your occupation (NOC A, B, O, 00), you can get anywhere from 50-200 points towards your CRS score.
Getting permanent residency in Canada is much easier with work experience. The entire process is generally streamlined and boils down to meeting certain minimum requirements. It is noteworthy that even with Covid-19, they are issuing ITAs to people who are already in the country to begin with.
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