To qualify for the Canadian Experience Class, a foreign national needs 12 months of full-time (or equivalent part-time) Canadian work experience in a NOC 0, A or B occupation. Under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)program, which provide that the minimum qualifying experience must be continuous and in the same National Occupation Classification (NOC), experience under the Canadian Experience or CEC category, one does not need to meet either of those requirements. So, the applicant can use non-continuous eligible work experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the CEC program and the work experience can be in more than one NOC.
He was still confused after I explained the difference to him, which is understandable. Please note the different requirements between the FSW and CEC programs.
For clarity, why don’t we examine the sections from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations that apply to both programs.
Under the Canadian Experience Class program, IRPR provides that:
(1) For the purposes of subsection 12
(2) of the Act, the Canadian experience class is prescribed as a class of persons who may become permanent residents on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada, their experience in Canada, and their intention to reside in a province other than the Province of Quebec.
Member of the class
(2) A foreign national is a member of the Canadian experience class if
(a) they have acquired in Canada, within the three years before the date on which their application for permanent residence is made, at least one year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work experience, in one or more occupations that are listed in Skill Type 0 Management Occupations or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification matrix, exclusive of restricted occupations; and
In comparison with the FSW Program:
75 (1) For the purposes of subsection 12
(2) of the Act, the federal skilled worker class is hereby prescribed as a class of persons who are skilled workers and who may become permanent residents on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada and who intend to reside in a province other than the Province of Quebec.
(2) A foreign national is a skilled worker if
(a) within the 10 years before the date on which their application for a permanent resident visa is made, they have accumulated, over a continuous period, at least one year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, in the occupation identified by the foreign national in their application as their primary occupation, other than a restricted occupation, that is listed in Skill Type 0 Management Occupations or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification matrix
The applicant was happy to learn that he meets the work experience requirement of the Canadian Experience Class.
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Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Immigration Refugee Protection Regulations.