When a candidate receives an invitation to apply to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) under the Express Entry system, Citizenship and Immigration Canada uses the following criteria to assess the application:
- Candidates must have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before applying;
- Candidates must have gained the experience in Canada with the proper authorization; and
- Candidates must meet the required language levels for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening).
Please note that calculating full-time employment or its equivalent can be tricky in some cases. In addition, please note that NOT every employment qualifies under the CEC category.