Important Note: As of January, 1, 2015 candidates for the Canadian Experience Class program will be selected to apply through the Express Entry System. If you have applied before January 1, 2015, your application will be considered according to the former system.
You can find a detailed list of eligibility requirements on the IRCC website.
Your work experience must be Skill Type 0(managerial occupations) or Skill Level A(professional occupations) or Skill Level B(technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).
It is important to note, however, thatsome occupations within these categories are not eligible for the program. Your work experience must be paid, full-time or the equivalent hours part-time. Full-time means at least 30 hours per week. You must have had this work experience in Canada.
If you are a graduate of a post-secondary institution in Canada and have studied as a full-time student for at least 2 academic years, you may be eligible to apply under the CEC.
You must still have the required work experience to be eligible to apply. You must have gotten this work experience after you graduated, not on a student visa. If you got work experience while on a post-graduation work permit or a similar work permit, it is considered valid.
If you were in a co-op program (or another academic program with a similar work placement or internship), your co-op work experience does not count towards this 1 year. You can only count work experience that you get after you graduate. Part-time work while you were a full-time student does not count towards your eligible work experience.
If you are eligible to apply under the CEC category, you may submit your profile to Express Entry. Express Entry is a new online application system for economic immigration categories, such as the CEC.