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April 2, 2023

The Canadian Experience Class: How Africans Can Take Advantage of Express Entry  

As a seasoned Canadian immigration consultant with Empire Fly, I’m well-versed in the intricacies of the immigration process for citizens across Africa. Understanding the diverse challenges they encounter, one prevalent avenue, not only for Nigerians but for individuals from countries like Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) within the Express Entry system. This article aims to offer a comprehensive guide for African citizens on navigating the CEC application process and meeting its eligibility criteria.


To initiate the CEC application process, citizens from across Africa must first establish a profile on the Express Entry system. This system is used to manage applications for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. To create a profile, individuals must provide information about their skills, work experience, language proficiency, and education.


Once a profile has been created, it will be entered into the Express Entry pool of candidates. Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS takes into account factors such as age, language proficiency, education, and work experience. The highest-ranking candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.


To qualify for the CEC, citizens from various African nations must satisfy specific criteria. Firstly, they must have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years before they apply. Secondly, they must have a valid language test results in either English or French. Thirdly, they must have completed a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary educational credential.


It is important to note that individuals who have a valid job offer or have been nominated through a provincial or territorial program are not eligible to apply through the CEC. Also, if an individual has a valid work permit, they may not be eligible to apply for the CEC. Citizens from different African countries who are uncertain about their eligibility should seek guidance from a Canadian immigration professional.


Once the Express Entry profile is created, eligible citizens from various African countries will receive invitations to apply for permanent residence through the CEC. The application process is completed online and includes providing detailed information about work experience, education, language proficiency, and other relevant information.

In conclusion, the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry) is a great opportunity for skilled and experienced workers who have spent time in Canada to apply for permanent residency. For individuals across Africa, it’s essential to comprehend the specific requirements and eligibility criteria for this program, encompassing language proficiency, work experience, and education. Additionally, it is essential to be aware of the points system used in the Express Entry process, and to make sure that your profile is competitive. Working with an experienced Canadian immigration consultant, like Empire Fly, can help you navigate the process and increase your chances of success. Remember to submit your application as soon as possible, as the Express Entry program is very competitive and spots fill up quickly. With the right preparation and guidance, you can take the next step towards obtaining permanent residency in Canada.