Officers would need to ascertain that the applicants have had temporary resident status during the period of work that makes them eligible for applying under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This is in accordance with the provisions specified in R87.1 (3) (c).
Certain categories of foreign nationals might accumulate work experience while they have no temporary resident status in Canada. These individuals would not be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Such individuals would typically include:
- Unauthorised workers and,
- Refugee claimants in Canada
It is worth noting that applicants under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) would not need to hold a work permit. In addition, applicants who possess the relevant authorisation to work in Canada (allowed by R186) would be eligible for applying under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). However, they would need to provide the relevant documentation along with their applications. This documentation would serve to establish that they had legal temporary status in Canada e.g. a visitor record.
- A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) gives individuals a temporary resident status
- Therefore, applicants who obtained their qualifying work experience while in Canada on a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) would be eligible for applying for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- These individuals would remain eligible as long as their work in Canada carried legal authorisation
- The authorities would not grant permanent residence as members of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) to individuals who are inadmissible to Canada
Source: Citizenship and Immigration