How to Apply Under the Canadian Experience Class
Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class, you can fill out an application and submit it.
The following steps will explain how to apply under the Canadian Experience Class for permanent residency in Canada.
1. Acquire an application package
The forms and a guide to filling out the application are included in the package. You can download it here.
Before you fill in the form, be sure to carefully read the guide. You should determine if you qualify to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class because the application processing fee is non-refundable.
Once you print out the blank forms, make a photocopy and use one as a working copy. You should then keep the working copy for your records.
3. Fill in the form and include the proper documents
Follow the instructions that are provided in the application package. A document checklist included in the kit will tell you which documents are necessary.
Carefully answer all the questions, providing detailed and accurate statements. You can either type your answers, or handwrite them (as long as you use blank ink, and print legibly). If any aspect of the application is incomplete or if any documents are not submitted, it will not be processed. It will be returned to you so you can fill in the missing information or provide the missing document. To avoid this hassle, be sure to confirm you have completed everything.
You are also required to prove your language proficiency through a language test, and the results must be included with the application.
4. Determine your fee and pay
In order to calculate your application fee, you’ll need to use a Fee Calculator.
Select “Immigration Applications for Persons Outside Canada” and complete the section under “Other classes of applicants – Skilled Workers, Provincial Nominees”.
The necessary fees include:
- the processing fee. This is for you as well as your dependants. When you apply, this fee is required. Even if your application is denied, the fee is non-refundable.
- the Right of Permanent Residence fee. This is for you as well as your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, if this applies to you. This fee is required after your application has been processed, but before Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues your permanent resident visa. If you do not use your visa, if your application is denied, or if you cancel your application, this fee is refundable.
The following aspects will require fees as well:
- your medical examination
- your language test
- a police certificate, if you need one for your criminal and security check
Applicants in Canada can make payments by bank draft, money order, or Canadian cheque made payable to the “Canadian Consulate General.” Cash is not acceptable. The fee should be paid in Canadian funds.
Applicants outside of Canada should visit their local visa office’s website to learn about fee payment methods. Payment can not be made through personal cheques.
5. Send the documents with the application form
Applicants in Canada should mail the application to CIC’s visa office in Buffalo, United States. The application kit includes the address.
Applicants outside of Canada should mail the application to their local visa office.
There is more than simply knowing how to apply under the Canadian Experience Class – you might need help with the application itself.
Remember, the application processing fee is non-refundable, so the application needs to be right the first time. There are lots of details you must make sure to include, and if information is incomplete or incorrect, the application will be denied and returned to you. Enlist the help of someone who can take you through the steps and help you complete the forms properly. An experienced immigration lawyer offers this valuable service.
Take advantage of the opportunity that you have as a foreign student or foreign worker in Canada, and learn how to apply under the Canadian Experience Class.