Canadian Experience Class (CEC) application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.

The CEC is a popular immigration program for individuals who have obtained Canadian work experience. For foreign workers, international students and graduates, the CEC presents a wonderful opportunity to transition to permanent resident status. CEC applications are managed through the Express Entry immigration selection system.

Changes for 2016

The way in which Canadian immigration processing times are published by the Government of Canada changed as of January, 2016. Processing times are not currently published per visa office; rather, they are published depending on when the application was submitted.

Processing Times Tool

The Government of Canada recently changed how immigration processing times are published. Use our Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get the latest information.


Canadian Experience Class Processing Times

Time/Period when application was submitted Application processing time
On or after January 1, 2015 6 months
Before January 1, 2015 45 months

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