The Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (CAIPS) is a computerized system that was previously used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for managing and processing immigration applications. It was an internal system utilized by IRCC officers to store and access information related to immigration cases.

CAIPS was designed to streamline the processing of immigration applications and facilitate efficient decision-making. It allowed IRCC officers to track the progress of applications, review supporting documents, record notes, and make decisions based on established immigration policies and guidelines.

However, it’s important to note that as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the CAIPS system has been phased out and replaced by the Global Case Management System (GCMS). GCMS is the current computerized platform used by IRCC for managing immigration applications and case processing. It serves similar functions as CAIPS but with enhanced features and capabilities to support the evolving needs of immigration processing.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

CEC stands for the Canadian Experience Class. It is one of the immigration programs under the Express Entry system in Canada. The CEC is specifically designed for individuals who have acquired at least one year of recent work experience in Canada.

To be eligible for the CEC, applicants must meet certain criteria, including:

Work Experience: They must have accumulated at least 12 months of full-time (or an equivalent amount of part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years. The work experience should be in an occupation classified under skill type 0 (managerial occupations), skill level A (professional occupations), or skill level B (technical occupations and skilled trades) of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

Language Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English or French by providing acceptable language test results.

Education: While there is no minimum education requirement for the CEC, having a higher level of education can enhance the overall profile of the applicant.

Intention to Reside Outside of Quebec: The CEC is applicable for individuals intending to reside in any province or territory in Canada, except Quebec. Quebec has its own selection process for immigration.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the CEC can submit their profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked based on various factors, including their age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and other additional factors. Candidates with the highest-ranking scores are invited to apply for permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.

The Canadian Experience Class offers an opportunity for individuals who have gained valuable work experience in Canada to transition to permanent residency, recognizing their contributions to the Canadian workforce and their integration into the country’s society.