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Canadian Experience Class – Changes introduced

November 8, 2013

Continuing the recent trend of announcing far-reaching changes suddenly, the Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) has introduced revised the qualification criteria of the Canadian Experience Class [CEC] today.

CEC is an increasingly popular pathway for permanent residence in Canada for Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) – people in Canada who are working on a Work Permit. Most International Students are eligible for a Work Permit after completion of their studies. It is estimated that, as of 2012, there are upwards of 265,000 International students and 3,35,000 Foreign workers in Canada. The changes announced today thus, impact almost half a million potential applicants.

The changes are as follows:

  1. Elimination of certain occupations for Application under CEC (‘ineligible occupations’)
  2. Introduction of overall cap on number of applications to be accepted each year
  3. Introduction of sub-cap on number of applications to be accepted each year for certain occupations
  4. Process changes – Upfront verification of language test results

 

a. Elimination of certain occupations for Application under CEC (‘ineligible occupations’)

The following 6 occupations have been classified as ‘ineligible occupations’, meaning that the qualifying experience gained in one or more of these occupations, will not be counted towards the qualifying experience for an application.

These occupations are:

  • NOC 1221 – Administrative officers
  • NOC 1241 – Administrative assistants
  • NOC 1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • NOC 6211 – Retail sales supervisors
  • NOC 6311 – Food service supervisors
  • NOC 6322 – Cooks

b. Introduction of overall cap on number of applications to be accepted each year

The number of Applications to be accepted for processing each year have been capped at 12,000. This means that, once the CIC has received this number of applications, they will return all applications without processing. The current period runs from November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014.

The CIC hopes to process 15,000 CEC applications in 2014.

c. Introduction of sub-cap on number of applications to be accepted each year for certain occupations.

There are additional restrictions on number of Applications to be accepted for Occupations at NOC Skill Level B, being capped at 200 each. This means that, once the number of applications for a particular occupation at NOC Skill level B reaches 200, no more applications will be accepted.

d. Process changes – Upfront verification of language test results

As a process change, the language test results submitted will be verified upfront, to ensure that the Application meets the required language criteria. This will screen out that the Applications that don’t, and allow qualified applications to be accepted for processing.

The changes were introduced as Ministerial Instructions (MI-10) and take effect on November 9, 2013. The CIC says that the MI-10 does not apply to CEC applications received before November 9, 2013. All CEC applications received before this date shall continue to be considered for processing according to old rules.