Today the Canadian Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander,
announced changes to the popular Canadian Experience Class
The CEC is a program that allows eligible applicants with
Canadian work experience to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency.
The CEC is currently open to applicants who have gained 1 year of
skilled, paid work experience in Canada within the three years
before applying. Applicants must also meet minimum language
requirements and have the intention of residing in any Canadian
Province other than Quebec. Under the current CEC, which ends
tomorrow, there are not caps or limits.
In order to prevent processing backlogs and maintain fast
processing times, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will
only be accepted a maximum of 12,000 applications for processing
between November 9th, 2013 and Oct 31, 2014.
Along with receiving a high volume of applications, CIC is also
receiving a high volume of applications from certain
As of November 9th, within the maximum of 12,000
applications that will be accepted for processing, CIC will try to
obtain a more diverse skill set and prevent too much
overrepresentation in certain occupations. In order to achieve this
goal, only 200 applications will be accepted for each B level
A B level occupation is an occupation with the number 2 as the
second number on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) . B
level occupations usually require college education or
apprenticeship training. For example, only a maximum of 200
plumbers, NOC code 7251, will be able to apply under the revised
CEC will no longer accept applications for occupations for which
there is currently overrepresentation. The following 6 occupations
will no longer be eligible for CEC:
accounting technicians and bookkeepers (National Occupation
Classification 1311); and
Canadian immigration Attorney Marisa Feil believes the
announcement is bitter sweet : "Applicants applying under
the CEC have a track record of contributing and adapting in
Canada." Attorney Feil went on to explain that while she was
"pleased to hear that measures are taken to keep the program
fast and efficient" she also expressed "sympathy for the
applicants that must deal with additional pressure to submit an
application before a cap is reached as well as to the workers from
the 6 NOC's that are no longer eligible for this program."
Attorney Feil went on to explain that many people with work
experience in Canada may have "other immigration options as
well, including Provincial Nominee Programs or the Federal Skilled
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