In January 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class
(CEC), including a reduction in the amount of time applicants are
required to work in Canada before becoming eligible to apply --
from two years to one -- and the introduction of minimum language
As expected, CIC saw a huge increase in the number of
applications that were filed after these changes became
effective. Not surprisingly, a significant processing backlog
began to grow, hampering the government's ability to process
applications within the one year timeframe that had previously been
set as a way of promoting the CEC.
In November 2013, CIC announced that it would accept a maximum
of 12,000 applications under the CEC during the following year, and
introduced a further sub-cap of 200 applications to be accepted
from those in NOC-B level positions; a number of NOC-B positions
were altogether disqualified from eligibility under the
category. These caps are intended to allow CIC to return to a
processing standard that will allow temporary foreign workers
(TFWs) to become permanent residents in Canada more quickly than
under any other category.
The introduction of the processing cap has led many applicants
to file their applications under the CEC as quickly as possible, in
a rush to ensure that they receive a place in queue. However,
this haphazard practice ignores the fact that an unprecedented 40%
of CEC applications were refused last year. Further, since
the cap was introduced, there has been a marked increase in the
number of applications that CIC has returned for want of additional
documentation. It is quite clear that CIC will not accept any
application that does not include all of the required
documentation, as a means of saving space under the CEC and
reducing processing times.
Last year's astonishing rate of refusal was reflective of
two major problems:
A number of applications were filed by workers whose work
permits were issued for NOCs that did not match their actual job
CIC was under pressure to clear the growing processing backlog,
and thus officers appeared to refuse applications for minor issues,
where they previously might have reached out to the applicant for
Accordingly, applicants now find themselves in a catch-22:
if they take the time to prepare their applications with extra
care, they may not get a place in the processing queue, but if they
make even a minor error or omission in their application, it will
be returned without processing. To make things even worse,
CIC officers are refusing applications for mistakes that can
consistently be traced back to another CIC officer, such as the
selection of an inappropriate NOC code by the officer who processed
the work permit application.
Our firm has extensive experience working with employers and
individuals to develop and execute strategies that help temporary
foreign workers to ensure that the first thing they do in Canada
– obtain their work permit – sets them on the right
path to permanent residence. We are also skilled in the
preparation of applications for permanent residence under the CEC
and other categories.
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