Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has imposed limits on the number of Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applications to be processed annually, effective November 9, 2013.
The CEC allows an applicant to obtain permanent residency in Canada if they have 12 months of work experience in a high skill occupation in Canada. The CEC program is often utilized by qualifying temporary foreign workers to obtain permanent residency in Canada.
Going forward, a maximum of 12,000 new CEC applications will be considered for processing each year. Within the overall 12,000 cap, a sub-cap of only 200 applications will be imposed for each occupation at Skill Level B, under the 2011 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Skill Level B occupations are mostly technical, administrative or skilled trades jobs.
CIC has also announced that there are six occupations for which work experience cannot be used to qualify for the CEC (ineligible occupations):
There is no sub-cap on CEC applications in NOC Skill Level 0 or Skill Level A occupations, but these occupations are also subject to the overall cap of 12,000 applications. Skill Level 0 and A occupations are typically executive, managerial, and professional jobs that require a degree.
For the purpose of calculating the caps, the cap this year will begin on November 9, and end on October 31, 2014, and subsequent years will be calculated from November 1 to October 31. In calculating the overall and occupation-specific caps, CEC applications will be considered according to the date of receipt and in accordance with established procedures.
All CEC applications received before November 9, 2013, shall continue to be considered for processing under the program requirements in effect at the time of application receipt.
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