Significant Changes in Canadian Experience Class category for Skilled Worker Immigration

Canadian Experience Class – CEC, the in-Canada migration scheme was established in 2008 with an objective of retaining trained expertise in the country. To achieve this the government initiated an ambitious plan of granting permanent residency of the Maple country to the immigrants who were already in the country and had proven that they were able to settle down in the local environment of the country and contribute positively to the productivity of the domestic economy.

This scheme enabled admission of 4% of Canada’s economic immigrants (about 4000 principal applicants and over 2000 dependents), out of whom nearly 7% (over 400 permanent residents) were skilled migrants. In all till date this program has helped Canada to retain 25000 valuable immigrants who are contributing to the growth of economy.

In the current scenario, the number of applications has been rising significantly, and the CIC is under the pressure of processing the requests and delivering the outcome within the slotted time frame, i.e. the authorities have an established one year deadline for evaluating the requests through the Canadian Experience Class – CEC for permanent residency.

To ease up the pressure of piling up files, the government of the Maple country has decided to introduce some major changes in the CEC program structure like establishing an annual number cap on the number of requests for permanent residency, i.e. the maximum number of requests to be taken in and addressed for the period starting from November 09, 2013 to October 31, 2014 has been fixed at 12,000 (but CIC is expected to cater to 15000 requests in this period). Another change introduced involves the qualification parameters. Now, the qualification period for placing requests for PR through this class has been reduced from two years to one year. The language skills substantiation requirement (for English or French) has also been significantly scaled down.

To enable the economy reap maximum benefits from this scheme and allow a rich mix of skills and expertise into the country, the authorities have also established annual number sealing for the trades.

Furthermore, to make application processing under the Canadian Experience Class Category faster and more responsive, the government has also defined the new strategy and procedure of assessing the requests. Under the new procedure, the applicant will have to attach the evidence of language proficiency on the top of the file.

This would enable the authorities to assess the requests more objectively and return the files in cases, where the applicant fails to meet the required standards in terms of language compatibility. The refused requests will be returned and the processing fee would be refunded to the aspirants.

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