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New Canadian Experience Class Regulations

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has indicated that as of November 9th, 2013 there will be new eligibility criteria for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program.

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Under the old regulations an applicant would be qualified to submit a CEC application if they met all of the following criteria:

i) One year of full time, or equivalent part time, skilled employment in Canada, on a valid work permit

ii) The work experience must have been obtained in the last 3 years from the date you submitted the application

iii) Basic to moderate language proficiency in English OR French (whichever is easiest for the applicant)


In an effort to reduce waiting times CIC has implemented new requirements that should help streamline the CEC program. Under the new regulations the following has been changed:

1) From May1st, 2014 to January 1st, 2015 they will only accept a maximum of 8,000 visas

2) A limit of 200 applications will be implemented for all eligible skill level B occupations. Skill level B occupations are determined as per the National Occupation Classification system

3) The following 6 occupations will NOT be eligible to apply under the new CEC program

  1. Cooks (NOC 6322)
  2. Food service supervisors (NOC 6311)
  3. Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
  4. Administrative assistants (NOC 1241)
  5. Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  6. Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211)


It should be noted that the language requirements for CEC remain the same.

We realize that immigration changes can be frustrating and can disenfranchise potential applicants from applying. Despite all that we still believe that the CEC program is still a great category for anyone with skilled Canadian work experience.

CEC is a pass-fail type of program. Or in other words it does not have a points system like the Federal or Quebec programs which means the visa officer has typically less information to review and therefore can render a faster decision on your case. Don’t forget too that if you are still in Canada when you apply and your work permit is about to expiry, you might qualify for what is called a “bridging” work permit.

A bridging open work permit ensures that you have continuous status in Canada until your application is approved instead of having to leave Canada and wait for your application to finish.

These changes should not affect anyone who has submitted a CEC application before November 9th, 2013 and received a confirmation of receipt from the visa office.


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