New eligibility rules for Canada Experience Class

This was revealed by Canada immigration minister Chris Alexander on 9th November, 2013.

Significant changes to Canadian Experience Class program—CEC(Canadian Experience Class) immigration program has been changed. And the new eligibility rules will become effective soon. Giving details about the issue, Alexander said that CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada) will have a new annual cap on the number of applications to be accepted under CEC.

So, limited number of applications will be accepted in some occupations. And there will be a change in the timing of the assessment of language ability, it has been further maintained.

Canadian Experience Class immigration program will have new eligibility norms soon.

Which are the eliminated Occupations under CEC—Following six occupations are not included in CEC immigration program—

• Cooks(NOC code 6322)

• Food service supervisors(NOC 6311)

• Administrative assistants(NOC 1241)

• Administrative officers(NOC 1221)

• Accounting technicians and bookkeepers(NOC 1311)

• RETAIL sales supervisors(NOC 6211).

What will be the total annual cap for CEC?—There will be annual cap of 12,000 applications to be accepted under CEC. This will be for the period from 9th November, 2013 till 31st October, 2014.

Meanwhile, it may be worth notable in this regard that the intention of the CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada) is to allow entry of around 15,000 individuals under CEC as Canada permanent residents during the year 2014.

Further, there will be some sub-caps for certain occupations, it has been revealed. There will be sub-caps of 200 applications each for NOC(National Occupation Classification) Level Skill Level B( that normally requires college education/apprenticeship training) occupations.

Meanwhile, no occupational sub-caps will be there for NOC Skill Level O(management level) as well as Skill Level A(normally needing university education). Nonetheless, all these will be liable to a total annual cap of CEC 12,000 applications.

Up Front Language ability assessment—There will be up-front language ability assessment under CEC. This means assessment of language ability when the application is being reviewed initially.

So, those not having required language ability will have their application returned(as well as their processing fee).

As of now, the language requirements are CLB(Canadian Language Benchmark)7 for NOC Skill Level O and Skill Level A occupations, CLB 5 for NOC Skill Level B occupations. It may be mentioned that nearly 25,000 people have been allowed to live in Canada on a permanent basis under CEC.

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