The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a relatively new immigration program – only a few years old. But it is an extremely successful program that allows people who have worked or studied in Canada to use their experience as a gateway to permanent residency.
The Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney, announced this week that the government will keep the same annual target for the number of permanent residents accepted in Canada – between 240,000 and 265,000. However, this time around there’s one difference: More of these application spots will be reserved for the Canadian Experience Class Program.
In 2009, only 2,500 Canadian Experience Class applications were accepted. In 2012, 7,000 were accepted, and in 2013 there will be 10,000 spots for permanent residents under the Canadian Experience Class.
Foreign workers who are in Canada and working, as well as foreign students who have graduated from Canadian colleges and universities are able to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class program because they have proven themselves able to adapt to Canadian society and the labour market.
However, not just anyone may apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class. Applicants must have certain amounts of work experience (whether they are a foreign worker or a student) as well as work experience in specific occupations to even qualify.
You may be eligible to apply for permanent residency in Canada under the Canadian Experience Class. But despite the growing number of available spots, these applications are quire difficult, and you should seek the advice and expertise of a licensed immigration lawyer. We are available to help you, just call us at the number above or e-mail us using the form on the right.
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