Canada Experience Class (CEC) Requirements Updated

New Requirements For Canada Experience Class

On December 4th, Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC) published a major update to a chapter of its Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category. The chapter that was updated involves the processing of applications for permanent residency in the Canada Experience Class, and includes the criteria that must be met by applicants and how refusals are handled.

The Canada Experience Class was implemented in September 2009, and allows the experience in Canada to be a primary factor for workers and students with professional, managerial and skilled work experience when immigrating to Canada. It is a permanent resident category for workers or graduates with Canadian work experience who are familiar with Canada’s society and job market, have knowledge of English or French and have the skills to make a successful transition to temporary and permanent residence in Canada.

More information on updates to the Canada Experience Class

The objectives of the program are for Canada to retain the maximum social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration, to enrich the cultural and social fabric of Canada as well as to help develop a strong and prosperous Canadian economy.

Changes include updates on the requirements of the class, the definition of family members, definition of full-time work experience, changes to the application process as well as updates to the pass and fail requirements. These changes are in addition to an update made earlier this February to the test score equivalency for the International English Language Testing System and Canadian Language Benchmarks.

The chapter and its full update list can be found online here.

For more information about the Canada Experience Class or Canada Immigration contact us at 416 410 7484 or email at [email protected]

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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