New Canadian Experience Class Criteria for Permanent Residency

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be starting to receive the application forpermanent residency under the Canadian Experienced Class (CEC) from skilled temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates from the second day of the newyear. The minimum requirement of work experience in Canada has been reduced from 24 months to 12 months making it faster for the foreign temporary skilled workers to become Canadian permanent residence. The time period required for the international graduates to gain the required experience has been increased from 24 months to 36 months. The Canadian immigration and citizenship minister, Jason Kenney said that expediting the process to obtain permanent residence will help to tackle the labour market challenges in the country.
Canada’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced this Monday December 11, 2012 that temporary foreign skilled workers will be able to transition to Canadian permanent residence much faster due to proposed new changes in the Canadian Experienced Class category.
Temporary foreign skilled worker applicants will become eligible to  apply to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program with 12 months of Canadian work experience beginning January 2, 2013. Previously the required minimum experience in Canada was 24 months.
The international graduates will be provided with more time to gain the one year experience after graduation. They will now have upto 36 months to gain the required Canadian experience.
“The CEC helps Canada attract the immigrants our economy requires,” said Minister Kenney, “individuals who have valuable Canadian work experience and the necessary skills to benefit our country’s current labour market needs.”
“These skilled workers are set for success and expediting their transition to permanent residence will help Canada to respond to ongoing labour market challenges,” the minister added.
Citizenship and immigration Canada has accepted over 20,000 foreign skilled workers and international graduates since the inception of the program in the year 2008. It is expected that up to 10,000 permanent residents through CEC will be accepted during the year 2013.
“The CEC has become Canada’s fastest growing economic immigration program and is part of our plan to attract the best and brightest from around the world,” Jason Kenney further said.
CEC provides an opportunity to the foreign nationals who meet certain criteria to obtain Canadianpermanent residency.

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