Changes to Canadian Experience Class 2014
Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced several constructive changes to Canadian Experience Class. From November 9, 2013 to October 2014, CIC introduced a cap on application intake under this program. A maximum of 12,000 applications will be accepted for review. Despite the annual cap on applications, the department will admit approximately 15,000 individuals under the CEC in the year of 2014.
In addition, CIC established a 200 applications sub-cup for each occupations under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) level B. Please note that the NOC level 0 and A will not be sub-capped, but all of them are subjected to the overall cap of 12,000 applications.
This announcement is effective immediately. Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Chris Alexander pointed that the cap will help ensure the processing times remain short and prevent the application backlog from forming.
Furthermore, the following 6 occupations will no longer qualify for Canadian Experience Class starting November 9, 2013.
- Cooks (NOC 6322)
- Food Service Supervisors (NOC 6311)
- Administrative Officers (NOC 1221)
- Administrative Assistants (NOC 1241)
- Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
- Retail Sales Supervisors (NOC 6211)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will maintain the same language criteria for Canadian Experience Class in the coming year, which are Canadian Language Benchmark CLB7 for occupations under NOC Level 0 and Level A, and CLB 5 for occupations under NOC level B. However, all the applications will be verified upfront as for November 9, 2013.