9,353 people gained Canadian permanent resident status under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) visa in 2012, according to recently released figures. According to the Government agency Immigration Canada, this is with 35% more than the planned numbers of 7000 for 2012.
The Canadian Experience Class Visa allows foreigners who have worked in Canada for at least 12 months in a skilled occupation to apply for a permanent residence.
In addition to that, all applicants must provide evidence of their knowledge of English or French. The exact language requirements depend on the position and the skilled experience of the candidate.
The Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has made the changes in order to make it easier for prospective applicants to qualify for permanent Canadian residence. Previously all candidates must have completed eighteen months of working experience in only two years.
Mr Kenney said in November last year that he intended to increase the target for the number of CEC visas to be issued in 2013 from 7,000 to 10,000. The rise in the number of CEC visas will be offset by a reduction in the number of Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) visas that will be granted.
The Federal Skilled Workers Program is the main skilled visa in Canada. Every year more than 50 000 people receive Canadian residence through the FSWP program.
Skilled workers are assessed against CIC’s points grid to assess their ability to adapt to the Canadian job market. Canada has welcomed around 250 000 new immigrants during 2012. The immigration minister said that the country will continue with its liberal immigration policies in the next years.
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