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Changes to the Canadian Experience class

Changes to the Canadian Experience class The blog of Martineau & MindicanuThe Minister Jason Kenney proposed a new change to the immigration system, one that everyone will love. The Canadian Experience Class is an immigration program destined for foreign students who graduated in Canada  and for temporary workers who have at least 24 months of experience obtained within the last 36 months in Canada.  The proposed change refers to foreign workers, who will be eligible for permanent residence after only 12 months of legally obtained experience.

Expediting the permanent residence process for foreign workers is beneficial for the Canadian economy and the candidates, as it motivates intelligent, skilled and talented persons to establish themselves in Canada.
The details weren’t published yet, but here are the main requirements for the work experience:

  • The job has to be full-time (at least 37.5 hours per week). Part time experience is also accepted but it will take longer to accumulate the necessary number of hours.
  • The occupation has to be at a managerial, professional, technical or skilled level
  • The candidate must have worked on a valid work permit
  • The candidate must have respected the Canadian laws
  • If the candidate returned to his home country, he must apply for the program within one year of leaving his job in Canada.
  • Experience obtained in the province of Quebec is accepted, however the province of destination cannot be Quebec

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8 Responses

  1. Hi,
    To the requirement “The candidate must have respected the Canadian laws”, if someone has committed a traffic offence/violation, does it disqualifies him from accepted for PR application?
    Please suggest..
    many thanks,

    1. Hello Sam,
      As per section 36(3)(e) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, offences under the Contraventions Act such as traffic offences have no impact on the immigration process as long as they are not of criminal nature (for example, drunk driving, negligence causing death or injury, etc.).
      Best Regards

    1. Dear Josemaria,
      We do not know yet though we suspect we will have news around July 1.
      Have a nice day!

  2. I would like to know if work experience as a co-op student (more than 37.5 hours, engineering in nature) will count towards the 12 month requirement.
    Thank you

    1. Yes, however your work experience must still be classified as NOC 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification system. The requirement in force is still of 24 months, the change to 12 months has not been approved yet.

  3. Hi, any updates on this?
    Is it still expected that this visa will take 15 months to process?

    1. There are no news it, likely there will be in January 2013. We will keep you updated.

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