Temporary foreign workers and/or foreign students who graduated in Canada can often make the successful transition to permanent residence.
Temporary foreign workers and/or foreign students who graduated in Canada can often make the successful transition to permanent residence; their familiarity with Canadian society and the ability to contribute to the Canadian economy makes this easier. Knowledge of English or French and qualifying work experience is a requirement.
To meet the minimum requirements to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class, applicants must:
- plan to live outside the province of Quebec;
- be either a temporary foreign worker with at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) skilled work experience in Canada;
- have gained your experience in Canada with the proper work authorization;
- apply while working in Canada – or – within one year of leaving your job in Canada; and
- include the results of an independent language test (from an agency designated by CIC) with your application.
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:
- Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations), or
- Skill Level A (professional occupations), or
- Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades)
Your application will be assessed on two requirements if you apply as a temporary foreign worker:
- your work experience; and
- your ability in English or French.
The government has announced changes to the economic programs, including the CEC. The new rules, which come into force in January 2015, are designed to meet current and future labour market needs. Detailed procedures of the new system called “Express Entry” are not known at this time; however, it is expected that employers will have a key role in selecting potential immigrants.
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