On November 9, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will now impose a total annual cap on the number of new CEC applications that it accepts and introduce limits on the number of applications that may be accepted in certain occupations. In addition, CIC will change the timing of when language ability is assessed.
On April 29, 2013, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development ("HRSDC") and the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that they would be introducing numerous changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Employment and Social Development Canada, formerly known as HRSDC, has now announced changes to the Labour Market Opinion application process, which are effective as of July 31, 2013.
Opportunities Ontario, Ontario's provincial nominee program, has further expanded its International Student Category to include international students who have a job offer from an employer located in Ontario. The International Student with a Job Offer Stream is different from the PhD Graduate Stream and Masters Graduate Stream because it includes international students who are: (a) graduating from two-year undergraduate diploma/degree programs, or (b) graduating from one year post-graduate degree/certificate programs, even if they are not considered Masters-level programs...
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