On November 8, 2013, changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were announced. Effective immediately, a maximum of 12,000 new permanent resident applications will be considered for processing each year under the CEC class. CEC applicants must claim at least 12 months of work experience in one or more eligible NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B occupations. The current year for the 12,000-applicant cap is November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014 and subsequently, November 1 to October 31 each year.
In addition to the 12,000-application limit, a further restriction of 200 complete applications yearly applies for each occupation at Skill Level B (per the 2011 version of the National Occupational Classification). Furthermore, the government has designated six occupations as ineligible occupations for which work experience cannot be used. The six occupations are: administrative officers, administrative assistants, accounting technicians and bookkeepers, retail sales supervisors, food service supervisors and cooks.
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