As I discussed in this post, the Canadian government established the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) last year to help those who have been in Canada for some time and who work in specific kinds of skilled jobs (and even some foreign students who worked in Canada on a post-graduation Work Permit) to apply for permanent residence so they can continue to contribute to the Canadian economy.
A great program in theory. But for thousands of CEC applicants, it has turned into a nightmare because of bureaucratic ineptitude.
The CEC program established caps on the number of applications that would be accepted. Once the cap was reached, no more applications would be processed. For the period between May 1 and December 31, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) had announced that it would accept only 8,000 applications to participate in the program.
Since the CEC program was being replaced by the new Express Entry program (and its different requirements) at the end of 2014, there was a surge of applications during the last few months of the year. Those seeking permanent residency under the CEC program were spending hard-earned time and money to apply and had placed their hopes in the application process.
There was only one problem: the cap for applications had been reached on October 22, 2014 and the CIC failed to publicize this fact until February. That means that thousands of immigrants who submitted applications during the last 10 weeks of the year were essentially wasting their time and money and holding out hope for a process which had shut them out unbeknownst to them.
CIC dropped the ball and put the hopes and dreams of thousands at risk. It is unacceptable, and I am determined to work with anyone who has been impacted by the government’s failure to meet its responsibilities. If you applied to participate in the Canadian Experience Class after October 22, 2014, please give me a call to discuss and explore your options.