Canadian Experience Class Lets Skilled Workers Become Permanent Residents

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November 3, 2011 – Following a substantial increase in the number of student visas issued in recent years, Canada has welcomed its 10,000th permanent resident through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration stream, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced on November 2nd.

The CEC, created in 2008, offers a pathway to permanent residency for international students and skilled and highly skilled temporary foreign workers. Through the CEC, those eligible can apply from within Canada and expect a decision quickly, whereas in the past, they may have spent several years waiting in the immigration line.

The CEC is one of the Government of Canada’s most recent innovations aimed at ensuring Canada retains talented and motivated individuals who have demonstrated a strong work ethic, have an ability to contribute to the economy, and will easily integrate into Canadian life.

The Minister was joined at the announcement by Goomaral (Maral) Chukhalkhuu, originally from Mongolia, who was recognized as the 10,000th CEC permanent resident. Ms. Chukhalkhuu earned an Honours Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Carleton University, and then put her skills to work at a bank in Ottawa.

“As a student, I fell in love with this country,” said Ms. Chukhalkhuu, a Small Business Account Manager at RBC. “I knew I wanted to stay here and become a part of this wonderful country and the CEC offered me that opportunity.”

The federal government’s vision to ensure Canada benefits from the attraction and retention of international students is reflected in the $10 million, two-year commitment made in Budget 2011 towards developing and implementing an international education strategy. This strategy will promote Canada’s reputation as one of the top countries to study and conduct world-class research. Innovative colleges and universities are key partners in developing a diverse, skilled, and internationally focused workforce.

Retaining international PhD students will also be easier, thanks to a new initiative announced today by Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear. Minister Goodyear joined Minister Kenney to announce that foreign nationals studying at a doctoral level in Canada, as well as recent graduates of a Canadian PhD program, will soon be able to apply as Federal Skilled Workers.

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