The 2021 NOC and TEERs

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

The following is a summary of a 2022 Memo to the Minister. In 2022 Canada is changing the National Occupational Classification (“NOC”). The new NOC is called NOC 2021. Among the changes in NOC 2021 is the replacement of NOC 2016’s five Skill Type / Level Groupings – used to determine eligibility for several Immigration, … Read More

Self-Employed Class – Becomming Economically Established

Meurrens LawBusiness and Entrepreneur Immigrantion, Skilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

Regulation 100(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, SOR/2002-227 states: For the purposes of subsection 12(2) of the Act, the self-employed persons class is hereby prescribed as a class of persons who may become permanent residents on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada and who are self-employed persons within … Read More

COVID-19 Immigration Pathways

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

On April 14, 2021 Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino, announced the creation of two new immigration programs that will allow approximately 90,000 individuals to apply for permanent residence between May 6, 2021 and November 5, 2021.  I say approximately because the programs have application caps except for those with upper-basic French language capability. The programs … Read More

Arranged Employment

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

Regulation 82 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, SOR/2002-227 states: 82 (1) In this section, arranged employment means an offer of employment that is made by a single employer other than an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada or an employer who is referred to in any of subparagraphs 200(3)(h)(i) to (iii), that is … Read More

The Canadian Experience Class

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

The following is an e-mail exchange between an immigration representative and Citizenship and Immigration Canada regarding the Canadian Experience Class.  The Canadian Experience Class allows individuals with one-year skilled work experience in Canada to apply to immigrate.  As with any program, questions emerged regarding specific requirements, including whether work in Canada for a foreign employer … Read More

Work Experience Under the FSWP and the CEC

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

In both the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and indeed most economic immigration programs, the government of Canada relies on Service Canada’s National Occupational Classification (“NOC“) system to determine eligibility. In the Canadian Experience Class, for example, subsections 87.1(2)(b) and (c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “IRPR“) set out the … Read More

Low Salaries and the Canadian Experience Class

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

Many applicants often ask whether low salaries can result in Canadian Experience Class refusals. Qin v. Canada The leading case on the issue of whether low salaries can result in Canadian Experience Class (“CEC“) refusals is Qin v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), 2013 FCA 263.  There, the Federal Court certified a question regarding whether … Read More

Applying to Immigrate During COVID19

Meurrens LawProvincial Nominee Programs, Skilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

During the last two weeks of March, 2020, the Government of Canada implemented many measures in response to the COVID19 pandemic.  In the immigration context, these measures included travel bans, the suspension of biometrics and the transition of most Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) officers to remote work.  The changes were frequent, dramatic and … Read More