On November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will switch to the 2021 version of the NOC system, a shift that has been in the works since July 27.
This change will affect the eligibility requirements for certain of Canada’s more than 100 immigration programs, including Express Entry.
For example, whereas the present NOC system (NOC 2016) requires an Express Entry candidate to have work experience classified under NOC skill types 0, A, or B, the IRCC’s change to NOC 2021 will include a shift to the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system.
This is the relationship between the skill type categories of the current NOC system and the TEER categories of the NOC system of 2021.
Important note regarding FSWP selection factor points
The points awarded for selection considerations in the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) will now be based on the new Skill Type/Level chart introduced with the NOC 2021 system.
Example: If an applicant would have received 10 points for arranging employment under Skill Type/Level 0, A, or B, they will continue to receive 10 points under TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3
How will the new TEER system work?
With the shift to NOC 2021, sixteen jobs will become eligible for Express Entry, while three will no longer qualify. The three newly disqualified vocations will continue to be eligible for programs with broader occupational eligibility requirements, such as certain streams of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
16 newly eligible positions:
- Payroll administrators
- Assistants in dentistry and dental laboratories
- Patient service representatives, orderlies, and nursing assistants.
- Pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technical assistants
- Assistants to elementary and secondary school teachers
- Constables and bailiffs
- Correctional service personnel
- Enforcement of laws and other regulatory officials
- Estheticians, electrologists, and comparable professions
- Residential and commercial installers and maintenance technicians
- Exterminators and fumigators
- Other repair and service providers
- Transport truck drivers
- Conductors, subway operators, and other transit personnel
- Heavy equipment operators
- Aircraft assemblers and inspectors of aircraft assemblage
Three newly excluded professions:
- Different performers
- Directors and instructors of recreation, sport, and physical fitness
- Clothiers, tailors, furriers, and milliners
Transition to NOC 2021 will have impacts on the CRS
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points awarded for scheduled employment will now adhere to the new Skill Type/Level chart introduced under the NOC 2021 system.
Example: a candidate who would have received 50 points for arranged employment in Skill Type/Level 0, A, or B will still receive those points if their NOC is in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
Next measures based on your specific circumstances
Depending on where a candidate is in their Express Entry journey, IRCC demands certain measures in light of the transition to NOC 2021.
Those who have not yet submitted an Express Entry profile but intend to do so on or after today will be expected to locate and enter their occupation code by the NOC 2021 when filling out the profile.
IRCC has separate instructions for candidates who have published a profile but have not received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). In this instance, candidates will be required to amend their submitted Express Entry profile immediately following the implementation of the modifications.
This will need the user to browse the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website for the NOC 2021 list and update their profile with their TEER classification and five-digit occupation code.
Those who received their ITA before November 16 must apply their Express Entry application using the NOC 2016 form (using the NOC code provided at the time of receipt).
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