Canada’s immigration department will switch to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system on November 16, 2022, according to the government’s website. The new NOC will change eligibility for some of Canada’s immigration programs including Express Entry.
Currently, in order to be eligible for Express Entry you need work experience that falls under NOC skill types 0, A, or B, which align with the NOC 2016. After the switch, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will look to the new Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system to determine work experience eligibility.
The following table shows how NOC 2016 skill types compare to TEER categories.
|NOC 2016||NOC 2021|
|Skill Type 0||TEER 0|
|Skill Level A||TEER 1
|Skill Level B||TEER 2|
|Skill Level B||TEER 3|
|Skill Level C||TEER 4|
|Skill Level D||TEER 5|
The IRCC webpage offers instructions to Express Entry candidates in the pool, as well as those who have not submitted yet.
If you have already submitted your profile, but have not received an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you need to update your profile on or after November 16, 2022. To do so, first search the NOC 2021 list on the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website. After that, update you profile with your TEER Category and five-digit occupation code.
If you are planning to submit your Express Entry profile on or after November 16, you must find your occupation’s code on the NOC 2021 list and submit it when filling out your profile.
If you have received an ITA before November 16, you must submit your application using NOC 2016. There is no need to find out which new code corresponds with the one you already have.
|Eligibility criteria||Canadian Experience Class||Federal Skilled Worker Program||Federal Skilled Trades Program|
|English or French skills||CLB 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 occupations; CLB 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 occupations||CLB 7||CLB 5 for speaking and listening; CLB 4 for reading and writing|
|Type/Level of work experience||Canadian work experience in an occupation listed in one or more of these NOC TEER Categories: TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3.||Work experience in an occupation listed in one of these NOC TEER Categories: TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3.||Work experience in a skilled trade under key groups of TEER 2 or TEER 3.*|
|Amount of work experience||One year in Canada in the last three years (either combination of full-time or part-time work).||One year continuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than one job in your primary occupation).||Two years within last five years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)|
|Job offer||Not required.||Not required but you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offer.||A valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.|
|Education||Not required.||Secondary education required. You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education.||Not required.|
For example, if you would have received 50 points for arranged employment in Skill Type/Level 0, A or B, you will still get those points if your NOC is in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3.
Which means, if you would have received 10 points for arranged employment in Skill Type/Level 0, A or B, you will still get those points for arranged employment in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3.
A total of 16 occupations will become eligible for Express Entry, and three will become ineligible, according to a previously-released internal briefing memo.
The following occupations will become eligible under Express Entry starting November 16:
The three occupations that will become ineligible include:
These three occupations will remain eligible for programs with broader occupational eligibility criteria, such as some streams of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
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