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How NOC changes affect Express Entry candidates What you need to know ahead of November 16, when IRCC switches to NOC 2021.

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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 2016NOC 2021
Skill Type 0TEER 0
Skill Level ATEER 1
Skill Level BTEER 2
Skill Level BTEER 3
Skill Level CTEER 4
Skill Level DTEER 5

Instructions for Express Entry candidates

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.

Updated NOC 2021 eligibility criteria for Express Entry

Eligibility criteriaCanadian Experience ClassFederal Skilled Worker ProgramFederal Skilled Trades Program
English or French skillsCLB 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 occupations; CLB 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 occupationsCLB 7CLB 5 for speaking and listening; CLB 4 for reading and writing
Type/Level of work experienceCanadian 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 experienceOne 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 offerNot 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.
EducationNot required.Secondary education required. You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education.Not required.
* Key groups of TEER 2 and 3 that are eligible for the FSTP include: Major Group 72, technical trades and transportation officers and controllers, excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllers; Major Group 73, general trades; Major Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production; Major Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related production; Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllers; Major Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors; Minor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakers, and; Unit Group 62200, chefs.

CRS implications

The points you get for arranged employment in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will follow the Skill Type/Level update chart.

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.

Federal Skilled Worker Program selection factor points

The points you get based on the selection factors for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will follow the Skill Type/Level update chart.

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.

Which occupations will be affected?

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:

  • Payroll administrators;
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants;
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates;
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants;
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants;
  • Sheriffs and bailiffs;
  • Correctional service officers;
  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;
  • Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations;
  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
  • Pest controllers and fumigators;
  • Other repairers and servicers;
  • Transport truck drivers;
  • Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators;
  • Heavy equipment operators; and
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

The three occupations that will become ineligible include:

  • other performers;
  • program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness; and
  • tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners.

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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