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How revisions to the NOC affect candidates for Express Entry

Recently, the government implemented modifications to the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system, which have an influence on some Canada permanent resident (PR) applicants' eligibility as well as how your work experience needs to be listed in your Express Entry profile. The application procedure for Canadian immigration may become more complicated and difficult if there are changes to the eligibility requirements or the manner your information must be entered.

In the series of articles, we discuss how the NOC changes would affect immigrants seeking to apply to immigration programs in Canada as well as Express Entry candidates awaiting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada Permanent Residence (PR).

Are you in the process of applying for Canada Permanent Residency or you are already in the Express Entry Pool you may be stressed out about the changes made in the NOC will be impacting your profile eligibility. However, the majority of candidates won't notice any difference in their chances of being approved for PR because the modifications are mostly restricted to vocabulary and classification. Don't panic if your line of work has lost eligibility for Express Entry or AIP. You can still be eligible for immigration under a different scheme and settle in Canada.

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A NOC code is what? How does the system function?

Canada's national system for classifying and categorizing jobs is known as the National Occupational Classification (NOC). You can use it to find information on jobs that are available across Canada's labour market.

Employers frequently utilize the NOC to assist them in creating job descriptions and determining the skills needed for new job postings. Numerous government organizations such as Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, also use the NOC to pinpoint skill gaps in the Canadian labour market.

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Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) oversee the National Occupational Classification system. Every five years, Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) update the NOC.

How does the NOC work?

Jobs are categorized by occupational category or skill (or the work performed, such as sales and service occupations or health occupations) and skill level in NOC 2016, the previous version of the categorization system (or the level of education or training required to perform the job.) The broad occupational category is indicated by the first number of the NOC code, while the job's skill level is indicated by the second digit.

The distinction between skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled employment for immigration purposes is made using NOC codes. Typically, applicants for immigration to Canada under one of the government economic programs must have previous experience in a skilled occupation.

The NOC 2021 replaces the existing four-category "skill level" framework with a six-category system, which is the most significant change. The new system specifies the amount of TEER (Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities) needed to enter each occupation.

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How will Express Entry applicants be impacted by NOC changes?

Newcomers who are in the Express Entry pool but haven't received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) or who intend to apply to Canadian immigration programs will be impacted by changes to the NOC system. Note: The NOC changes won't apply to you if you already received an ITA before November 16, 2022, in which case you should proceed with your permanent residence (PR) application using NOC 2016 codes.

Immigration applicants in the majority of occupations shouldn't be negatively impacted by the NOC classification adjustments because they are mostly structural in nature. Despite this, Express Entry applicants could potentially experience two effects:

Creating your Express Entry profile with NOC 2021 codes

The NOC codes of your prior employers must be provided when creating an Express Entry profile. The classification of jobs will change with the adoption of NOC 2021 and going forward, candidates will need to provide their revised NOC 2021 codes. You must update your Express Entry profile to reflect the new NOC codes for your former employers if you currently have an active profile (but have not yet been issued an ITA).

Occupational eligibility for Express Entry changes

Specific immigration programs only accept applicants who meet certain skill levels (formerly known as TEER levels). Prior to this, NOC Skill Level B or above was necessary for eligibility in the Express Entry programs. The Express Entry qualifying threshold will change to TEER 3 with NOC 2021. As a result, three professions will no longer qualify and 16 new ones will.

How to locate your new TEER level and National Occupational Classification code?

Determining which NOC code applies to you is actually pretty simple, despite the fact that the changes to the codes may seem convoluted. Your new NOC code is listed in the NOC 2021 list on the website of the Canadian government. To obtain your new NOC, make sure to pick NOC 2021 Version 1.0 and search by job title.

You can utilize the Statistics Canada Correspondence Table to change your NOC 2016 code to a NOC 2021 code if you already have an Express Entry profile and are aware of your NOC 2016 code. Find your NOC 2021 V1.0 code by entering your NOC 2016 code into the "filter items" search box.

The TEER level will be the second digit of your NOC 2021 code, which you may find once you've done so. You can get a breakdown summary for your unit group (or occupation), which includes your occupational category and TEER level while looking for your NOC 2021 code.

Tip: Your occupation's TEER level might not correspond to your level of training and experience. Your country's job market requirements for various industries may differ, and in Canada, your employment may normally call for a different amount of education or experience.

Do the NOC codes in my current Express Entry profile need to be updated?

Candidates with active Express Entry profiles who haven't yet gotten an ITA are needed to update their profiles on or after November 16, 2022, with the most recent NOC information. After November 16, 2022, you must utilize the new NOC 2021 classification system when generating an Express Entry profile.

However, you should continue your application using NOC 2016 codes if you have previously got an ITA. This indicates that you should use NOC 2016 codes for your prior experience while completing your PR application.

How to update your Express Entry profile's NOC codes?

You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of all the information on your Express Entry profile while it is active. This applies to changes in your personal circumstances as well, such as your financial state, career situation, new family members, and more, in addition to NOC codes. A step-by-step guide to updating your Express Entry profile is provided below:

1. Log into your IRCC account.

2. On the home page, click "Check full application status" under "View the applications you filed."

3. Select "View your profile" from the Express Entry profile status page. You'll then be directed to your active profile.

4. Update your NOC codes by clicking "Update form" next to the work experience section (or the section you want to change).

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