The Canadian government in association with ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) and Statistics Canada going to implement new National Occupational Classification (NOC) system 2021 w.e.f. November 16, 2022.
As per the latest information from Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the current NOC 2016 version will be replaced by new NOC 2021 V1.0.
About Canada's NOC system
The NOC system classifies an applicant's job to determine eligibility for different immigration programs in Canada. This system breaks down all the occupations into codes and group them based on job type and duties.
While applying for any Canadian economic immigration program, applicants must choose a NOC code that matches their job profile the best. While choosing a NOC code, you must check the primary duties of that particular code, and how closely it matches with the duties you perform in your job.
Upcoming changes from November 16, 2022
Currently, A skill level of an occupation is determined by NOC 2016 version 1.3. Thus, for submitting a profile under the Express Entry pool, applicants need relevant work experience in occupational skill levels O, A, or B.
Whereas, from November 16, 2022, the government of Canada will employ a new NOC system, i.e., National Occupational Classification 2021 V1.0.
With the implementation of new system, occupation will be organized based on Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER, instead of skill levels.
However, those applicants who have already submitted their applications before the switch, especially for those NOC codes that will be removed as of November 16th, must have relevant work experience accepted under the program they are applying under.
If applicants have a relevant experience to be added to their profile, they must change the primary NOC code no later than 16th November. In case an applicant doesn't have any other relevant experience, they must confirm their eligibility for any other Canadian immigration program.
Canada's former NOC skill levels will transform into the new system as follows:
Canada's New TEER Categories
Eligible Occupation for Express Entry
Following occupations will become eligible under Express Entry as of November 16, 2022
While, following occupations will become ineligible under Express Entry as of November 16, 2022:
To know more about your eligibility for immigration to Canada, call us on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, you may complete our free profile assessment form online and get a detailed assessment of most suitable Canadian immigration option.