Express Entry

Express Entry candidates will be impacted by NOC changes implemented today

IRCC is changing to the NOC 2021 system starting today. Here’s all you need to know before the changes takes place.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) will be changing to the 2021 model of the NOC (National Occupation Classification) system starting today, a change, for which authority was working since its announcement on July 27.

This step will bring on changes in the eligibility criteria of 100+ immigration programs of Canada, inclusive Express Entry.

For example, the current ongoing NOC system (NOC 2016), needed that the Express Entry candidates should have work experience classified under the National Occupation Classification skill types 0, A, or B, IRCC’s transition to National Occupation Classification will bring with a transition to the TEER (Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities) system.

According to this the skill type categories of the present NOC system will change up to the TEER categories of the NOC 2021 system.

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

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.

Key note about selection factor points for the FSWP

The points received by the candidate for selection factors as part of the FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program) will now pursue the updated Skill Type/Level chart announced with the NOC 2021 system.

For instance: If a candidate receives 10 points for the arranged employment in Skill type/ level 0, A, or B, they will still get the same points for arranged employment in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

Occupational eligibility changes coming for Express Entry with move to NOC 2021

With the shift to the NOC 2021 system, 16 occupations will be considered newly eligible for the Express Entry, while three occupations will be considered ineligible. Though these three newly ineligible occupations will still remain eligible for the program but with wider occupational eligibility requirement, such as some streams of the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program).

16 newly considered eligible occupations:

  • 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
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

Three newly ineligible occupations:

  • Other performers
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers, and milliners

Transition to NOC 2021 will have implications on the CRS

As the transitions explained above with the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points will now pursue the updated Skill Type/Level chart announced with the NOC 2021 system.

For instance: if the candidate used to receive 50 points for the arranged employment in the skill type/level 0, A, or B, they will still receive the same points if their NOC is in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3.

Next steps based on your personal situation

It depends on at what stage a candidate is in their Express Entry process, IRCC will need to take different actions according to the switch to the NOC 2021 system.

Firstly, the candidate who still haven’t submitted their Express Entry profile but wish to do so on after today’s change needs to search their submit their occupation’s code according to the NOC 2021 system while filling out the profile.

In the meantime, for the candidates who have submitted their Express Entry profile but still haven’t received an ITA (invitation to apply) will receive separate instructions from the IRCC. The candidates will require updating their submitted Express Entry profile any moment after the implementation of changes tomorrow. The candidate will need to find the NOC 2021 list on the ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) website and have to update their Express Entry profile with their TEER category and five-digit occupation code.

At last, the candidate who receives their invitation to apply before November 16 should submit their Express Entry application (with the NOC code given at the time of receipt).

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