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New Canada NOC 2021 Will Affect Canada Express Entry Eligibility Among Other Programs

NOC 2021

Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will switch to the new 2021 version of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system on November 16. As a result, Canada NOC 2021 will affect various immigration programs including Canada Express Entry eligibility. 

Presently, Canada is classifying eligible immigrants with relevant work experience based on NOC 2016 standards, skill types 0, A, or B. Canada NOC 2021 attempts to determine work experience eligibility on the basis of the new Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system. 

This blog discusses how NOC changes will affect Express Entry candidates.

Impact of NOC 2021 on Canada Express Entry Eligibility 

Statistics Canada explains the rationale behind the new TEER system: 

  1. Focus on the education and experience required to work in a given occupation. 
  2. Accurately capture the skills required in each occupation.

The new TEER system classifies all occupations into six categories: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and is equivalent to present Skill level 0, A, B, B, C, and D respectively. 

Let’s look at the implications of the new Canada NOC 2021 on Canada Express Entry eligibility:

CRS implications

All registered profiles in the federal pool are evaluated using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that factors in age, education, and work experience, and language proficiency among others. 

With the new Canada NOC 2021 coming into force, the points you get for arranged employment 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.

Selection factor points for Federal Skilled Worker Program

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

This means that 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.

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 is required. You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education. Not required.


16 new occupations become eligible under TEER

A total of 16 occupations including some in the healthcare sector will become eligible for Express Entry, and three will become ineligible. 

Read this report for full analysis.

What Should Express Entry Candidates Do? 

IRCC recommends Express Entry candidates in the pool as well as those who have not submitted to update profiles with the new Canada NOC 2021: 

  • Candidates who have already submitted their profile but have not received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) will have to update their profile on or after November 16, 2022. 
  • Candidates planning to enter the Express Entry pool on or after November 16 must find their occupation’s code on the latest NOC 2021 list. 
  • Candidates who receive ITAs before November 16 must submit their application using NOC 2016. 

Canada Express Entry is the most popular pathway to permanent residency. Despite the unusual break in all-program nomination draws and reduction in Express Entry targets due to increasing application backlogs, IRCC will get back to annual targets of over 110,000 new immigrants by 2024.

You can book your free appointment with our expert consultants to determine your eligibility for Canada Express Entry programs. 

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