British Columbia PNP To Align With The New National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 

National Occupation Classification

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) which held nomination draws once every week will now be paused between October 12 and November 16, 2022. Earlier, CanApprove reported that Canada is making the first major National Occupation Classification (NOC) update since 2016. A new NOC system will come into force on November 16 and will categorize immigration applicants based on their transferable work skills and abilities rather than their occupational experience.
This would mean more young immigrants with good academic records and work skills can qualify to apply for permanent residence. 

Following this, BC PNP is expected to align its intake eligibility with the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021. 

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. This also means that job or work experience required in NOC (2016) skill types under Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) currently, will instead fall within TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3. 

Coming November 2022, the new NOC system will be implemented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for its Express Entry programs. The change in Express Entry-eligible occupations will consequently impact eligibility for Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned PNPs. 

Express Entry-aligned PNPs recorded a huge intake of immigration applicants to apply for provincial nominations and subsequently obtain Canadian permanent residency (PR) post-pandemic. The addition of 600 CRS points to their Express Entry profiles after receiving the provincial nomination effectively guarantees PR status.  

Existing BC PNP candidates have to resubmit their applications

BC PNP candidates who have applications in the pool after October 12 will be removed. They will need to resubmit their applications when the system re-opens again in November. The application processing times are anticipated to remain within the service standard of 3 months for 80% of BC PNP applications. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility. 

Impact of NOC 2021 on Canada Immigration Eligibility 

Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system acts as a major component of evaluating candidates who wish to come to Canada under an economic class program, such as Express Entry or a Provincial Nominee Program. 

Let’s look at the implications of the new Canada NOC 2021 on Express Entry-linked BC PNP streams: 

CRS implications: All registered profiles in the federal pool are evaluated using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that factors in age, education, 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.

If you’re planning to immigrate to Canada, now is the right time to begin planning. You should begin by visiting a licensed consultant who could help you determine your eligibility, and best options & support you with the necessary documentation. 

You may consider CanApprove, a certified consultant with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and authorized to offer Canadian immigration services to interested candidates. We will analyze your work experience and academic profile to determine your best chances. 

Book your free appointment with us today! 

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