IRCC has been working on transitioning to the NOC 2021 system since the announcement on July 27, 2022. This change will affect Canada’s 100+ immigration programs, including Express Entry.
NOC 2021 changes skill type and level to TEER categories
The requirements will be aligned with the NOC 2021 structure for all 3 Express Entry programs (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program). Skill Types and Skill Levels of NOC 2016 will be replaced with TEER Categories of NOC 2021.
If you want to learn more about TEER, you can check out here.
What do you need to know when you apply for Express Entry?
Express Entry eligibility criteria updated for NOC 2021
If you will apply for an Express Entry on or after November 16, 2022, or you already submitted but have not received an ITA, you must:
- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has a list of NOC 2021 occupations you can search for
- Fill out your profile with your TEER Category and 5-digit occupation code
Your profile must be updated by November 16, 2022, if you wish to remain eligible for an ITA.
Your application for permanent residence must be submitted using NOC 2016 if you have received an ITA before November 16, 2022.
The passage of NOC 2021 will lead to changes in occupational eligibility for Express Entry
As a result of the transition to the NOC 2021, 16 occupations will become eligible for Express Entry, while three occupations will become ineligible. Programs with broader occupational eligibility criteria, such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), will continue to accept the three newly ineligible occupations.
16 newly 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
Comprehensive ranking system(CRS)
The skill Type/Level update chart determines the points you get in the comprehensive ranking system.
Federal Skilled Worker Program selection factor points
Skill Type/Level update chart will determine how many points you receive for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
If you want to learn more, please check here.
Disclaimer: The information is obtained directly from the Government of Canada website. The information has been gathered as accurately as possible at the time of writing (Nov 16, 2022), but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check their official website and digital channels.