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How Canada’s new NOC will affect eligibility of Express Entry

According to the Canadian Government, the immigration department will start using the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) system with effect from November 16 this year.
The new system will change the way IRCC calculates the work experience, under NOC skill types 0, A, or B of NOC 2016.
IRCC is introducing a new TEER (Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities) system for calculating work experience eligibility.

The following table shows how NOC 2016 skill types compare to TEER categories.

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

New instructions for Express Entry candidates:

IRCC has provided instructions to all the express entry candidates who are in the pool or those who haven’t applied yet. The candidates who have already submitted but haven’t received the ITA need to update their profile on or after 16th November. The process for that will be first searching the NOC 2021 list on the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website & then updating the profile with TEER Category and five-digit occupation code.

If anyone is planning to submit an Express Entry profile on or after November 16, the candidate must find the occupation code on the NOC 2021 list and submit it when filling the profile.
If the applicant has received an ITA before November 16, he/she must submit the application using NOC 2016.

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Eligibility CriteriaCECFSWPFSTP
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 3Work experience in an occupation listed in one of these NOC TEER Categories: TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3Work 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 the last five years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)
Job offerNot requiredNot required but you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offerA 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 requiredSecondary education is required. You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary educationNot required
Effect on occupations:

16 new occupations will become eligible for Express Entry from now, and 3 will become ineligible.

The following occupations will become eligible under Express Entry starting November 16:

  • 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; and
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

The following occupations will become ineligible:

  • other performers;
  • program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness; and
  • tailors, dressmakers, furriers, and milliners.

These three occupations will remain eligible for programs with broader occupational eligibility criteria, such as some streams of the PNP.

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