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Major Changes in the NOC System can Affect your Canada PR

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September 5, 2022

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Naju Gadhavi

What is Canada’s new NOC and how it will affect your chances of PR

Canada utilizes a system called the National Occupation Classification (NOC) to identify the amount of education and training required for various occupations and careers, so to put it in easy language, NOC Code determines which occupations are skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled. Canada generally requires candidates possessing skilled work experience.

Currently, IRCC uses the NOC 2016 to determine the eligibility of occupation, and soon in November 2022, it will be reintroduced! The NOC is updated by the federal government every ten years.

This will allow the Immigration aspirants to understand the impacts on their application once these rectifications are introduced.

NEW CHANGES TO NOC SYSTEM

Alteration of Terminology

This new terminology is more precise as the NOC assesses not just the level of skills, but also the level of training, formal education, and experience required to enter an occupation including the responsibilities associated with it.

Change in Skill level Categories-

The next change here is an increase in the number of categories. The new NOC has 6 teer categories, while the current NOC structure has 4 skill levels. The change will bring a clear difference between employment requirements with TEER being Categorised.

The New TEERs are as follows-

Categories Requirements
TEER – 0
  • Management Jobs (require a degree)
TEER – 1
  • Completion of a university degree i.e., bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate)
  • Experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 2 (when applicable)
TEER – 2
  • Completion of a post-secondary education program within two years at community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP
  • Apprenticeship training within the span of 2 years
  • More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses, or specific work experience with some secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category
TEER – 3
  • Completion of a post-secondary education program within two years at a community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP
  • Apprenticeship training with experience of at least 2 years
  • More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses, or specific work experience with some secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 4 (when applicable)
TEER – 4
  • Completion of secondary school
  • Several weeks of on- training with any secondary school education
  • Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 5
TEER – 5
  • Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements

Change in the Classification System

The change from a four-digit NOC code to a five-digit NOC code will be the third big change. The new code is more flexible than the previous system and allows to add-in new units if required.

The New 5-digit NOC Code is Defined as Follows:

  • The first digit represents the broad occupational category.
  • The second digit represents the TEER category.
  • The first two digits together represent the major group.
  • The first three digits represent the sub-major group.
  • The first four digits represent the minor group.
  • The full five digits represent the unit group or the occupation itself.

Along with these major changes there have been changes to the occupation themselves, the new NOC 2021 contains 516 occupations up from 500-unit groups in 2016. All in all, these changes are more reliable and will bring a lot of clarity to the system.

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