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Important Changes Are Coming to IRCC's National Occupational Classification (NOC) System

As Canada continues to see an influx of applications for everything from Temporary Residence to Permanent Residency and all that’s in-between, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced new developments to the current NOC system which they hope will help to further IRCC’s efficiency and economic growth overall.

Within the recent announcement, it was noted that to better assess current Applicants, the National Occupational Classification (NOC) System will change to the Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) by November 16 2022.

This shift is designed to ensure a fuller examination of an Applicant’s skill level, by now including an examination of the Applicant’s former training, formal education, work experience and associated responsibilities.

As a result of incorporating these new elements, current NOC Codes and Levels have been updated as well. Specifically, the categories previously classified as Skill Level 0, Skill Level A, Skill Level B, Skill Level C and Skill Level D under the current NOC system will now be further expanded into a new TEER system; those being TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, TEER 3, TEER 4 and TEER 5. For a further breakdown of these categories and their respective requirements, click here.

So, who will this change impact you and your application?

1) If you have already submitted your profile but have not been sent an invitation to apply (ITA) by or before November 16, 2022, then you must update your profile with the new TEER Category and 5-digit occupation code connected to your current employment.

2) If you have received an ITA before November 16, 2022, then you must continue to complete your application for permanent residence using the NOC 2016 provisions.

For further clarification on how these changes may affect your application, review IRCC’s website here.

In closing, given these new changes, Applicants should feel at ease knowing that their previously obtained training, education, and experience will now be taken into consideration, thereby, increasing their overall scores and chances of success as a result.

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This update has been compiled with the latest available information for the general information of Border Law clients and other interested parties. This Update is not comprehensive and should not be relied upon without appropriate legal advice.


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