Find Your NOC Code

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Find Your NOC Code

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    What is the NOC (National Occupation Classification)?

    The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is a system that allocates a code to each occupation present in the Canadian labour market. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses NOC codes to assess the work experience of every candidate for Canadian immigration. When you are asked to specify your work experience, you are required to identify the relevant NOC code that aligns best with that experience. 

    Identifying the correct NOC Code is a crucial part of your permanent residence application, and a central point of qualification in Express Entry. If you chose an NOC Code that doesn’t genuinely match your work experience, your application could be rejected or returned to you. It is your responsibility to select an accurate NOC code, and support this choice with the necessary work experience documentation.

    How can I find my NOC code?

    You can search for your NOC code on the government of Canada’s website.

    Here are instructions on finding your NOC code:

    1. Make sure “NOC 2021 Version 1.0” is selected from the left drop-down menu
    2. Enter your job title into the search box on the right, and click “Search”
    3. View possible NOC Codes (first column) that apply to your position, along with the associated TEER level (third column).

    NOC Codes and Job Title

    It is important to note that the job title itself is not what determines a match between your work experience and an NOC code. Rather, it is the actions you performed that are important. 

    For an NOC code to be accepted as matching your work experience, you need to demonstrate that:

    1. You performed the actions described in the lead statement for the occupation
    2. You performed a substantial number of the main duties for the occupation, and all of the essential duties

    Finding your NOC code therefore requires a careful review of the entire occupation description, including the NOC exclusions. If there are more than NOC Codes that appear to match your work experience, you will need to determine which one is the best fit. 

    What are TEER categories?

    TEER stands for Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities.  Each NOC Code is associated with a TEER Category. Each TEER category is defined by the level of training and education required to enter and perform the work in that occupation. For most immigration programs, the eligibility of your work experience is determined primarily by the TEER level of the occupation.

    Below are the six TEER categories, with example occupations:

    • TEER 0: Management Occupations (all types of senior management positions)
    • TEER 1: Occupations usually requiring a university degree (e.g. engineers, accountants, teachers, doctors)
    • TEER 2: Occupations usually requiring a college diploma, apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or supervisory occupations (e.g. bookkeepers,carpenters, computer technicians)
    • TEER 3: Occupations usually requiring a college diploma, apprenticeship training of less than two years, or more than 6 months of on-the-job training (e.g. bakers, dental assistants, administrative assistants)
    • TEER 4: Occupations usually requiring a high school diploma, or several weeks of on-the-job training (e.g. home support workers, retail salespeople)
    • TEER 5: Occupations that usually don’t require formal education or training (e.g. construction and agricultural labourers)

    What TEER category of work experience is required for Express Entry?

    It is essential that you know the NOC Code and TEER category of your work experience, as it will determine the immigration pathways you are eligible for. In Express Entry, requirements can be broken down into immigration programs and draw types:

    Federal Skilled Worker Program:

    • Only work experience at TEER level 0 to 3 is accepted

    Canadian Experience Class

    • Only work experience at TEER level 0 to 3 is accepted.  
    • The TEER level of your experience determines the minimum language level you need:
      • For TEER 0 and 1 work experience, a language level of CLB7 is required.
      • For TEER 2 and 3 work experience, a language level of CLB 5 is required

    Federal Skilled Trades Program:

    • Only work experience in one of the qualifying skilled-trades NOC groups is eligible

    Category Based Express Entry Draws

    • In addition to qualifying for one of the immigration programs in the Express Entry system, your work experience must be in one of the listed NOC codes for category based selection

    Provincial Nominee Program

    • After creating an Express Entry profile, your NOC Code will determine your opportunities for a provincial nomination, as the provinces can select individuals from the pool based on specific work experience.
    • Whether applying through Express Entry or directly to the province, most Provincial Nominee Program streams require work experience and/or job offers at TEER level 0 to 3. Some select streams, however, are designed specifically TEER level 4 and 5 work experience.

    What are the Steps to Immigrate with Express Entry?
     

    In addition to having work experience in an eligible NOC category, immigration to Canada with Express Entry requires the following steps:

    1. Confirm that you meet the requirements for one of the three federal programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades.
    2. Take the IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF exam, and if your education is from outside of Canada, obtain an Education Credential Assessment (ECA).
    3. Submit an Express Entry Profile on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website, and receive your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
    4. If needed, take steps to increase your CRS score, such as improving your language level, studying in Canada, obtaining a job offer, or obtaining a nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program.
    5. Wait for an Express Entry draw that gives you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from IRCC. Draws are generally held every 2 or 3 weeks.
    6. Submit your Application for Permanent Residence (APR) to IRCC. You have 60 days from the date of the ITA to electronically submit your application.

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