These 16 occupations could become eligible for Express Entry
16 occupations could become eligible for Express Entry, according to a ministerial memorandum dated February 21, 2022. The memo also reveals that IRCC will complete the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 in October-November of this year. Around those months, the system will move from the current skill level-based classification to a new TEER classification, standing for Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities.
For those who are not familiar, TEER categories include six levels from 0 to 5. Moreover, TEER category 0 is similar to NOC Type 0. However, the rest of the categories are distinct from skill types. Presently, under NOC 2016, occupations qualify for Express Entry from Skill Level B and above. Afterwards, under NOC 2021, TEER 3 and above will qualify.
<<Also Read: TEER Categories replace Skill Levels in NOC 2021>>
List of occupations that will shift to TEER 3 and become eligible for Express Entry
- 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-lay 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, also
- Heavy equipment operators, in addition
- Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.
There will also be three occupations that will become ineligible, including:
- other performers;
- program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness; and
- tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners.
In addition, as part of the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021, some eligible occupations under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) will also be affected.
List of occupations that will shift from TEER 4 (NOC C) to TEER 5 (NOC D)
The Atlantic Immigration Program is currently open to occupations at Skill Level C or above within NOC 2016. However, under NOC 2021, it will be open to occupations at TEER 4 or above. Therefore, the following occupations will become ineligible:
- Other support occupations in personal services,
- Longshore workers,
- Material handlers,
- Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs,
- Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors,
- Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations,
- Livestock labourers,
- Nursery and greenhouse labourers,
- Trappers and hunters,
- Food and beverage servers, and
- Labourers in textile processing and cutting, also
- Pet groomers and animal care workers.
How do TEER categories affect immigration to Canada?
Of course, many economic immigration options rely on NOC for the selection process. Therefore, replacing NOC Skill Types with TEER Categories could affect all those options. For example, we expect changes to the following programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC),
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC),
- Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC),
- Start-up visa,
- Self-employed immigration,
- also some provincial (PNP) and Quebec programs.
Also, this Statistics Canada tool allows you to see how your current NOC corresponds with NOC 2021.
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