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NOC 2021 IT glitch

Canada Express Entry immigration draws delayed by NOC 2021 IT glitch


NOC 2021 IT glitch

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) rerported that a computer glitch connected to NOC 2021 has delayed the department’s ability to conduct Express Entry draws.

“We are aware of the ongoing IT issues impacting new and existing Express Entry clients, including those in the Provincial Nominee Program, following the implementation of NOC 2021”, Jeffrey MacDonald, a communications advisor at the IRCC, reportedly said.

IRCC implemented the new NOC 2021 system on Nov. 16. The new NOC changes how foreign nationals fill out their applications when applying under the Express Entry immigration pool draw programs.

What is NOC 2021 (National Occupational Classification 2021)?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for defining and classifying all jobs. IRCC uses NOC to determine if applicants meet job or work experience under Canada’s Express Entry immigration system.  Canada uses the Express Entry immigration pool draws system to manage permanent residence (PR) applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

See also Canada Immigration – National Occupational Classification 2021 (NOC 2021).

NOC 2021 Requirements

NOC 2021 changes eligibility criteria for some of Canada’s immigration programs and how IRCC calculates points using the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Under NOC 2021, Express Entry applicants now need to search for their occupations under the NOC 2021 list on the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website. They must submit their Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category and five-digit occupational code when filling out a profile for the Express Entry pool.

IRCC asked candidates who have a profiles in the Express Entry pool to switch their NOCs to the new NOC 2021. Such update must be done for each position (job) included in the Express Entry profile. Failure to do so will disqualify candidates from receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC.

IRCC official webpage provides detail instructions to Express Entry candidates in the pool, as well as those who are joining the pool. See IRCC – NOC 2021: Compare all Express Entry programs.

Ineligible candidates received Express Entry invitation

IRCC reported that the NOC 2021 system is erroneously informing some candidates that they meet the Minimum Entry Criteria (MEC) of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) even though they do not have sufficient Canadian work experience.

Due to this error, a number of ITAs incorrectly issued to candidates, including some PNP candidates, during the November 23 Express Entry draw.

The system error also impacts Provincial Nomination Program candidates attempting to update their Express Entry profile to reflect the move to NOC 2021.

IRCC did not conduct the Express Entry draw scheduled for December 7 appatrently as a result of the NOC 2021 IT glitch.