Canada conducted its most recent all-program 236th express entry draw on November 23rd, 2022. As well, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score continues to drop. This is the first draw that is conducted after the launch of the new National Occupational Classification system (TEER) issuing 4,750 Invitations to Apply (ITA).
This draw saw the minimum CRS score drop to 491 which is the lowest since post-pandemic recommencement. As Canada switched to the NOC 2021 version on November 16th, the candidates needed to update their profile in the express entry pool.
Eligible applicants were invited from the Canadian experience class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All these programs are run under the express entry system.
All-program Express Entry draws were stopped for over 18 months in 2020. The draws were paused because of a backlog in applications caused by COVID-19-related travel boundaries. Throughout this period, only applicants from the CEC or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were issued invitations to apply (ITAs). However, in September 2021, IRCC also stopped draws for the CEC.
Changes To NOC
On November 16, IRCC launched NOC 2021, a modification of NOC 2016, the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system that is used to regulate an Express Entry candidate’s occupation and skill level.
The new system classifies occupations based on training, education, experience, and responsibility (TEER) intricate. The new TEER system has reviewed NOC 2016’s skill levels 0-E and created an equal five TEERS.
|NOC 2016||NOC 2021|
|Skill Type 0||TEER 0|
|Skill Level A||TEER 1|
|Skill Level B||TEER 2|
|Skill Level B||TEER 3|
|Skill Level C||TEER 4|
|Skill Level D||TEER 5|
With the introduction of the TEER system, there are now 16 new professions qualified for Express Entry, while three occupations have become ineligible. The ineligible professions may still be acceptable under other economic immigration ways such as provincial nominee programs.
The introduction of the new occupation objects to target divisions in which Canada is now facing a lack of skilled labor such as tech, healthcare, and truck drivers.
Here is the list of newly eligible occupations:
Express Entry Expected To Change In 2023
Into late 2022 and early 2023, applicants can expect that Express Entry draws will remain as they are, and CRS scores will be the key determining aspect in issuing ITAs.
Though, starting in 2023, the newly accepted Bill C-19 means IRCC will have the right to conduct targeted draws. The standards for getting an ITA could differ between draws based on Canada’s most persistent economic requirement.
For instance, a person could obtain an ITA based on their job, education, or language abilities. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has said that these targeted draws will better place new permanent residents on a track to success while also guaranteeing that urgent openings in Canada’s labor force are filled.
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