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Find Your National Occupational Classification (NOC)

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) serves as Canada’s official framework for categorizing and defining various occupations. You can utilize the NOC to determine the classification of a specific occupation or to gather insights into its primary responsibilities, educational prerequisites, and additional valuable details.

How to Find your NOC (National Occupational Classification 2021)

Effective November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is adopting the updated 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. These changes carry significant implications for individuals applying for Canada PR and Work Permits, including those with active profiles within the Express Entry system.

To facilitate your journey to Canada, it is crucial to have a fundamental understanding of the NOC Code categories within the federal government's Express Entry program. Selecting the appropriate NOC code stands as a pivotal step in your Canada PR application process.

Should your chosen NOC code not align with your actual work experience, it could lead to potential rejection or the return of your application.

NOC Code Requirement for Express Entry and PNP Programs:

  • In order to qualify for a Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa via the Express Entry program, you need to possess work experience in a skilled occupation classified under NOC Skill Levels 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.
  • If your work experience pertains to an occupation classified under NOC Skill Levels 0, 1, 2, or 3, you are eligible to apply for a Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

How to find the right NOC Code for your occupation?

  • Your focus should be on finding the NOC code that aligns with your job duties, rather than solely relying on job titles. When presenting your evidence of work experience, the emphasis should be on your specific job responsibilities.
  • During the application processing, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will assess your job duties in relation to the NOC code you’ve chosen for consistency and accuracy.

How Countrywide Can Assist You in Applying for a Canada PR Visa?

Countrywide Visas stands as one of the fastest-growing immigration consultancies, comprising a dedicated team of immigration experts who provide professional and hassle-free services to clients applying for various immigration programs. Reach out to us with your immigration queries and inquiries by phone at +91 7303889347 or by emailing us at You can also fill out the Technical Assessment Form to receive a call from our immigration specialists, who are ready to guide you through the process of realizing your dream of settling abroad.