The Skilled Worker National Occupational Classification (NOC) list is used to classify occupations based on the activities and responsibilities of the job and the nature of work performed.
The NOC list is used by the Express Entry system and other federal and provincial programs to determine if a candidate’s skill and work experience meet their eligibility requirements to obtain permanent residence.
“Skilled” jobs are classified as Skill level 0, A or B on the NOC list.
Skill Level 0 corresponds to managerial level jobs such as senior managers, restaurant managers, operations managers, etc.
Skill Level A corresponds to professional-level jobs such as doctors, dentists or architects, etc. These types of jobs often require university degrees.
Skill Level B corresponds to technical jobs and skilled trades that usually require job-specific training or 1-2 year college diplomas or technical training such as chefs, plumbers, electricians, etc.
All immigration programs for skilled workers require your occupation to be classified as Skill level 0, A or B on the NOC list.
Skill Level C corresponds to semi-skilled occupations that require only a high school diploma or job specialization. This includes occupations like industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers, food and beverage servers.
Occupations classified as Skill Level D on the NOC list correspond to jobs that require on-the-job training. These include occupations such as fruit pickers, cleaning staff, oil field workers, etc.
If you want to immigrate to Canada as a skilled foreign worker through the Express Entry system, a stream under a province or territories’ Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), you are required to be in occupations classified as skill level 0, A, or B.
You must identify how your occupation is classified in the NOC list to choose the immigration program best suited for you.
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