Notice – Changes that affect Economic Immigration Class applications

February 16, 2012 — Anyone who applies to the:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Provincial Nominee Program, or
  • Quebec-Selected Worker Program

must specify the Canadian equivalent of their intended occupation under what is known as the National Occupation Classification, or NOC.

On January 31, 2012, the 2006 edition of the NOC was updated with a 2011 version.

If you applied for permanent residence on or after January 31, 2012, your occupational category will be considered under either the NOC 2006 or the NOC 2011, until Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) shifts to using only the NOC 2011. More details will be added to this page as they become available.

For applications received before January 31, 2012: CIC will assess the occupations of the applicants using only the NOC 2006.

For applications received on or after January 31, 2012: CIC will assess the occupations of the applicants according to either the NOC 2006 or 2011, whichever benefits the applicant most.

For the purposes of the Federal Skilled Worker Program occupation list, the NOC codes in the table below have been affected by the NOC update. Most of the job duties in the 2006 NOC are similar to those found in the 2011 NOC job descriptions.

2006 NOC 2006 NOC Job description 2011 NOC 2011 NOC job description
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners 1312 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
6241 Chefs 6321 Chefs
6242 Cooks 6322 Cooks
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades 7204 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades 7301 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators 7237 Welders and Related Machine Operators
0811 Primary Production Managers (except agriculture) 0811 Managers in Natural Resources Production and Fishing
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Services  8222 Contractors and Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Services
3152 Registered Nurses 3012 Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses -  cap filled since July 19, 2011
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management 1122 Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting - cap filled since July 11, 2011

*Note: NOC changes do not affect how Federal Skilled Worker occupation caps are counted. Occupations that have been capped are still capped, whether or not the NOC code has changed.

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