ARCHIVED – Operational Bulletin 393 (Modified) - March 30, 2012

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Release of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2011

This Operational Bulletin has expired. Please refer to OB 521 for current information.

Issue

On January 31, 2012, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Statistics Canada (STC) replaced the 2006 edition of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) with the 2011 edition. The 2011 NOC includes some structural changes due to its merge with STC’s National Occupational Classification for Statistics.

Background

This Operational Bulletin (OB) provides guidance to officers on processing applications received before and after the release of the NOC 2011.

Guidelines for applications received before January 31, 2012

Applications received before this date should be processed using the 2006 edition of the NOC. Applicants can currently access the NOC 2006 through the Working in Canada (WIC) tool.

HRSDC recently reinstated the NOC 2006 on their website so both the NOC 2006 and 2011 are available online.

Guidelines for applications received after January 31, 2012

Applicants have been advised that they will have the benefit of having their permanent resident applications considered under either the NOC 2006 or the NOC 2011, until CIC determines that it will shift to the exclusive use of the new NOC 2011. As a result, officers should assess applications received after January 31, 2012 according to either the NOC 2006 or 2011, whichever of the two NOCs is the most advantageous to the applicant.

HRSDC has advised that it will continue to use the 2006 NOC for Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) and Arranged Employment Opinions (AEOs) until further notice. As such, CIC will also continue to assess applications that are accompanied by LMOs and AEOs with the 2006 NOC edition.

Federal Skilled Worker Applications received after January 31, 2012

For the purposes of the Federal Skilled Worker Program list of eligible occupations under the third set of Ministerial Instructions (MI), the following NOC codes have been affected. The new 2011 Code is provided:

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

While some NOC codes have changed, most of the job duties in the 2006 descriptions are similar to those found in the NOC 2011 job descriptions. Other occupations listed in the MI have not been affected by the release of the NOC 2011.

The change of the NOC codes will not affect how occupation caps are counted. Occupations that have been capped are still capped, whether or not the NOC code has changed.

Transition to NOC 2011

CIC is looking at options to successfully switch to the latest edition of the NOC. As HRSDC may be the first step for applicants preparing their applications for temporary or permanent residence, both departments will be working closely together to ensure a smooth transfer for applications containing LMOs and AEOs. Updates will be published as soon as they become available.

For further information on changes outlined in this OB, please contact Operational Management and Coordination Branch at OMC-GOC-Immigration@cic.gc.ca.

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