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.
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.
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|
|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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