Candidates for Express Entry are being impacted by system issues that have arisen since NOC 2021 was implemented.

An Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) spokesman stated that there had been IT issues with the Express Entry system since the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 was put into effect in an email to CIC News. This covers applicants for Provincial Nominee Programs through Express Entry (PNP).

Although the IRCC claims that the department is thoroughly investigating these problems and attempting to find solutions, no timetable for these fixes has been provided.

According to IRCC, applicants will be updated as new information becomes available.

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The most recent Express Entry lottery resulted in several ineligible candidates receiving ITAs.

According to IRCC, they are aware that clients are sometimes told by the system that they do not have enough Canadian work experience even though they match the Minimum Entry Criteria (MEC) of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

This mistake led to the wrongful issuance of some ITAs to applicants during the round of invites on November 23rd, including several PNP applicants.
Candidates for the PNP who are attempting to update their Express Entry profile to reflect the transition to NOC 2021 have also been impacted by the system fault.

Some Express Entry profiles are ineligible to get ITAs due to the fake code 93888. IRCC created this fake code as a workaround so that these applications might still be evaluated under NOC.

The Express Entry draw did not take place.

It’s unsure whether these IT issues had anything to do with the missed Express Entry draw last week on December 7.

CIC News has contacted IRCC to learn what the system error could mean for future candidates and when Express Entry draws are expected to resume.
After an 18-month hiatus beginning in December 2020, all-program Express Entry draws resumed in July of this year. Since the restart of the draws, IRCC has invited candidates every two weeks on Wednesdays.

The expected draw on December 7 did not take place, and potential candidates expressed their disappointment on social media.

According to IRCC ministerial directives, draws will take place “approximately every two weeks.” There is no legislation that specifies how frequently or on what day draws will occur, even though they have historically happened on Wednesdays. The IRCC has complete discretion over it.

Each draw has resulted in Canada inviting more applicants. Since July, there have been eleven draws. 4,750 candidates were invited to the two most recent lotteries, held on November 9 and November 23.

1500 applicants were invited to the first draw on July 6 with CRS scores of 557. With each subsequent draw, the CRS scores have fallen, with the most recent one being 491 on November 23.

NOC 2021

The IRCC formally changed the NOC 2016 to the NOC 2021 on November 16, 2022.

Candidates for Express Entry must have job experience categorized as NOC skill classes 0, A, or B under NOC 2016. The Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system has been adopted by IRCC for NOC 2021.

The goal of this change was to replace the outdated NOC system with a new NOC and Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system that will help Canada achieve the following four goals: better understanding of the Canadian labour market; improved occupational forecasting; improved analysis of the national labour supply and demand; and more targeted and specialized job training and skill development for both Canadians and foreign nationals.

Candidates who have previously submitted a profile to the IRCC Express Entry pool were given the opportunity to unilaterally change their NOCs to the new NOC 2021. Every post (job) listed in the IRCC profile requires this modification. Candidates will not be eligible to receive an Invitation to Apply if they do not comply with this (ITA).

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