Picking an NOC code is a very important step in the Canadian Express Entry process, so it’s no surprise that picking the right NOC code is something people sometimes struggle with.
In order to pick the right NOC code for you, follow the steps below:
List out the job title(s) you’ve held, or are currently working in, that will be the primary roles for the NOC code you are picking. For example, “software engineer”, “accountant”, “marketing director”, etc. depending on your work experience. List all that may apply to your work experience
Go to the government website link here and scroll down to the bottom, under “Find your job title, code and skill type”:
Follow the steps they outline there, by typing in each of the titles you wrote down in Step 1 (separately) and then marking down the 3-5 most fitting titles that show up, and corresponding NOC codes.
Note: there may only be 1-2 that seem to fit, and that’s fine.
Go to the NOC website link here, click on “Search by NOC Code” and look up each NOC code that you wrote down in Step 3. You are looking for the NOC code that:
– has a lead statement/description that matches your work experience
– you match at least half of the main duties listed
– you meet any of the “requirements” listed
– you do not fall under any of the exclusion titles
Review each one carefully until you find the NOC that matches the best. Since you know your previous roles and experiences best, it’s well worth your time to spend 10-20 minutes (or longer if needed) to find the closest match for you.
We hope this helps – if you want even more help with the Canadian immigration process, make sure to sign up to the Visto portal (for free) at this link!