IRCC confirms IT glitch affecting Express Entry candidates

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System problems occurring since the implementation of NOC 2021 are having an impact on Express Entry candidates.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) spokesperson has confirmed that there have been IT issues in the Express Entry system following the implementation of National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021. This includes Express Entry candidates who are in the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

While IRCC says the department is closely examining these issues and working to resolve them, no timeline has been given for such resolutions nor has the department confirmed what the issues are.

IRCC says they will update candidates as more information becomes available.

Express Entry draw did not occur

It is unknown whether these IT issues were related to the missed Express Entry draw last week on December 7.

Following an 18-month pause from December 2020, all-program Express Entry draws resumed in July this year. Since draws started again, IRCC has been inviting candidates every two weeks on Wednesdays.

The expected draw on December 7 did not take place and was accompanied by potential candidates voicing frustration on social media. 

IRCC ministerial instructions state that draws will occur “about every two weeks.” However, while to date they have taken place regularly on Wednesdays, there is no law that outlines how frequently draws will occur or on which day. It is entirely up to the discretion of IRCC.

NOC 2021

On November 16, 2022, IRCC officially made the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021.

Under NOC 2016, Express Entry candidates required work experience classified under NOC skill types 0, A or B. IRCC’s shift to NOC 2021 has shifted to the Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system.

This change was intended to update the old NOC system with a new NOC and Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system that will aid Canada in the following four objectives: gaining a better understanding of Canada’s labour market; improving its occupational forecasting; performing better analysis of national labour supply and demand and providing Canadians and foreign nationals alike with more targeted and specialized job training/skill development.

Candidates who have a profile already submitted to the IRCC Express Entry pool were invited to switch their NOCs to the new NOC 2021 independently. Such updates must be done for each position (job) included in the IRCC profile. Failure to do so will disqualify candidates from receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).