Immigrants who wish to live and work in Canada are classified and assessed using the National Occupation Classification (NOC). On December 31st, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released the NOC 2021 and included truck driving among the 16 new Express Entry eligible occupations. A shortage of qualified drivers in the trucking industry is driving this trend.
Truck drivers are in short supply
In the second quarter of 2021, Trucking HR Canada reported that there were 18,000 job openings for truck drivers. Several factors have disrupted the Canadian supply chain, which is heavily dependent on truck driving, including COVID-19 layoffs, a high retirement rate, and a lack of qualified drivers. Approximately $450 million in productivity is lost because of the shortage of truck drivers throughout the country. Over $850 billion of products are moved through the transportation industry each year.
The Express Entry Process
Express Entry is one of the most popular and efficient ways to immigrate to Canada, with points-based application management systems that allow skilled workers to move permanently to Canada. It is an application management system that allows skilled workers to apply for permanent residency. There are three types of economic immigration programs that can qualify you to be eligible for Express Entry: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
The programs will accept candidates who meet their requirements. Based on your age, education, work experience, language skills, and other factors, you will be given a score. Those with the highest scores will be invited to apply for permanent residency. If you qualify, the Express Entry system is fast and efficient, so you should apply!
Apply for Express Entry with a NOC
An Express Entry candidate’s NOC is one of the key factors IRCC uses when determining eligibility to apply for permanent residence. TEER (Training, Education, Work Experience, and Responsibilities) are factors considered when applying for Express Entry. A candidate’s NOC code is one of the human capital factors.
The NOC code is used to assess a candidate’s skills and experience. Candidates with NOC codes that are classified as 0, A, or B are generally awarded more points. Programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program may also require a candidate’s NOC code to qualify.
Additional points may be awarded to candidates with valid job offers or who have already worked in Canada for one year.
Create an Express Entry Application
Create an online account and complete the Express Entry profile after completing a language assessment and obtaining Education Credential Assessments. Among the details you will be asked for in the profile are your age, gender, level of education, work experience, and language skills. As well as indicating your interest in certain provinces and territories, you will be questioned.
Your profile is ranked based on the information you provided. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) uses a point-based system to rank profiles. If you score well, you will be added to Express Entry. The Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada will then draw candidates from the pool and offer permanent residence applications.
Your application will be processed based on IRCC’s usual standards once it is received. Once you are invited to apply, you have 60 days to submit all supporting documentation. In most cases, IRCC processes complete applications within 6 months of receiving them. You will then be able to move to Canada if aworks outoes well.
CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
In order to become a permanent resident in Canada, skilled workers must have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada, gained within the past three years.
For NOC TEER category 2 or 3 positions and CLB 7 for NOC TEER category 0 or 1 positions, applicants must also meet the language requirements of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or the Canadian Language Competencies (NCLC).
Workforce Program for Skilled Workers
The program is part of Express Entry, which encourages the entry of highly skilled workers into Canada. It is based on the theory that skilled workers with the right expertise can contribute significantly to the Canadian economy.
It is necessary for applicants to have at least a year’s work experience in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) occupation to qualify for the FSWP. Also, candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of funds and education, along with meeting the language requirements, including a minimum 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The FSWP points-based system requires a minimum score of 67/100.