IRCC is trying to resolve the IT glitch in the Express Entry draw
IRCC is trying to resolve the IT glitch in the Express Entry draw. Following the introduction of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed disruptions in the Express Entry system. Unfortunately, Provincial Nominee Programs candidates were also impacted by this technical glitch. IRCC has stated that they are actively investigating these issues and striving to find solutions. However, the department has yet to indicate when a resolution will be available or what the underlying problems may be. Furthermore, IRCC asserts that candidates should check for updates regularly as more information becomes accessible.
According to IRCC, they are aware that clients are often instructed by the system that they do not have sufficient Canadian work experience even though they match the Minimum Entry Criteria (MEC) of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
This error resulted in the incorrect release of some ITAs to applicants during the round of invitations on November 23rd, including several PNP candidates. Candidates for the PNP who are attempting to update their Express Entry profile to reflect the change to NOC 2021 have also been affected by the system error.
No Express Entry draw took place
It is unknown if the Express Entry draw that was skipped last week on December 7 was connected to these IT issues. CIC News has contacted IRCC to learn what the system error might mean going forward for applicants and when Express Entry draws are expected to resume. All-program Express Entry draws resumed in July of this year after an 18-month break starting in December 2020. Since draws resumed, the IRCC has been inviting candidates on Wednesdays every two weeks. Candidates shared their frustration on social media after the expected draw on December 7 wasn’t held.
According to IRCC ministerial guidelines, draws will take place “almost every two weeks.” There is no rule that defines how frequently or on what day draws will occur, despite though they have typically occurred on Wednesdays. The IRCC has full 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 draws, held on November 9 and November 23.
The NOC 2016 has been replaced with the NOC 2021, it was announced on November 16, 2022.
To be eligible for Express Entry, work experience must fall under NOC 2016 skill classes 0, A, or B. The (TEER) system, which stands for Training, Experience, Education, and Responsibility, has been introduced by IRCC as part of NOC 2021.
By replacing the outdated NOC with a new NOC and TEER system, which integrates training, education, experience, and responsibilities, Canada will be capable of achieving the following four goals (TEER). Improved occupational forecasting, better analysis of the national labor supply and demand, and more focused and specific training and skill development are all required for both employers and employees in Canada.
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