Are you really confused about whether your Job Duties are matched with correct NOC or not…?? Are you still thinking that you have chosen wrong NOC code which may or may not be matching with your Job Duties??


What to Do?

For people those who are not sure if they are applying for right category or not , there is no need to worry. This is because there is a way out of this situation and best of all it is quite official too.

It involves sending an email to noc[at] or  noc-cnp[at]


What to write in the Email ?

In this e-mail, you must mention all your Job Duties which you perform, day-in an day-out. Even don’t miss out on a minor of the details which seems negligible, but it may prove otherwise..

They access your data and provide accurate response as to which NOC should u apply for. Please send ur duties and ur qualification and ur role and they will respond u within 4-5 working days.

Of course the final decision is on the visa officer but you will get a better understanding of it from them rather than guessing.

Their response is something like this. This is just an example of NOC 2173. 


What is in the Reply?

Example of Reply to your mail regarding NOC matching with your Job Duties

Hello XYZ,

The following is the response to your request for assistance (reference #47**** ):

Based on the information that you have provided, the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) code may be appropriate for the occupation that you described. Please verify the link below to ensure that the education, main duties and employment requirements correspond to your occupation. You are in a better position to determine whether or not this NOC code reflects your job.

NOC Code: 2173 – Software engineers and designers


NOC Code: 2283 – Information systems testing technicians

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes are determined by the Skill Type and Skill Level.  The Skill Type represents the type of work performed as well as the general industry of employment, in order to easily indicate the segment of the world of work. The Skill Level represents the education required to perform the work.  However, the NOC does recognize the fact that most jobs require multitasking or performing more than one duty.  As a result there is a 51% rule that can be used as a guideline.  Simply put, 51% of the job functions must be contained in the main duties of the selected NOC description.

The final decision for selecting the most appropriate National Occupational Classification (NOC) code is each individual’s responsibility as you know your education, skills and abilities better than anyone else. However, the ultimate decision remains the responsibility of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as they are the only ones who have the authority to determine if the information provided meets their criteria.

Thank you,

Enquiry Response Team | Équipe de gestion des demandes
Skills and Employment Branch | Direction générale des compétences et de l’emploi
Employment and Social Development Canada | Emploi et Développement social Canada
Gatineau, QC, Canada K1A 0J9


Courtesy: This info is taken from a post by forum member 24 on this page