Express Entry: Is your position eligible?

Would a food counter attendant be eligible for Express Entry?

Question [Holthe Tilleman LLP website]:

I am a Food Counter Attendant. Can I apply for express entry?

My previous work was as a Senior Supply Clerk and Warehouse Specialist.
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Welcome to the Canadian Immigration Answers podcast. Today is July the 30th 2015. Today’s question comes from Henry. In the email that he sent me, he says the following, “Hi, I am a food counter attendant. Can I apply for express entry? My previous work was as a senior supply clerk and warehouse specialist. Thanks, Henry.”

So what Henry is getting at here is the skill level that is required to be eligible to enter into express entry. Not every position that an individual fills working in Canada or outside of Canada will qualify them to enter into the express entry pool, and ultimately seek an invitation to apply for permanent residence. In the case of Henry, he has what appears to be Canadian experience, I have to assume, working as a food counter attendant. Well under Canada’s National Occupational Classification system, that position would be considered as a low skill, or skill level D.

In order to qualify for express entry, individuals need to have experience working in positions that are considered to be skilled. In other words, skill level B, A or 0. These positions are often ones that require some form of post secondary education. Now that’s a general rule and there are exceptions such as in the case of Henry’s industry. Food service supervisors often do not require any formal education, but they are considered to be skilled for the purposes of express entry, because they are classified as skill level B.

If you want to determine your occupation and how it matches up with the requirements for express entry, you need to go to the National Occupational Classification system 2011. See if you can locate the position that you’ve got experience in, and match up the duties that you have within your job description with those set forth in the individual position profiles that are contained within the National Occupational Classification system or the NOC.

So in the case of Henry, he would not be able to qualify for express entry if the only experience he had was as a food counter attendant, but his question does indicate that his previous work was as a senior supply clerk and warehouse specialist. Now when clients come to me and ask me whether or not they qualify, you cannot make that assessment based on title alone. So I would need to see specifically what duties were contained within Henry’s job description for these positions. If those duties match up with a position that falls under skill level B, then it is possible that Henry could at the initial stages meet the minimum requirements to apply. However if the senior supply clerk and warehouse specialist are really classified as a skill level C, then he would not be eligible to apply. I hope this helped Henry. Thanks so much for sending a question our way, and we look forward to answering further questions in the future.

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