One of the terms you often see or hear when choosing a migration route is NOC”, which stands for
National Occupation Classification.
In this classification, all jobs in Canada are categorized and coded based on job descriptions and other details.
The NOC code is a four-digit number, and each digit represents a group of jobs. In addition to coding, jobs are divided into the following five general categories:
NOC 0 – (Management Jobs) Requires university education and managerial background
NOC A – (Bachelor Jobs) Requires university education in a specialized field
NOC B – (Technical Occupations) Requires a college education or (equivalent to a postgraduate degree or at least a technical and vocational diploma)
NOC C – (Basic and Executive Jobs) Requires at least a diploma or internship for that particular profession
NOC D – (basic labor jobs) without the need for special knowledge or skills

In many migratory routes you will hear the term “skilled migrants” or similar translations, which refer to codes 0, A and B.

For example, managers, doctors, engineers, and other technical professions such as electrical engineering or plumbing are all included in one of these three main codes, and have” Skilled Occupation.”



LICO (or Low income cut-off) is an income threshold below which a family is considered “poor.” Many immigrations pathways, like the Federal Skilled Worker Program, consider LICO as a tool for the financial status of an application.

Recommended Minimum Scores for Every English Test

Note: These scores are recommended to get admission to top-tier universities like UBC, SFU, etc. A lot of other institutions may accept lower scores.


6.5 (no band less than 6.0)


88 or better with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components


an overall score of 65, and a minimum score of 60 in the Communicative Skills, including: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.


an overall score of 125 or better