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   I have a very essential and basic query to be asked before applying under express entry - FSW. I have done B.Tech in Biotechnology and worked for 3+ years as Content Writer, not related to my area of study ( NOC code 5121 - Authors and writers:

My query is: Since my educational degree is different from my work profile, am I eligible for applying under express entry - FSW?

Thanking You!
Yours faithfully,
Mamta Paul

ANSWER: Hello,

Although your work experience is not in the field of your study, you are eligible for applying in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Class under Express Entry as long as your work experience is in the category of Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B, according to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Thank you for your attention. Best wishes for New Year 2016.

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 Thanks a lot for clearing the basics and your new year wishes, I wish you the same!

One more important thing I would like myself to be clarified is that according to one of the consultants through whom I wanted to file my application said that as per the "Employment Requirements" mentioned in NOC (, my case is weak and file is likely to be rejected since my education background is not met. Can you please verify the "Employment Requirements" from your end?
What is your experience of such filed cases?

Mamta Paul

ANSWER: Hello,

It is not true. If you visit, you will see that there is no mention that your experience must be related to your education. What matters is that you must have one year of experience at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC). At, Attorney Cohen also states that work experience does not have to be related to education.

Moreover, under Express Entry, people who have highest scores will be invited to submit their applications for permanent residence in Canada.

Thank your for your attention. Best Regards.

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   Thanks a lot for clearing the doubts with which I feel "employment requirements" is not strictly a restriction to my eligibility. Few more doubts are as follows that I have about the NOC code 5121 - Authors and writers: under which I want to apply:

1) As per the main description: ".......other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation", what can be covered in non-journalistic articles?
Do articles published on blogs, content(describing about the company and its services) published on website, powerpoint presentation, classified, press release etc. can be covered in this? (Because I write all these only, not the books or scripts or so)

2) As per the main description: "......or they may be self-employed."
Can working as freelancer be included in "self employed" terminology?

Thanking You!
Yours faithfully,
Mamta Paul


1. Based on what is mentioned at, I think that you may be eligible under NOC 5121.

2. However, based on the fact that you are a freelance writer, I wonder whether you should use NOC 5122 Editors.

Thank you very much for your attention. Best Regards  

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