New draws through Saskatchewan’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories resulted in 541 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued the new invitations on February 11, 2021.
The SINP allows Saskatchewan to nominate immigration candidates with skills required in the province’s labour market.
Invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. They also needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 72. This score is based on factors including age, education, work experience, proficiency in English or French and connections to Saskatchewan, among others.
Candidates were invited if they had work experience in one of 89 eligible occupations. Some examples of eligible occupations include financial managers, human resources professionals, and occupational therapists, among others.
About the Occupations In-Demand sub-category
The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is a base Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), meaning it is open to immigration candidates who do not have a federal Express Entry profile.
This sub-category is for highly skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan, who do not yet have a job offer in the province.
In order to apply for Canadian immigration through this sub-category, foreign nationals need to create an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system.
Saskatchewan’s EOI system allows the province to select immigration candidates that have the potential to thrive in the prairie province. Candidates will be assessed on how their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province demonstrate their capacity to settle into life in Saskatchewan.
They are then given a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid.
The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
About the Express Entry sub-category
The Express Entry sub-category is an enhanced PNP, meaning it is linked to the federal Express Entry system.
Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates with Express Entry profiles must also create EOI profiles for Saskatchewan in order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination
Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score at the federal level and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.