The Saskatchewan immigration conducted its second round of major draws in two weeks on October 2, issuing invitations to 610 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence of Canada.
This is the second round of major draws held since the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) significantly increased the number of high-skilled occupations that qualify under its popular Express Entry system and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories.
A sum total of 769 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were sent out to Saskatchewan immigration applicants in draws via these two sub-categories the previous week.
Invited candidates represented Seventy-Seven (77) occupations, the SINP reported. Among those included were engineers, legal assistants, educational counsellors, human resource professionals, computer network technicians, cleaning supervisors, as well as natural and applied science researchers.
Candidates are required to have at least one year of work experience in an eligible occupation relevant to their field of study in order to be selected for a provincial nomination via either sub-category, there are also other eligibility criteria. A full-time job offer in Saskatchewan and Canadian work experience are not needed.
The October 2 and September 25 draws were among the biggest conducted by Saskatchewan since it changed its Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-stream to an Expression of Interest (EOI) system on July 2018.
A sum of 214 invitations was assigned to Occupation In-Demand applicants and another 396 invitations were given through the SINP’s Express Entry sub-streams, which is open to eligible applicants with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system.
The Express Entry system controls and manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s major Economic Class immigration stream — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry applicants with a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points towards their ranking score and are practically assured an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
In order to be chosen for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan, Express Entry applicants must apply for a separate Expression of Interest with the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
Under the SINP’s EOI system, eligible applicants are assigned a score based on factors such as their age, work experience, education, English or French proficiency and attachment to Saskatchewan.
Applicants with the highest scores are issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination via regular draws from the SINP’s EOI pool.
The minimum scores in the SINP’s October 2 draws were sixty-eight (68) for both the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-stream. These minimum scores were lower than in previous week’s draw, which had a minimum score of Seventy-nine (79) for Occupations In-Demand applicants and Seventy (70) for Express Entry candidates.
For more in-depth information on the high-skilled occupations that are now eligible under the SINP’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand categories, the candidate should visit the page here.