Saskatchewan’s decision to expand its Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories to applicants with work experience in more than 200 high-skilled occupations is yet another key improvement on the province’s immigrant nominee program, the SINP.
Neither sub-category requires a Canadian work experience or job offer in order to be considered for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence from Saskatchewan province. One year of skilled work experience in a high-skilled profession that is considered to be “in-demand” in Saskatchewan is needed, however, among other criteria.
The previous week, the SINP updated its list of eligible occupations, known as the In-Demand Occupation List, with a list of excluded occupations instead. The upgrade saw the number of qualified in-demand occupations rose from 19 to 218 as a result, allowing Expressions of Interest from a broad range of applicants with high-skilled work experience who had initially been excluded.
Professions that are now included cover the spectrum of high-skilled occupations, from professional and managerial to technical and skilled trades, and represent a variety of sectors and industries, including the following in IT:
- information systems analysts;
- ddata administrators and databased analyst;
- computer network expert;
- information systems testing technicians;
- software engineers and designers;
- interactive media developers and computer programmers,
- web designers and developers.
‘Positive employment demand’
In an exclusive chat with SINP Executive Director Anne McRorie said the replacement of In-Demand Occupation List is “a big change for candidates,” one that she thinks will better respond to labour needs in the province.
“We feel this approach is going to help us draw high-skilled workers with the skills we need,” she said.
All of the 218 occupations that are now currently eligible “have positive employment demand,” she said, citing the Saskatchewan government’s Occupational Outlook, which offers labour market information for 437 occupations of the province.
McRorie added that the move to an Excluded Occupation List will free the SINP from having to continously revise its list of in-demand occupations to reflect the outlook.
“Instead of continously updating the in-demand list, we are going with the exclusions list, which are occupations that we will not invite to apply at all. The ones that are qualified, we will invite them based on our Occupational Outlook althrough the year,” McRorie said.
McRorie declared the SINP chosed to only list excluded occupations because listing both eligible and excluded occupations “would be too confusing.”
The only way to now view the list qualified occupations on the SINP’s website is to complete an online Expression of Interest, or EOI application.
Among the fields that applicants are required to fill out is a drop-down list containing the eligible occupations.
Only eligible applicants whose occupation appears on the drop-down list will be able to lodge an expression of interest into the pool of applicants for either the Occupation In-Demand or express entry sub-categories.
McRorie said a candidate’s Expression of interest score and occupation are the “major factors” when determining who gets an invites to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.
She pointed to the fact the SINP has conducted several occupation-specific invitation round of draws this year and said she expects this trend to continue in accordance with the Saskatchewan’s Occupational Outlook, which she said program staff monitor for net job vacancies.
“those applicants in the pool, we see if there is positive employment demand,” McRorie indicated. “So, there’s an opportunity for an invitation.”
Six of the 19 Expression of interest selection rounds conducted by the SINP this year have targeted applicants with specific work experience.
McRorie said approval rates also play a major role in how many candidates the SINP invites to apply for a provincial nomination in each occupation.
“When people are applying, we look at labour demand and how many individuals are invited. If they’re accepted, we see them as meeting that labour demand.”
“As [approval rates] moves, we can be more responsive to new labour market demands.”
The move to an Excluded Occupation List is the latest innovation in the SINP’s approach to selecting applicants through its Occupation In-Demand and express entry sub-categories.