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Saskatchewan Holds Third Round Of Draw With 559 Express Entry Candidates Invited

Saskatchewan conducted its third invitation round on October 8, inviting 559 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for  permanent residence of Canada.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has been issuing invitations to prospective migrants every week since it increased the number of occupations that are eligible under its Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories last month September 18.

Since then, the SINP has rolled out 1,938 invitations via both sub-categories over three (3) draws.

Minimum of one year of work experience in an eligible occupation relevant to one’s field of study is required under both the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories, among other requirements.

A valid job offer in Saskatchewan is not required, nor is Canadian work experience required.

The decision to drop the SINP’s In-Demand Occupation List in favour of an Excluded Occupation List saw the list of eligible professions expanded from nineteen (19) to two hundred and eighteen (218).

All three draws since the numbers were dropped have targeted individuals with related work experience in a wide range of occupations.

Individuals selected in the October 8 draw had work experience in one of the following fifteen (15) occupations. “NOC” stands for National Occupation Classification (NOC) code:

  • Financial manager (NOC 0111)
  • Human resource manager (NOC 0112)
  • Other administrative services manager (NOC 0114)
  • Banking credit and other investment manager (NOC 0122)
  • Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)
  • Other financial officers (NOC 1114)
  • Administrative officerb(NOC 1221)
  • Administrative assistant (NOC 1221)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Information systems consultants and analysts (NOC 2171)
  • Database administrators and analysts (NOC 2172)
  • Computer programmer and interactive media developer (NOC 2174)
  • Architectural technologist and technician (NOC 2251)
  • Financial sales representative (NOC 6235)
  • Baker (NOC 6332)
  • Automotive service technician, truck and bus mechanicvand mechanical repair (NOC 7321)

The draw held on October 8 follows major draws conducted on October 2 and September 25. The October 2 draws sent out a total of 610 invitations to candidates in both sub-categories, while the September 25 draw rolled out 769.

Those invited have Sixty (60) days to file for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. If selected by Saskatchewan, candidates are effectively assured an opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

Saskatchewan Express Entry System 

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category is connected to the federal Express Entry system.

The Express Entry system controls and manages candidates profile for Canada’s three major skilled worker immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Federal Skilled worker Program.

Of the 559 candidates invited to apply on October 8, 231 were Express Entry applicants who have also have valid  Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the SINP.

Expression of interest profiles are ranked based on the SINP’s unique points grid, which considers factors such as their attachments to Saskatchewan, work experience, and proficiency in French or English.

The lowest-ranked Express Entry applicants invited to apply in the latest draw had an EOI score of sixty-nine (69).

Express Entry candidates who got a nomination from the SINP obtained an extra 600 points towards their CRS score.

Occupation In-Demand

Many candidates invited in the Oct. 8 draw — 382 — were contenders under the Occupation In-Demand sub-category, which is not linked with the Express Entry system.

Eligible skilled workers with experience in an eligible occupation and who fulfills other criteria may be invited through this category. No job offer is required.

Creating an expression of interest profile is also required in order to be considered under the Occupation of In-Demand sub-category.

Candidates from this occupation in-demand sub-category, as well as the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, required a valid EOI profile in the SINP’s system. The minimum EOI score required for this round was Sixty-nine (69).