Saskatchewan immigration department invited 248 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on March 11.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 248 candidates or principal applicants from the International Skilled Worker category.
Of those invited, Seventy-two (72) may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 176 may obtain the nomination via the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
Regardless of the immigration stream invited candidates required an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least Seventy-one (71) in order to be invited. They also needed Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) to show their foreign education was equivalent to the Canadian education standard.
They also needed work experience in one of the Seventy (70) in-demand occupations listed on the government website. Some of the eligible occupations include purchasing officers and agents, social and community services workers, as well as educational counsellors.
Occupations In-Demand sub-category
The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is a base Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), meaning it is available to candidates who do not have a valid federal Express Entry profile.
This sub-category is open to highly skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan province, who do not yet have a job offer.
In order to apply for permanent residence through this sub-category, foreign nationals need to open an EOI profile via the SINP’s online application system.
Saskatchewan’s EOI system allows the province to choose immigration candidates that have the potential or ability to thrive in the prairie province. Candidates will be assessed on how their age, education, work experience, language ability, and ties to the province show their capacity to settle into life in Saskatchewan.
They are then awarded a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Point Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring immigration candidates are then given an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Express Entry sub-category
In this new invitation round, Saskatchewan sent out 72 invitations to candidates who had valid profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.
Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category is aligned to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of applicants for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
If candidates in the federal Express Entry pool also filled out an Expression of interest for Saskatchewan, and they scored seventy-one (71) on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid they may have been selected in the latest draw.
Express Entry candidates who apply for and obtain a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan province are awarded an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score at the federal level, and are practically assured an invitation to apply for permanent residence, as most invitation rounds invite candidates with scores above 470.