A new draw conducted by Saskatchewan immigration on September 24 invited 535 candidates to apply for permanent residence.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued invitations to apply to candidates in the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand categories.
So far, Saskatchewan immigration has invited 2,740 Occupations In-Demand candidates this year. Combined with the 2,245 immigration candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination via the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, the total number of invitations rolled out in 2020 is now just under 5,000.
In order to be nominated, candidates need to have lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the SINP.
The SINP uses an Expression of interest system to invite candidates that have the potential to flourish in the prairie province to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
Interested candidates must create an EOI profile and show their ability to settle into life in Saskatchewan by listing their age, education, work experience, language ability, and ties to the province.
The SINP uses these five factors to evaluate the 535 candidates and gives them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Workers Points Assessment Grid.
The highest-scoring candidates are then given an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
The minimum score required in the September 24 draws was eighty-two (82) for both sub-categories.
No job offer is required in order to obtain an invitation from the Saskatchewan immigration department. However, candidates must have at least one year of work experience in an eligible occupation related to their field of study.
Invited candidates in both categories also had Educational Credential Assessment, which shows how foreign diplomas, certificates, and degrees compare to Canadian credentials.
Express Entry sub-category
In this new invitation round, Saskatchewan sent out 278 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 eighty-two (82) on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid they may have been selected during the Sept. 24 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.
Occupations In-Demand sub-category
The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is open to those candidates who do not have a valid federal Express Entry profile.
There were 257 Occupations In-Demand individuals invited to apply for a provincial nomination, and like the Express Entry sub-category, candidates require a provincial score of eighty-two (82) in order to be chosen.
The September 24 draw sent out invitations to candidates in eighty-one (81) occupations including sales representatives, senior managers, and machinery operators among others.