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Popular Immigration Category in Saskatchewan Fills Within Hours of Reopening

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It was a busy morning in the offices of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), which received 500 new applications for its International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category in just a few hours after reopening on January 4. The speed at which this popular Canadian immigration sub-category opened and closed highlighted, once again, the necessity for potential applicants to be fully prepared at any moment to submit an application.

(Update: Since this article was first published, the SINP International Skillled Worker – Express Entry sub-category also reopened for 500 new applications. This intake cap was reached within 24 hours.)

The International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation to make an application for a SINP provincial nomination certificate. With this certificate, the applicant may then apply to the federal government for permanent residence. A job offer is not required under this base sub-category, which is not aligned with the federal Express Entry system.

This sub-category opened on numerous occasions throughout 2016. Typically, the intake cap is reached quickly, often within days, or even hours. The fact that this sub-category has reopened again so early in 2017 suggests that Saskatchewan will look to welcome many new applications this year too.

Saskatchewan, with its high standard of living and plentiful employment opportunities, has become an increasingly popular immigration destination over recent years.

Among other eligibility requirements, applicants must be skilled in an in-demand occupation. The current list contains 21 occupations across a range of industries, notably in engineering, trades, agriculture, health care, and IT. A full list of in-demand occupations may be found below.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible under the SINP International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system;
    • The program of study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate.
  • Have at least one-year of paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training, in a highly-skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list, below);
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

In-Demand Occupations

(Note: Since this article was published the occupations list has been altered. To see the latest list, click here.)

NOC Occupation Skill Level
0213 Computer and Information Systems Managers 0
0423 Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services 0
0513 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors 0
0714 Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers 0
0821 Managers in Agriculture 0
1224 Property Administrators B
1225 Purchasing Agents and Officers B
1252 Health Information Management Occupations B
2161 Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries A
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants A
2221 Biological Technologists and Technicians B
2225 Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists B
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians B
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians B
2244 Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors B
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians B
2255 Technical Occupations in Geomantic and Meteorology B
7253 Gas Fitters B
7312 Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics B
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers B
7332 Appliance Servicers and Repairers B
To find out if you are eligible the SINP, or other Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.
If you fulfill the eligibility requirements above and have experience in one of the occupations in demand listed, please contact us.

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