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Popular Immigration Category in Saskatchewan Fills Within Hours of Reopening

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sask-flag-blowingIt 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.)

NOCOccupationSkill Level
0213Computer and Information Systems Managers0
0423Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services0
0513Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors0
0714Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers0
0821Managers in Agriculture0
1224Property AdministratorsB
1225Purchasing Agents and OfficersB
1252Health Information Management OccupationsB
2161Mathematicians, Statisticians and ActuariesA
2171Information Systems Analysts and ConsultantsA
2221Biological Technologists and TechniciansB
2225Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and SpecialistsB
2231Civil Engineering Technologists and TechniciansB
2232Mechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansB
2244Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and InspectorsB
2253Drafting Technologists and TechniciansB
2255Technical Occupations in Geomantic and MeteorologyB
7253Gas FittersB
7312Heavy-duty Equipment MechanicsB
7321Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical RepairersB
7332Appliance Servicers and RepairersB
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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