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Popular Express Entry Immigration Category in Saskatchewan Reopens

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saskatchewan-flag-sky(Update: Since this article was published, the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category has closed for new applications.)

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has reopened its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry immigration sub-category for 500 new applications. This popular sub-category forms part of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), through which the province welcomes new permanent residents who have the ability to settle and establish themselves economically.

News of the reopening of the Express Entry sub-category on February 14 is likely to prove popular among eligible candidates who have been waiting for the sub-category, which most recently reopened on January 4, to reopen once again. If this application intake is anything like previous intakes, it is likely that the quota of 500 applications will be filled within days, or even hours.

Through this sub-category, eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry pool may apply for a provincial nomination certificate from Saskatchewan. A provincial nomination certificate obtained through this sub-category gives the candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), ensuring that he or she secures an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SINP’s International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have been accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry pool and have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
  • Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in their Express Entry profile;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and which has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate;
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a skilled occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level A, B or 0 that’s in-demand in Saskatchewan (see below);
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Hold a certificate of qualification (also known as a letter of invitation) in their skilled trade from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission if their work experience is in a skilled trade;
  • Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.

In-Demand Occupations List

(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

About Sasktatchewan

Historically, immigrants were attracted to Saskatchewan by the availability of fertile land. Today it is primarily the province’s fast-growing and modernized economy that attracts new immigrants to build their lives in Saskatchewan. The province is located in the Prairies of Western Canada, bordered by Alberta to the west and Manitoba to the east. To learn more about Saskatchewan, click here.

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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