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Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reopens

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

The province of Saskatchewan has reopened its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and will accept up to 600 new applications. This sub-category allows eligible candidates in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry pool to obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

This is the first time since February that this sub-category has been open for new applications. The February intake quota of 500 new applications filled within a day, testament to the popularity of this program and Saskatchewan as an immigration destination.

Candidates should note that there has been a slight change in the list of eligible occupations for this sub-category. Whereas previously there were 21 occupations listed, the province has updated the list and four occupations are no longer listed. The current list therefore includes 17 occupations.

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;
    • The Number and Code must be included in the SINP application.
  • 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 a minimum level of work experience 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);
    • At least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); OR
    • At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade within the past five years; OR
    • At least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • 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.

Occupations List for SINP Express Entry sub-category

NOCOccupationSkill Level
0423Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services0
0513Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors0
0714Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers0
0821Managers in Agriculture0
1252Health Information Management OccupationsB
2161Mathematicians, Statisticians and ActuariesA
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 to enter the Express Entry pool, the first step to immigrating to Canada through the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category, please fill out a
 free online assessment today.
If you have a valid Express Entry profile and work experience in an opportunity occupation listed above, please contact sinp@canadavisa.com to learn more about the next steps.

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