Saskatchewan Express Entry Opens for 1,000 New Applications

Hugo O'Doherty
Published: October 26, 2017

The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened for 1,000 new applications, presenting an opportunity for eligible candidates in the government of Canada's Express Entry immigration pool to apply for a provincial nomination without needing a job offer.

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

A successful application for a provincial nomination under the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category, which operates on a first-come, first-served basis, results in 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points being awarded and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence being issued during a subsequent draw from the pool.

The last time this sub-category was in late July, when the intake of 600 new applications was filled within days — a common feature of this popular Canadian immigration category.

In-Demand Occupations

Of the 42 occupations on the new list, 19 do not require any professional licensure in order for a nomination to be issued.

No licensure required

NOC Occupation
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
1112 Financial and investment analysts
1122 Managers in Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2121 Biologists and related scientists
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 Managers in agriculture
0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers

Professional licensure required

Saskatchewan requires certain applicants to have obtained professional licensure in order for the immigration application to be processed to completion. This process may be completed from outside Canada.

An application submitted by an individual in one of these occupations that does not include the appropriate proof of licensure may be held for processing until this is provided. All other required documentation must be included in the application, otherwise it will be returned to the applicant and the CAD $300 government processing fee may not be refunded.

NOC Occupation Non-resident of Canada pathway to licencure
0211 Engineering managers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2131 Civil engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2132 Mechanical engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2151 Architects Refer to Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) notes
2154 Land surveyors Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS)
2173 Software engineers and designers Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS)
2175 Web designers and developer Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS)
4151 Psychologists College of Psychologists
4212 Social and community service workers Canadian Association of Social Workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants Ministry of Education
3211 Medical laboratory technologists Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists
3216 Medical sonographers Sonography Canada
6331 Meat cutters Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7231 Machinists Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7272 Cabinetmakers Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7311 Industrial mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7237 Welders Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)

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 an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in the 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, or 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 above);
  • Have at least one of the following in the 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).
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing; and
  • Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan.

"Intake periods under this SINP Express Entry sub-category are typically short, usually filling within days, and the government of Saskatchewan does not give any prior warning as to when the sub-category may reopen," notes Attorney David Cohen.

"As such, the first-come, first-served system rewards individuals who have prepared in advance and who are following Provincial Nominee Program updates regularly, as these are the people best placed to submit an application when the SINP opens its doors to Express Entry skilled workers."

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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