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Saskatchewan opens popular Occupations In-Demand sub-category for the first time in 2018 UPDATE: The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is now closed after accepting 400 applications

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Saskatchewan opens popular Occupations In-Demand Sub-category for the first time in 2018The Government of Saskatchewan announced that the International Skilled Worker’s Occupations In-Demand sub-category of its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is now open for applications.

This is the first intake period of 2018.

Applications under the International Skilled Worker — Occupations In-Demand sub-category are received on a first-come, first-served basis.

Individuals interested in applying to this sub-category do not require a job offer in order to submit an application.

This sub-category is considered a ‘base’ program, which means it is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.

A successful nomination under this Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Occupations In-Demand sub-category results in a provincial nomination certificate being issued to the applicant.

With a provincial nomination certificate, the applicant and his eligible family members may apply for permanent resident status with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

During the previous intake period, which took place on August 2, 2017, Saskatchewan introduced a new in-demand occupations list of 35 eligible occupations. The August intake opened to 1,200 applicants and filled within one day.

The popular sub-category is expected to fill quickly again, with only 400 new applications being accepted.

Attorney David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Law firm says, “We are happy to see the province of Saskatchewan continue to make use of its Provincial Nominee Program to fill labour market needs and provide a pathway to Canadian Permanent Residence.”

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In order be eligible under this 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 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

Saskatchewan has a list of 36 eligible in-demand occupations. Of the 36 occupations, 12 do not require any professional licensure. An eligible individual with work experience in one of these occupations may apply to the SINP and receive a nomination certificate without ever applying for or obtaining any professional licensure.

No license required

NOC Occupation
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
1112 Financial and investment analysts
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
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 Managers in agriculture
0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers

Professional license required

Saskatchewan requires certain applicants to apply for professional licensure in order for the immigration application to be processed successfully. In many cases, this process may be completed from outside Canada.

One noteworthy change is to the licensure requirements for Software engineers and designers, which previously had the same licensure pathway. However, under the new list, these occupations have different pathways.

NOC Occupation Non-resident of Canada pathway to licensure
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 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
2173 Software 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)

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