Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category allows the province to nominate skilled worker candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The Occupation In-Demand sub-category is not linked to the Express Entry system.
In order to be considered for a provincial nomination through Saskatchewan’s Express Entry or Occupation In-Demand sub-category, the first step is to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
Eligible candidates receive a score based on factors including their education, skilled work experience, proficiency in English or French and connections to Saskatchewan and are entered into the pool for their respective immigration sub-category.
Candidates for both the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories must have work experience in a high-skilled profession on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List.
A set number of the highest-ranked profiles are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws from the pool of candidates for both sub-categories.
The lowest-ranked candidate invited through the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category on March 6 had a score of 67 while the lowest-ranked candidate invited through the In-Demand Occupation sub-category had a score of 81.
The March 6 draw came less than two weeks after the SINP held an Express Entry-focused draw on February 27 that issued 83 invitations.
The SINP has now issued a total of 515 invitations through its Express Entry sub-category and 302 invitations through its Occupation In-Demand sub-category in 2019.