Saskatchewan issues 234 invitations in second January selection round

Shelby Thevenot
Published: January 13, 2020

The latest two Saskatchewan selection rounds were broken up by only a weekend.

On Monday, January 13, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued another 234 invitations to candidates in the province’s Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand streams.

Friday’s round was slightly higher, sending out a total of 308 invitations to candidates in the same sub-categories.

Two days is the shortest gap between the dates of two consecutive draws since Saskatchewan introduced the Expression of Interest (EOI) system in August 2018.

Saskatchewan’s EOI system allows the province to select immigration candidates that have the potential to thrive in the prairie province. Interested candidates must create an EOI profile and be assessed on how their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province demonstrate their capacity to settle into life in Saskatchewan.

Candidates are then given a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid.

The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The minimum score required in the January 13 draws was 69 for both sub-categories.

No job offer is required in order to receive an invitation from Saskatchewan. However, candidates needed at least one year of work experience in an eligible skilled occupation related to their field of study.

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Express Entry sub-category

In the latest selection round, Saskatchewan issued 125 invitations to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

If candidates in the federal Express Entry pool also filled out an EOI for Saskatchewan, and they scored 69 on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid they may have been selected on January 13.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score at the federal level and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Occupations In-Demand sub-category

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is open to immigration candidates who do not have a federal Express Entry profile.

There were 109 Occupations In-Demand candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination, and like the Express Entry sub-category, candidates needed a provincial score of 69 in order to be chosen.

The January 13 draw issued invitations to candidates in 65 occupations, such as financial managers, human resource professionals, and university professors and lecturers among others.

For a complete list of the occupations that were included in this draw, consult the draw page.

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