The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued the invitations on March 26. Candidates did not need a job offer to be selected, however, they needed one year of work experience in an eligible occupation related to their field of study.
BC, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have all held provincial nominee program draws since Canada announced its special coronavirus immigration measures on March 16. These draws are in addition to the March 18 federal Express Entry draw that only selected provincial nominees.
For Saskatchewan’s draw under the Occupations In-Demand subcategory invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments, and they either had a close family member in Saskatchewan or studied at a postsecondary institution in the province.
Some of the 71 occupations selected this round included college instructors, medical laboratory technologists, and corporate sales managers.
Candidates also needed to file an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to the SINP.
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 will 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 March 26 draw was 75.
The SINP has invited 1124 Occupations In-Demand candidates so far this year. Adding the 845 candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination through the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, that total goes up to 1969.
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 Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates with Express Entry profiles must also create EOI profiles for Saskatchewan in order to be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination
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.
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