Saskatchewan has just unveiled the results of two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws that took place in recent weeks.
On October 7, Saskatchewan invited candidates under its Express Entry category.
The October 21 draw saw a total of 618 successful candidates receive invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
A total of 340 candidates received invitations under the Express Entry category. The lowest ranked candidate needed a score of 69 to receive an invitation.
An additional 278 candidates received invitations under the Occupations In-Demand category and the lowest ranked candidate needed a score of 78.
During the October 7 SINP draw, 455 Express Entry candidates received invitations and the minimum required score was 70.
So far, 3,040 candidates have obtained invitations under the Express Entry category in 2020.
In addition, 3,018 candidates have received invitations under the Occupations In-Demand category this year.
In all, 6,082 SINP candidates have successfully received invitations in 2020.
To receive an invitation, candidates must have submitted an SINP Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.
Saskatchewan uses an Expression of Interest system to manage its skilled worker applications.
When submitting their profile, candidates must show their ability to settle in Saskatchewan and are evaluated based on their age, education, work experience, language skills, and ties to the province.
Saskatchewan uses this criteria to give candidates a score out of 100 on its International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid.
Candidates with the highest scores receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination which they can then use to submit their permanent residence application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
While candidates do not need a job offer to be successful, they need to show they have at least one year of work experience in an eligible skilled occupation that is related to their education.
Successful candidates in both draw rounds needed to have submitted an Educational Credential Assessment to Saskatchewan, which shows that their education is comparable to Canadian standards.
Saskatchewan’s Express Entry category is connected to IRCC’s Express Entry system. Express Entry manages skilled worker applications for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
If a candidate is eligible for the SINP and one of the three Express Entry programs, they may receive an invitation for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.
With this invitation, they can then submit a provincial nomination application to Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan then awards them a provincial nomination certificate which the candidate can then upload to their Express Entry profile to receive an additional 600 points towards their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
These 600 points guarantee the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence from IRCC in the next Express Entry draw.
The Occupations In-Demand category is available to immigration candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. The purpose of this program is to invite immigration candidates who have work experience in occupations that have labour shortages in Saskatchewan.
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