Saskatchewan held a new immigration draw on August 19.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited a grand total of 496 candidates through two immigration programs. Of those invited, 161 may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 335 through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
There was a small difference in the Expression of Interest (EOI) score requirement for each category of applicants. Candidates invited to apply for the Express Entry subcategory needed a score of at least 71. Occupations in Demand candidates had a slightly smaller cutoff score at 70.
In this draw, there were different eligible occupations for each category. There were 43 eligible occupations in the draw for Express Entry candidates, and 61 for Occupations in Demand candidates. The entire list of eligible occupations can be found on the government website.
Both groups also needed Educational Credential Assessments to demonstrate their foreign education was comparable to the Canadian standard.
Express Entry 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 receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score. This award effectively guarantees them a chance to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
This sub-category is for highly skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan, who do not yet have a job offer in the province.
In order to apply for Canadian immigration through this sub-category, foreign nationals need to create an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system.
Saskatchewan’s EOI system allows the province to select immigration candidates that have the potential to thrive in the prairie province. Candidates will be assessed on how their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province demonstrate their ability to settle in Saskatchewan.
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