595 Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand candidates are Invited by the Government of Saskatchewan to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held the draws on December 20. While no job offer was required to qualify, candidates needed to file an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the SINP. Among other criteria, they also needed to have one year of work experience in an eligible skilled occupation related to their field of study.
Eligible EOI Candidates are awarded a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid.
This scoring system considers factors such as
- skilled work experience,
- proficiency in English or French, and
- connections to Saskatchewan
The score determines the candidate’s ranking within the SINP’s EOI pool and therefore the highest-scoring candidates are issued invitations to use through regular draws.
Express Entry sub-category
304 invitations issued on December 20 went to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.
The SINP’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 Trades Class, and
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
291 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 SINP has now issued 6,284 invitations to candidates in both sub-categories over the course of 16 invitation rounds since September 25, when Saskatchewan overhauled its Occupations In-demand list.
The December 20 draw issued invitations to candidates in 96 occupations. Some of these in-demand occupations include: corporate sales managers; supervisors, finance and insurance office workers; and paralegals.