The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP) draw held on September 27 invited 391 immigration candidates under two of its immigration programs. Among the invited, 152 were invited under the Express Entry subcategory of SINP while the remaining 239 candidates received invitations under the Occupations In Demand sub-category of the SINP. The minimum required Expression of Interest(EOI) score for candidates under these two categories was 71. There were 61 eligible occupations for each category. The candidates were also required to have their Educational Credential Assessments done in order to demonstrate that their educational qualifications were comparable to Canadian standards.
Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category
The Express Entry subcategory of SINP is aligned to the federal Express Entry system of Canada. Canada’s Express Entry system manages applications for immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs, which are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class.
In order to receive an invitation under this category, the Express Entry candidates must first submit an Expression of Interest to the SINP. If they receive a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan, they will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points added to their total CRS score. This would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
Occupations In-Demand subcategory
The Occupation In Demand subcategory of the SINP is for those candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. Highly skilled people with work experience in one of the in-demand occupations of Saskatchewan may apply under this subcategory. This subcategory also requires the candidates to create an Expression of Interest profile on the online application system of the SINP.
The Expression of Interest system of Saskatchewan allows the province to select immigration candidates who have the potential to economically establish themselves in the province. So it assesses the eligibility of candidates on the basis of their work experience, education, language ability, age and previous connections to the province.