The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP) draw held on August 19 invited 496 candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The invitations were issued through the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories of SINP. Of the total number of 496 invitations issued, 161 went to Express Entry subcategory candidates and the remaining 335 invitations were issued to Occupations In Demand sub category candidates. The Express Entry subcategory candidates needed an Expression of Interest score of at least 71. At the same time, the cut-off score for the Occupations In Demand candidates was 70. The eligible occupations were also different for the candidates of these two categories. While Express Entry candidates had 43 eligible occupations, Occupations in Demand candidates had 61 eligible occupations. All the candidates were also required to have their Educational Credential Assessments done.
SINP Express Entry sub-category
The Express Entry sub-category is aligned to the federal Express Entry system. The Express Entry system of Canada manages applications for immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs of Canada, which are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
To receive an invitation through SINP Express Entry sub category, candidates with a valid Express Entry profile must have also submitted an Expression of Interest to the SINP. If they receive a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan, they will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System score points added to their total score. This would guarantee them an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Occupations In Demand subcategory
The Occupations In Demand subcategory of SINP is for those candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile. Highly skilled workers with experience in one of the in-demand occupations of Saskatchewan and who do not have a job offer from the province may apply under this sub-category. However, this category also requires the candidate to submit an Expression of Interest to the SINP.
Saskatchewan Expression of Interest
The Expression of Interest system of Saskatchewan allows the province to select candidates who possess the skills to economically succeed in the province. The EoI system assesses the candidates on the basis of various eligibility factors such as age, education, work experience etc. and awards a score based on these criteria. Those with the highest scores receive invitations to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.