Following the recent changes in Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupation List, the top provincial executives have aroused to the occasion to exclaim its benefits.
The decision to open two popular sub-categories under SINP – Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand to candidates with work experience in more than 200 high-skilled occupations mark a major development in Saskatchewan’s immigration program. Now, the Expressions of Interest (EOI) from a broad range of candidates with high-skilled work experience, who had previously been excluded, will stand a chance for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.
A job offer or work experience in Canada is not required to be considered for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan province under these sub-categories. However, among other eligibility criteria, one year of skilled work experience in a high-skilled occupation that is deemed to be “in-demand” in Saskatchewan is required.
Last week, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) replaced its list of eligible occupations, known as the In-Demand Occupation List, with a list of excluded occupations instead. The said change saw the number of eligible in-demand occupations jump from 19 to 218.
The top provincial executive explained that the move to an Excluded Occupation List will free the SINP from having to regularly revise its list of in-demand professions to reflect the outlook, as reported by CIC news. Only listing the excluded occupation instead of listing both excluded and eligible occupations would be best in avoiding confusion.
According to the Government of Saskatchewan’s Occupation Outlook that provides labor market information for 437 occupations in the province, all the 218 eligible occupations have positive employment demand in the region. One can view the list of eligible occupations on the SINP’s website only while filling an online Expression of Interest, or EOI.
The eligible in-demand occupations cover a diverse field of high-skilled occupations, from managerial and professional to technical and skilled trades, and represent a variety of industries and sectors, including the following in IT:
- information systems analysts;
- database analysts and data administrators;
- computer network technicians;
- information systems testing technicians;
- software engineers and designers;
- computer programmers and interactive media developers;
- web designers and developers.
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A candidate’s EOI score and occupation are the deciding factors for issuing invitations to apply for a nomination from Saskatchewan. 6 out of the 19 EOI selection rounds held by the SINP in 2019 have issued invitations to candidates with specific work experience.
Switch to a points-based EOI system for managing the pool of candidates under the SINP from the previous first-come, first-served approach back in July 2018 is well-complimented by the move to an Excluded Occupation List. It will provide a better response to the province’s labour requirements.
Saskatchewan continues to try new approaches to invite overseas skilled workers. It is such innovations that make Canada PNP the best alternative to federal Express Entry programs for skilled immigration. If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, talk to us to kick-start your process of Canada immigration.