On September 15, 2020, Saskatchewan held its largest PNP draw since February 2020. It invited a total of 621 candidates who were skilled workers with experience in 3 tech occupations.
The SINP sent invites to candidates from the International Skilled Worker category under Canada immigration via 2 subcategories namely Occupations in Demand and Express Entry. Candidates belonging to both these categories had to submit EOI profiles with the SINP. The 3 tech occupations they were required to have work experience are:
- NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
- NOC 2174 – Computer programming and interactive media developers
- NOC 2175 – Web designers and developers
The candidates invited via the draw had credentials for educational assessment. They showed how foreign certificates, diplomas, and degrees compared to Canadian credentials.
The SINP selects the candidates using the EOI system. These candidates show the highest potential to succeed in the regional labor market. Candidates must show that they are committed to building a life in Saskatchewan. For this, they must showcase their education, work experience, age, connections to the province, and language ability.
After assessing the candidates on these parameters, the Saskatchewan PNP grants them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker PAG. Candidates with the highest scores will get an invitation to apply for Saskatchewan’s provincial nomination.
68 was the minimum score needed in the draws held on September 15, 2020. This applies to both sub-categories. Those who got the minimum score and received invitation must have:
- Connections in Saskatchewan, or
- A minimum of 10 years of work experience, and
- A CLB of 8
All others required a minimum score of 69.
Let’s give you a better picture of the 2 subcategories now.
The Occupations in-demand sub-category is for immigration candidates without a federal Express Entry profile. In this draw, there were 166 candidates from this sub-category, who were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
The federal Express Entry system is tasked with the job of managing immigration candidate applications for 3 of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs. These are FSWP, CEC, and FSTP.
In case the candidates in the Express Entry pool also submitted an EOI for Saskatchewan after scoring 68 on the SINP’s PAG, there’s a chance for them to have been invited in this draw.
EE candidates who received a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan are given extra 600 points towards their CRS score. This brings with it an effective guarantee that they will receive an ITA for Canadian PR in an upcoming federal EE draw.
Most EE draws invite candidates with scores in the 400s. The latest Express Entry draw issued invites for those with a minimum score of 472.
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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
EOI – Expression of Interest
CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
EE – Express Entry
PAG – Points Assessment Grid
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
ITA – Invitation to Apply
PR – Permanent Residence / Permanent Resident