On August 5, 2021, Saskatchewan issued invitations to 452 immigration candidates. They were invited to file their applications for a provincial nomination from SINP.
The immigration candidates invited were eligible to get a nomination from the SINP. The candidates were specifically selected from the category of International Skilled Worker. Among the invited candidates, 171 were possibly eligible for the Express Entry subcategory of SINP. 281 candidates were chosen via the sub-category of Occupations In-Demand.
No matter what stream the candidates came from, all those who were invited had to have a minimum EOI score of 73 points for eligibility to be invited. The candidates were also required to go through ECA. That will show that their foreign education had comparisons in the standard education system of Canada. Moreover, their work experience in one of the 65 occupations deemed in-demand was necessary. These occupations are listed on the webpage of government.
Occupations In-Demand – About the subcategory
The Occupations In-demand sub-category is classified as a base PNP in the Canada immigration system. By this, it’s meant that the sub-category is open to Canada immigration candidates, who haven’t created an Express Entry profile.
The target candidates of this sub-category are the foreign workers highly skilled in their line of work. They also have experience in one of the in-demand occupations listed by Saskatchewan. These candidates are those who don’t have a job offer in Saskatchewan as yet.
Eligibility to apply
If immigration candidates want to file an application for Canada immigration via the Occupations In-demand sub-category, they must first create an EOI profile via the online application system of SINP.
Saskatchewan has an EOI system that enables it to make a selection of immigration candidates. These candidates possess the ability to settle and work in the prairie province. The selected candidates will go through an assessment. Their education, work experience, age, language skills, and connections to Saskatchewan will be assessed. They will thus demonstrate their potential to settle in the province.
These candidates are assigned scores out of 1000 on the basis of the Points Assessment Grid of SINP’s International Skilled Worker program. Candidates who score the highest are then issued ITAs. These ITAs are invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR to which the nomination leads to.
Express Entry – About the subcategory
Classified as an enhanced PNP, the Express Entry subcategory is linked to the Express Entry system. The federal government of Canada uses the Express Entry system to manage immigration applications.
Express Entry is a points-based application management system. It’s used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool. This candidate pool is accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.
Provincial governments choose Express Entry candidates through PNP draws. They also automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score. The higher score will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.
The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
SINP – Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program
ECA – Educational Credential Assessment