The province of Saskatchewan has released the results of the June 15 SINP draw. In the draw the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 255 Express Entry candidates who desire to settle in the province to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The June 15 SINP draw invitations went to candidates in SINP International Skilled Worker category, of which 103 were invited from the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, and 152 from the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
Invited candidates needed a score of at least 82 under the SINP’s Expression of Interest (EOI) points grid.
The eligible in-demand occupations for the June 15 SINP draw are listed on the government webpage.
What are the requirements for the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category?
- Have a valid federal Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code.
- Score a minimum of 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid.
- Have a language test result that meets the federal Express Entry language requirements.
- Have completed post-secondary school or training that is comparable to at least one year of Canadian education. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree.
- For all education outside Canada, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
- Those who have finished training as part of high school do not need to submit an ECA, but must apply for Saskatchewan licensure. For more info, see Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements.
- Have experience in a job that is not on the Excluded Occupation List. See Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for eligible occupations.
- The minimum need for work experience is:
- For skilled professionals (not tradespeople): one year work experience in the past 10 years.
- For skilled tradespeople: two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years.
- One year work experience in Canada in the past three years (skilled tradespeople and skilled professionals).
- The minimum need for work experience is:
- Your above work experience must be in the field of your completed post-secondary education or training.
- Your work experience must be related to your job and education.
- Visit SINP Requirements Related to Professional Status or Licensure to see if your job needs specific SINP education requirements.
- You may need to show a Professional Status or proof of eligibility for Licensure for your job.
- See Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for these requirements. If you are asked to show this, your application will be held. You do not need to show licensure documents unless asked.
- You must include all documents in your application. If your application will be closed if it is missing documents and your application fee will not be returned.
- Show settlement funds and a settlement plan.
The program criteria can change at any time. See additional information and requirements.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
To apply for this sub-category, you must submit an Expression of Interest. Candidates that are eligible and meet selection criteria will receive an invitation to submit an application. The points scores associated with an Expression of Interest profile will determine the likelihood of receiving an invitation. Those with high scores within the pool of candidates will have a greater chance of being invited to apply.
What are the requirements for the Occupation-In-Demand sub-category?
This sub-category is for skilled workers who have experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations. No job offer in the province is required under this sub-category of International Skilled Worker immigration. It is suited to those who don’t have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly skilled in an in-demand occupation.
To be eligible, you must pay a non-refundable $350 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step in order to submit your application.
You may qualify if:
- You live outside of Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada
- Are not a refugee claimant
- Score a minimum of 60 points out of 110 on the SINP point assessment grid
- Have a language score of at least 4 – Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4
- Some employers may ask for language scores that are higher than CLB 4
- Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to that in Canada
- Have earned a diploma, certificate or degree
- For education outside of Canada, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization (See IRCC’s list of approved organizations)
- Individuals who have completed trades or job training as part of their high school education must instead apply for Saskatchewan licensure (See Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements)
- Have work experience that is high skilled and not on the Excluded Occupation List
- You must have a minimum of one year of full-time (minimum 30 hours per week) paid work experience in a skilled occupation over the past 10 years related to your field of education. Your work experience must be in a high skilled occupation (NOC “0”, “A” or “B”) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan at the time of your application. Please see Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for more information.
- Your work experience must be related to your occupation and education
- See SINP Requirements Related to Professional Status or Licensure for more information
- You may need to provide proof of Professional Status or of eligibility for Licensure
- See Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for more information
- You must include all required documents in your application. Missing documents will result in your incomplete application being returned. Your application fee will not be refunded.
- Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan
To apply for this sub-category, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If you successfully submit an EOI, you will be entered into the EOI pool of eligible candidates. Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP.
What is the Process for Saskatchewan EOI?
Candidates who are interested in being nominated by Saskatchewan for Canadian permanent residence must create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with SINP.
- Submit EOI profile.
- Enter EOI candidate pool.
- EOI candidates selected.
- Invitations to Apply issued via regular draws.
- Candidates submit full application within 60 days.
- SINP officials assess applications and make decision.
Those who complete an Expression of Interest profile automatically receive a score based on a number of criteria. You can find the criteria for the EOI point score in the SINP point assessment grid. SINP uses the EOI system to select the candidates that have the most potential to succeed in the regional labour market.
SINP awards candidates a score out of 100 according to the points assessment grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan. Typically a candidate needs to score a minimum of 60 points on the SINP points assessment grid.
In late 2020, Saskatchewan made changes to its points system to give more EOI points to people who can speak English and French.
Candidates must also demonstrate their capacity to settle into life in Saskatchewan by listing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.
NOTE that in order to be invited by SINP, candidates must submit their Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) to show how their foreign degrees, diplomas, and certificates compare to Canadian credentials.
No job offer is required of candidates who have created SINP Expression of Interest profile in order to receive an invitation from SINP. However, candidates must have at least one year of work experience in an eligible skilled occupation related to their field of study.
SINP and the Federal Express Entry System
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations to candidates who have registered a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
The SINP regularly searches the IRCC’s Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Saskatchewan’s Express Entry immigration streams. The SINP collects individuals from the federal Express Entry Pool to personally invite them to live and work in Saskatchewan.
How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
Candidates who receive a PNP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. This is why candidates with lower CRS scores often seek a PNP nomination because the extra 600 points is more than enough to guarantee an invitation in any Express Entry draw.
The minimum score for an Express Entry PNP draw is typically in the mid 700s and up, compared to other Express Entry program scores which range in the high 400s. This is because PNP candidates automatically get 600 points just for receiving the provincial nomination. This means they need only score in the 100s for core human capital in order to be invited to apply for permanent residency.
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.
A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of other candidates ranked. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks.
Your 600 points from the provincial nomination gives you 50% of the maximum,1200 CRS points available in any Express Entry draw. Virtually all nominated candidates find it easy to acquire the remaining points for a draw’s cut-off score from their core human capital.
IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.