In the April 22 SINP draw, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited 269 Express Entry candidates who desire to settle in the province to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Invited candidates needed a score of at least 70 under the SINP’s Expression of Interest (EOI) points grid.
Occupations In-Demand candidates with skills and experience in one of 61 National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes received 139 invitations. Express Entry candidates with skills and experience in the same NOC codes received 130 invitations.
The eligible in-demand occupations for the April 22 SINP draw are listed on the government webpage. The list includes medical laboratory technicians, miners, social workers, and educational counsellors, among others.
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.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
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.
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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.