Saskatchewan Express Entry Category Opens for 600 New Applications
For the first time in over three months, Saskatchewan has reopened its popular International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Up to 600 new applications will be accepted during this intake. In reopening this sub-category, Saskatchewan offers eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry pool a way of obtaining an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.
A nomination certificate through this sub-category gives the candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and that candidate will then be in line for selection at a subsequent draw from the pool.
The SINP targets prospective immigrants with the skills and experience needed to respond to Saskatchewan’s labour market needs. As candidates for the Express Entry sub-category must be in the Express Entry pool, all candidates must be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or the Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates should note that there has been a slight change in the list of eligible occupations for this sub-category. Whereas previously there were 21 occupations listed, the province has updated the list and four occupations are no longer listed. The current list includes 17 occupations.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for the SINP’s International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:
- Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
- Have been accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry pool and have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
- The Number and Code must be included in the SINP application.
- Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in their Express Entry profile;
- Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and which has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate;
- Have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list below);
- At least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); OR
- At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade within the past five years; OR
- At least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
- Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
- Hold a certificate of qualification (also known as a letter of invitation) in their skilled trade from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission if their work experience is in a skilled trade;
- Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
- Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.