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Canada’s Immigration Programs

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The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held a draw on 24 March 2021, inviting a total of 418 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. All the candidates were from the International Skilled Worker category. 183 of those were in the Express Entry subcategory, and the remaining 235 were in the Occupations In-Demand subcategory. All 418 candidates had completed Expressions of Interest (EOIs), which are scored according to factors such as age, work experience, and education. A score of 60 is needed to apply, and those who received invitations on 24 March 2021 had a score of at least 70. More specifically, the invited candidates had work experience in one or more of 78 targeted occupations, considered in-demand by Saskatchewan. These include welders, health policy researchers, and business management consultants, among others.

Those in the Express Entry subcategory all had active profiles with the federal Express Entry program. However, the Occupations In-Demand category does not require a federal Express Entry profile. All Occupations In-Demand candidates’ education credentials were subject (if required) to an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization. They also require a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 4 out of 12, among other criteria.

The Express Entry subcategory in Saskatchewan is linked with the federal Express Entry program. The federal program manages candidates in three economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker program, the Federal Skilled Trades program, and the Canadian Experience Class. If chosen in a draw by a provincial nomination program, candidates can add 600 points toward their federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) total, which all but guarantees them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

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