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New Saskatchewan PNP Draw Invites 496 Candidates for Immigration

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On 19 August 2021, The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued invitations to 496 candidates following a draw for two of its immigration categories: Express Entry (161 candidates) and Occupations in Demand (335 candidates). There were different eligible occupations for each category, and a different number of eligible occupations as well. There were 43 eligible occupations for Express Entry candidates, and 61 in the draw for Occupations in Demand candidates. A complete list is available on this site.

The SINP uses an Expression of Interest (EOI) application system, where candidates input information about themselves, such as their work experience, language aptitude, and any connections to Saskatchewan. This information is then given a score, and candidates chosen in a draw must meet or exceed the minimum EOI score. The minimum score for the Occupations in Demand category was 70, and for the Express Entry category it was 71. Candidates for both categories must also complete an Educational Credential Assessment, where a designated organization compares the candidate’s education to its Canadian equivalent.

Occupations in Demand is for candidates who have in-demand skills and work experience but do not necessarily have a job offer in Saskatchewan. It is a base PNP program that is for candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile in the federal system. Express Entry candidates need to have a profile in the federal system (which manages the applications for the three high-skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class). Candidates chosen by the SINP from the federal pool would have indicated an interest in settling in Saskatchewan specifically or in any Canadian province.

According to the province’s website, the SINP places limits on the selection of EOIs by occupation so employment demand is not exceeded by nominations. The needs of the province’s labour market and economic priorities drive the selection of candidates through means such as the size of a draw and the frequency of draws. At minimum a draw takes place once every two months.

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