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Saskatchewan Immigration Draw Issues 528 Invitations

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On 8 September 2021, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held a draw where 528 eligible immigration candidates received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination. The candidates were in one of two SINP subcategories: Express Entry (316 candidates) and Occupations In-Demand (212 candidates). Both subcategories had minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) scores of 66. There were 16 eligible occupations, which were the same for each subcategory. These included manufacturing managers (NOC code 0911), paramedical occupations (NOC code 3234), and psychologists (NOC code 4151), among others.

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry subcategory is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which handles applications for Canada’s economic class immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class). The SINP is able to choose candidates from the federal Express Entry pool that have the potential to meet the needs of the province’s labour market. To be eligible to receive an invitation from the SINP, all Express Entry candidates interested in Saskatchewan (as well as candidates from the Occupations In-Demand subcategory) had to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile. This requires candidates to submit information such as their work experience, education, and language aptitude, among other factors. This information is then scored and tabulated, and each draw may have a different minimum EOI score. The minimum score for both subcategories in this latest draw was 66.

The Occupations In-Demand subcategory is a base PNP program that is not linked with Express Entry in any way, so candidates do not need to have an Express Entry profile. It is for candidates whose skills are in demand though the candidate may not have a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. All candidates regardless of subcategory are required to have a current Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), which proves that their educational credentials are equivalent to those in Canada. According to the Government of Saskatchewan’s website, the dates and sizes of draws are dependent on the needs of the province’s labour market, the current provincial priorities, and the number of applications processed since the last draw. Draws take place at minimum once every two months.

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