Saskatchewan sends provincial nominations to nearly 1000 skilled workers
In its largest draw yet, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) sent provincial nomination invitations to 986 candidates on October 17. The candidates from this draw were selected from the federal Express Entry pool. However, the SINP usually does select from the Occupations In-Demand immigration stream as well. Those selected had a profile created with the SINP in addition to their Express Entry profiles.
The SINP ranks Express Entry applicants through an Expression of Interest (EOI) points system. The EOI method is similar to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used by Express Entry. The EOI system awards points based on the candidate’s Saskatchewan connections, work history, educational experience, language proficiency, etc. However, its main difference from CRS is that EOI ranks candidates out of 100 points. Incidentally, the minimum ranking for this draw was 67 points.
Occupations for the Saskatchewan Labour Market
Those who apply for the nominee program through Express Entry do not require a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. However, they do need to have previous work experience in an occupation they studied for. The occupation must also be an eligible one that is in-demand for Saskatchewan’s labour market. Incidentally, there are now more than 200 of these eligible occupations available for prospective Saskatchewan immigrants. The latest batch of candidates had experience in one of twelve in-demand occupations specified by the province for this draw.
The occupations that were the focus of this draw were:
- Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
- Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
- Construction managers
- Early childhood educators and assistants
- Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- Information systems analysts and consultants
- Managers in agriculture
- Financial officers
- Retail and wholesale trade managers
- Restaurant and foodservice managers
- Social and community service workers
- Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
The 986 candidates will be given invitations to apply for provincial nominations. What’s more, if their applications are successful, they will each receive 600 points to add their Express Entry profiles. These 600 points (for their CRS scores) will bring them to the top of the federal Express Entry draw. From there, the likelihood that they would be selected for Canadian permanent residence in a future federal draw is practically guaranteed.