Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

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.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

Saskatchewan draws 769 immigration candidates from Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand 

In a draw on September 25 that yielded 769 selections, Saskatchewan sent invitations to apply for provincial nominations to Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates. 

If successful, the provincial nominations will get the candidates 600 points added to their federal Express Entry profiles. Such high reaching scores will put the applicants extremely high on the list for a federal draw, and all but guarantees an opportunity at Canadian permanent residence.  

Several weeks ago, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) expanded their list of in-demand high-skilled occupations. This list is used by the provincial Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand programs to select the most qualified immigration candidates. The list formerly only had 19 positions, but it now encompasses 218 occupations.

In this draw, 404 of the invitation were sent through Express Entry, while the remaining 365 were from the Occupations in Demand stream. According to the SINP, those chosen this round have experiences that span across more than 100 occupations. Their expertise ranged from professions like chemical engineers to psychologists. 

To qualify, applicants needed to have at least one year of experience in an occupation from the list. However, they did not require a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program 

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry program is now slightly different from the federal version in how it ranks the candidates for the draws. SINP requires its applicants to register through the Expression of Interests (EOI) System, and they are given a score out of 100 based on how well they meet the system’s credentials. However, the criteria are very similar to Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System score. Both systems give points based on the applicants English or French language proficiency, skilled work experience, and educational background.

The draw on September 25 had separate minimum score requirements for both streams. The Express Entry required an EOI score of at least 70 for its candidates, while the Occupation In-Demand applicants needed a minimum score of 79.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

Over 200 jobs added to Saskatchewan in-demand occupations list

More than 200 jobs may be added to the in-demand occupations list of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). This list is connected to several provincial immigration streams, such as the In-Demand Occupations and Express Entry sub-categories of the SINP. These streams require applicants to have had experience working in any of the high-skilled occupations specified in the provided list.

The SINP has recently released a list of 130 occupations that will be excluded from their in-demand occupations list. However, this means that the other 216 occupations are now available for the program.

Each Provincial Immigrant Nominee Program has their own list of in-demand occupations. These lists prioritizes any jobs that the respective province needs to fill because of gaps in the labour market. In April of this year, the Saskatchewan in-demand occupations list included jobs such as mechanical engineers, plumbers, architects, and computer programmers. Jobs on the newly-updated exclusions list include primary and secondary school teachers, optometrists, and pharmacists. 

These lists mainly apply to the SINP’s Express Entry and the In-Demand Occupations immigration streams. Both of these streams can be used by immigration candidates who do not have job offers or previous experience working in Canada.  

The In-Demand Occupations stream looks at applicants with a profile in Saskatchewan’s Expression of Interest system. They contact those with experience in one of the provinces in-demand jobs, and invite them to apply for permanent residence. However, this process does generally take longer than the Express Entry method.

The Saskatchewan Express Entry stream looks at those with profiles in the federal Express Entry pool. The candidates they select are given 600 points towards their Express Entry scores. This in return greatly increases their odds of being picked in the federal Express Entry draws and receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

Saskatchewan Entrepreneur EOI

Saskatchewan releases schedule for Entrepreneur EOI draws – Saskatchewan EOI

September 19 and November 21, 2018 are the dates that have been announced by Saskatchewan for the next two Expression of Interest draws for entrepreneurs. Foreign entrepreneurs interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan through its Entrepreneur sub-category have to register in the SINP’s online application system and complete an EOI profile.


Applicants applying through the entrepreneur category are required to take on an active management role in the business. Candidates are assessed on the EOI points grid and awarded scores.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have CAD $500,000 at minimum in Net Business and Personal Assets;
  • have a minimum of three years of relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience gained in the past ten years; and,
  • intend to invest a minimum of CAD $300,000 in Regina and Saskatoon or a minimum of CAD $200,000 in all other Saskatchewan communities


Apart from the rankings candidates are also assessed based on the province’s nomination targets. Those approved are given a support certificate and have to apply for a work permit


Candidates approved by Saskatchewan will be able to apply to the Government of Canada for a temporary work permit.


Candidates who complete the terms of their Business Performance Agreement (BPA) and operate their business for at least six months can then apply to Saskatchewan for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.


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No minimum CRS threshold for Saskatchewan’s new Expression of Interest system linked to federal Express Entry

The Saskatchewan EOI Immigrant Nominee Program’s new Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories has opened.


Before this new system came into operation, Saskatchewan had a first-come, first-served model that was used for these two International Skilled Worker sub-categories. The doors used to be shut to the many qualified applicants who couldn’t get their applications in on time.


This new system allows for the Saskatchewan province to select eligible immigration candidates already in the Federal Express Entry pool and invite them for a provincial nomination. Skilled workers who possess the specified amount of work experience in one of the provinces’ in demand occupations sub category may become eligible to receive the Provincial nomination.


The province feels that the change-over to the new EOI system will allow the SINP to target those immigrants who are most likely to find success in the Saskatchewan labour market. As the SINP says on the webpage outlining the new system, “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”


Candidates who score at least 60 points on the assessment grid and satisfy other eligibility requirements enter the Saskatchewan pool of candidates for either the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-category and those selected are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.


This new system follows other Canadian provinces that are using the merit-based EOI approach to select immigration candidates. The federal government’s Express Entry system also replaced a first come first served model in 2015 and now highest-ranked candidates are selected to apply for Permanent Residence based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).


Saskatchewan’s EOI system will also give more people an opportunity to compete for a provincial nomination through these sub-categories. These are among the few in Canada that do not require a job offer to be considered for nomination.


With this move to regularize draws instead of occasional openings, it will no longer about the lucky few who were quick enough to apply and the focus will be on skilled immigrants required by the labour market of the province.


This could also be good news for interested Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores. Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category does not have a minimum CRS score requirement, so anyone eligible for the Express Entry pool can submit an Expression of Interest. A provincial nomination is worth an additional 600 CRS points, which essentially guarantees an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to all Express Entry candidates who receive one, regardless of their initial CRS score


Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

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Saskatchewan opens to International Skilled Worker- Express Entry

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has reopened Express Entry Skilled Workers to around 500 new applications. Candidates must first make their profile on the Federal Express Entry system.  Only then can they apply to the SINP, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Programme.


All applications received under the SINP are processed on a first come, first served basis. The SINP is an Express Entry aligned sub-category. As has been previously observed this category can be filled within a matter of hours.


The SINP does not require candidates to have a job offer but a minimum level of Candidates do not require a job offer to apply to the Express Entry sub-category. However, a minimum level of work experience related to their field of study or training in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) on the SINP’s In-Demand Occupation list is required. The SINP’s list of occupations has recently been updated to 33 in-demand occupations.


The SINP has opened for a third time in this year to the Express Entry sub-category. In the previous two intakes the maximum applications accepted were 400 but in this third round, 500 applications are to be accepted.


Candidates who successfully obtain a provincial nomination under the Express Entry sub-category will be awarded an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).