Saskatchewan invites Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand candidates at lowest ever points requirement
A total of 438 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to Saskatchewan immigration candidates in the latest Expression of Interest system invitation round that took place on September 27.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) announced that 225 invitations went out to candidates under the program’s Express Entry sub-category and the remaining 213 invitations were issued to candidates in the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
The minimum score for Express Entry candidates was 65 points while the score for Occupations In-Demand candidates was one point higher, at 66.
Two pathways to Canadian permanent residence
After receiving an invitation to apply through either of these sub-categories, candidates can submit a complete provincial nomination application to the Government of Saskatchewan.
With a nomination from the province of Saskatchewan, Express Entry candidates obtain an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, out of a possible 1,200 points, in the federal government’s Express Entry selection system. This means these candidates will be well-positioned to obtain an Invitation to Apply in an upcoming federal draw.
The SINP also invited candidates who did not have a profile in Canada’s Express Entry pool through its Occupation In-Demand sub-category.
After receiving a nomination, Occupation In-Demand candidates can apply directly to the Government of Canada for Canadian permanent residence.
Both of these popular sub-categories have similar eligibility requirements and do not require candidates to have a Canadian job offer in order to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
The Express Entry sub-category is only open to eligible candidates who have already submitted a federal Express Entry profile while the Occupations In-Demand category is open to eligible candidates who have not submitted an Express Entry profile.
This marks the second EOI draw in a week since the SINP issued 140 invitations to candidates under the program’s Occupations In-Demand sub-category on September 21. This sub-category of the SINP prioritizes eligible skilled workers with work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s In-Demand occupations.
Saskatchewan’s EOI System
In July, the SINP replaced its first-come, first-served application process with an EOI system for both of its International Skilled Worker categories.
All eligible candidates are required to score at least 60 points in the SINP’s EOI Points Assessment Grid, which assesses them based on their responses to questions related to work experience, education and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.