Saskatchewan has opened its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category to 400 new applications.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) announced the opening on Wednesday, June 13, and said the first come, first-served sub-category will remain open until the application threshold of 400 is met.
Applicants who receive a provincial nomination under this Express Entry sub-category receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, leaving them well-positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the next draw from the Express Entry pool.
The SINP said only complete applications with all required documents will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be returned without refund of the application fee, it added.
Second opening of SINP’s Express Entry sub-category in 2018
This is the second time in 2018 that this popular SINP sub-category has opened to applications. The previous opening occurred on January 10, also to 400 applications. The intake quota in that case was reached within only a few hours of opening.
Over the course of 2017, this sub-category opened five times to a total of 3,200 applicants.
The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category does not require a job offer or a connection to Saskatchewan but rather enables the SINP to nominate individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Express Entry pool.
Eligible candidates must possess the necessary education, skilled work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s 36 in-demand occupations, language ability, and other factors to help them settle successfully in Saskatchewan.
This latest opening of Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category follows last week’s opening of the SINP’s International Skilled Worker — Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
In order to apply under this category, candidates must first submit a profile to the Express Entry pool.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for the SINP’s International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:
- Have proof of legal status, only if he or she is currently residing in Canada; (It is important to note, however, that candidates do not need to be residing in Canada to be eligible for this sub-category)
- Have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
- Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.
- Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in the Express Entry profile;
- Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and which has resulted in a degree, diploma, or certificate;
- Have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) in one of Saskatchewan’s 36 in-demand occupations (See in-demand occupations list below);
- Have at least one of the following in the field of education or training occupation:
- One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades),
- Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
- Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
- Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing; and
- Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan.
Saskatchewan has a list of 36 eligible in-demand occupations. Of the 36 occupations, 12 do not require any professional licensure. An eligible individual with work experience in one of these occupations may apply to the SINP and receive a nomination certificate without ever applying for or obtaining any professional licensure.
No license required
|0423||Managers in social, community and correctional services|
|1112||Financial and investment analysts|
|2212||Geological and mineral technologists and technicians|
|2121||Biologists and related scientists|
|2123||Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists|
|2225||Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|0811||Managers in natural resources production and fishing|
|0821||Managers in agriculture|
Professional license required
Saskatchewan requires certain applicants to apply for professional licensure in order for the immigration application to be processed successfully. In many cases, this process may be completed from outside Canada.
One noteworthy change is to the licensure requirements for Software engineers and designers, which previously had the same licensure pathway. However, under the new list, these occupations have different pathways.