The Government of Saskatchewan announced that the International Skilled Worker’s Occupations In-Demand sub-category of its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is now open for applications.
This is the first intake period of 2018.
Applications under the International Skilled Worker — Occupations In-Demand sub-category are received on a first-come, first-served basis.
Individuals interested in applying to this sub-category do not require a job offer in order to submit an application.
This sub-category is considered a ‘base’ program, which means it is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.
A successful nomination under this Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Occupations In-Demand sub-category results in a provincial nomination certificate being issued to the applicant.
With a provincial nomination certificate, the applicant and his eligible family members may apply for permanent resident status with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
During the previous intake period, which took place on August 2, 2017, Saskatchewan introduced a new in-demand occupations list of 35 eligible occupations. The August intake opened to 1,200 applicants and filled within one day.
The popular sub-category is expected to fill quickly again, with only 400 new applications being accepted.
Attorney David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Law firm says, “We are happy to see the province of Saskatchewan continue to make use of its Provincial Nominee Program to fill labour market needs and provide a pathway to Canadian Permanent Residence.”
In order be eligible under this sub-category, applicants must:
- Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
- Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;
- Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system (the program of study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate);
- Have at least one-year of paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training, in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list, below);
- Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
- Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
- Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.
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.