On May 25, Saskatchewan issued an invitation to 269 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Candidates who may be eligible for a nomination from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), specifically the International Skilled Worker category, received invitations. Saskatchewan targeted candidates in the Occupations In-Demand sub-category for this invitation round.
In order to be invited, candidates had to have an EOI score of at least 65. This score is five points lower than the one required in the previous round of selection. They also required Educational Credential Assessments to demonstrate that their foreign education was equivalent to the Canadian standard, as well as work experience in one of the 36 in-demand occupations listed on the government website.
The province manages the pool of candidates for two of its Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories using an Expression Of Interest (EOI) system.
The EOI is a "pre-application" process that allows immigration candidates to fill out a form indicating their interest in immigrating to the province.
About the Occupations In-Demand subcategory
The Occupations In-Demand subcategory is a base Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which means it is open to immigrants who do not have an Express Entry profile.
This sub-category is for highly skilled workers who have experience in a high-demand occupation in Saskatchewan but do not yet have a job offer from the province.
Foreign nationals must create an EOI profile through the SINP's online application system in order to apply for Canadian immigration through this subcategory.
The EOI system in Saskatchewan enables the province to select immigration candidates who have the potential to thrive in the prairie province. Candidates' ability to settle in Saskatchewan will be judged based on their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.
The SINP's International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid is then used to assign them a score out of 100. The candidates with the highest scores are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
About the Express Entry sub-category
The Express Entry sub-category is an improved PNP, which means it is linked to the federal Express Entry system.
Express Entry manages the candidate pool for three of Canada's main economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
To be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination, candidates with Express Entry profiles must also create EOI profiles for Saskatchewan.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score at the federal level, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.