Saskatchewan invites 541 candidates in new PNP draw

This was the largest number of invitations given so far this year by the province in a single day.

New drawings via the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories of Saskatchewan culminated in 541 invitations to apply for a permanent residence provincial nomination.

The new invitations were released on February 11, 2021, by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Candidate Program (SINP).

Via the Express Entry sub-category, a total of 344 candidates were invited, and the remaining 197 invitations were given to candidates for occupations in demand.

The SINP allows Saskatchewan to appoint applicants for immigration with the skills needed in the labor market of the province.

There were Educational Certification Tests for invited applicants. They also required an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 72 under the SINP’s EOI points grid. This score is based on factors such as age, schooling, job experience, English or French proficiency and Saskatchewan ties, among others.

If they had work experience in one of 89 qualifying professions, applicants were invited. Corporate sales managers, data scientists, electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians, advertisement and marketing managers, among others, are some examples of qualifying occupations.

About the Occupations In-Demand sub-category

A key Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, meaning it is available to immigration applicants who do not have a federal Express Entry profile.

This sub-category refers to highly trained employees with in-demand occupation experience in Saskatchewan, who do not yet have a job offer in the province.

In order to apply for Canadian immigration under this sub-category, foreign nationals need to build an EOI profile through the SINP’s online application system.

The EOI system of Saskatchewan enables the province to pick applicants for immigration who have the ability to succeed in the province of the prairie. Candidates will be judged on how they show their ability to settle into life in Saskatchewan through their job experience, schooling, language ability, age, and ties to the province.

They are then given a score out of 100 based on the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid.

Then an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence is given to the highest-scoring candidates.

About the Express Entry sub-category

An improved PNP is the Express Entry sub-category, meaning it is connected to the federal Express Entry scheme.

Express Entry handles the pool of applicants for three large immigrant services in Canada: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

In order to be eligible 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 qualify for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are given an additional 600 points at the federal level for their Detailed Ranking System score and an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada is effectively guaranteed.

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