In the first Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) draw of 2021 held on January 7, a total of 385 candidates received invitations to apply for provincial nomination. The invited candidates belonged to the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand subcategories of the International Skilled Worker category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. While candidates under the Express Entry sub-category received 148 invitations, those under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category received 237 invitations. The minimum required provincial score to receive an invitation in the draw, irrespective of the category, was 71. The candidates were also required to have done Educational Credential Assessments and have work experience in one of the 79 in-demand occupations.
SINP Expression of Interest system
To receive an invitation under either the Express Entry or the Occupations In Demand subcategory of SINP, a candidate must first submit an Expression of Interest to the SINP. In the EoI, the candidates must demonstrate their willingness to settle in Saskatchewan and provide details about various eligibility factors such as age, education, language ability and previous connections to the province. Extra points are also awarded to candidates who can speak both English and French. Each candidate is assessed on the basis of these factors and awarded a score out of 100. The candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.
SINP Express Entry
The Express Entry subcategory of SINP is for candidates who have an Express Entry profile. The Express Entry system of Canada manages applications for immigration under the three major federal economic immigration programs, which are Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. The Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan, will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points added to their total CRS score and that guarantees them an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
SINP Occupations In-Demand
Those candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile may apply under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category of SINP. This sub-category targets candidates who have work experience in the occupations that have labour shortages in Saskatchewan.