For Express Entry Applicants, Saskatchewan Conducts its First Expression of Interest Draw

Posted on August 29, 2018

The Saskatchewan Province has issued its First invitations to Express Entry (EE) applicants under the new Expression of Interest system, which was introduced in the month of July. That’s not all; it also updated it’s in Demand Occupation List in the process.

Under Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)’s Express Entry Sub-category, the first draw was conducted and about 466 invitations were issued, to apply for provincial nomination. The candidates who got the score as low as 68 were invited.

The SINP, in its update, stated that all Expressions of Interest selected candidates had Educational Credential Assessment done, thus it becomes easier for them, evaluate the academic credentials.

All Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan get additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

For a candidate, to be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry Sub-category, the EE applicants should register an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the SINP. These applicants are assigned a ranking score out of 100 depending on their answers to questions concerning work experience, proficiency in English or French and education among other varied factors.

Revised in-Demand Occupations

The SINP has made an announcement that it has revised the in-Demand Occupations List so that nominees having positive employment prospects in the above are selected and at the same time, ensure nominations do not exceed employment demand.

For SINP’s Express Entry as well as Occupations in Demand Sub-categories, the in Demand Occupations List applies.

In Saskatchewan’s updated in-Demand Occupations List, nearing to 22 in-demand occupations exist, out of which three occupations do not require the candidates to acquire a certain specific professional license. For the rest 19 occupations, the Saskatchewan government has specified that candidates must have a professional license from the relevant organizations.

Some of the occupations previously listed were withdrawn from the SINP in-demand list of occupations. At different time, the SINP has only expanded but also contracted its eligible occupation list depending on two factors, applications received and labor market demand.

EOI system aims “strong economic outcomes” from selected candidates

By switching to an EOI system by the Saskatchewan province will now enable the SINP to better target those candidates who are most likely to succeed in the above province labor market. The goal of the EOI system is to ensure there are strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in the Saskatchewan province to all who are invited to apply.

As per the SINP, the size as well as frequency of EOI selections would be determined by its application inventory needs. At a minimum, on monthly basis, draws will take place and dates of selections will not be posted.

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