The decision of opening over 200 high in-demand occupations to the SINP’s Express Entry and Occupation In-demand sub-categories turns to be a major development for the province. In order to get considered for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, there isn’t a mandatory need of Canadian work experience or job offer for the sub-categories.
The only need is to have at least one-year experience in the in-demand skilled occupation list. Earlier week, the SINP made a few changes to its occupation list. The number of eligible in-demand occupations increased from 19 to 218. This is a major throwback for many skilled professionals. The new change has opened doors to launch Expression of Interest (EOI) to many skilled candidates.
The occupations or the professions which are now eligible and available in the high-skilled occupation list include managers, professionals, technical and skilled trades, and IT professionals:
In an interview during the CIC News, McRorie – SINP’s Executive Director stated that the new change in the In-demand occupation list is “a big change for applicants”; “We feel this approach is going to help us attract skilled workers with the skills we need.”
Also, she added more about the Excluded Occupation List as, “Instead of constantly changing the in-demand list, we’re going with the exclusions list, which are occupations that we won’t invite to apply at all. The ones that are eligible, we’ll invite them based on our Occupational Outlook throughout the year,”
“She stated that to view the eligible occupations, interested candidates have to fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) online. Candidates matching the requirements of the in-demand occupation list can only submit their EOI.”
McRorie stated that while determining a candidate for receiving an Invitation to Apply for a nomination from the province, candidate’s EOI score and occupation are the significant factors. There are many occupation-specific invitation rounds held by the SINP this year, and she expects this to be continued.
“Anyone who is in the pool, we see if there is positive employment demand,” “So, there’s an opportunity for an invitation.”
Also, among the 19 selection rounds, six of them were targeted candidates with specific work experience. “When people are applying, we look at labour demand and how many people are invited. If they’re approved, we see them as addressing that labour demand.”
David Cohen, the senior partner of the Campbell – Cohen immigration law firm, stated that “Saskatchewan continues to impress with its willingness to try new approaches to inviting candidates.”
“It’s this kind of innovation that makes Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs so exciting and well-worth paying attention to if you’re considering your immigration options to Canada.”