Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category reaches intake cap within hours

Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker’s Express Entry sub-category reopened for 400 new applications on June 13. The intake period was filled within hours and closed on the same day.

The Government of Saskatchewan made this announcement following a recent reopening of its International Skilled Worker In Demand subcategory of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

The Express Entry sub-category is for skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan and who are already in the federal Express Entry pool. Saskatchewan’s In-demand Occupations list consists of 36 occupations, 12 of which do not require professional licensure.

A successful nomination under the International Skilled Worker — Express Entry sub-category will result in candidates obtaining 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System and most likely receiving an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence at the next federal draw from the Express Entry pool.

This is the second time the sub-category has opened in 2018. The first time this sub-category reopened this year was on January 10 for 400 applications.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SINP’s International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have been accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry pool and have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
    • The Number and Code must be included in the SINP application.
  • Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in their Express Entry profile;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and which has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate;
  • Have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list below);
    • At least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); OR
    • At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade within the past five years; OR
    • At least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Hold a certificate of qualification (also known as a letter of invitation) in their skilled trade from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission if their work experience is in a skilled trade;
  • Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.