Saskatchewan PNP invites 533 immigration candidates

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Saskatchewan held its biggest PNP draw since February on August 14.

Another 553 Canadian-immigration hopefuls have received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held its latest invitation round on August 14. Candidates were invited from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand. The number of invitations fell short of being the biggest draw of the year, which was 646 invitations on February 13. However, it is the biggest draw since February 27, which issued 576 invitations, and therefore the biggest draw since the coronavirus lockdown in March.

In order to be invited in this draw, candidates from both sub-categories needed to have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP.

The SINP uses the EOI system to select the candidates that have the most potential to thrive in the prairie province. Candidates need to demonstrate their commitment to building a life in Saskatchewan by showcasing their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.

The SINP uses these five factors to assess candidates and give them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

The minimum score required in the August 14 draws was 69 for both sub-categories.

Express Entry sub-category

In the latest invitation round, Saskatchewan issued 286 invitations to candidates who had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

The federal Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

If candidates in the federal Express Entry pool also filled out an EOI for Saskatchewan, and they scored 69 on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid they may have been invited in the latest draw.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score. This award effectively guarantees that they will be invited to apply for permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

Occupations In-Demand sub-category

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is open to immigration candidates who do not have a federal Express Entry profile.

There were 247 Occupations In-Demand candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination, and like the Express Entry sub-category, candidates needed a provincial score of 69 in order to be chosen.

To see the complete list of the 46 occupations included in this draw, go to the government webpage.

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