Saskatchewan holds its largest draw since the coronavirus pandemic caused Canada to restrict travel in March.
Another 502 immigration candidates are one step closer to permanent residence after Saskatchewan held an invitation round on July 29.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.
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 July 29 draws was 70 for both sub-categories.
Express Entry sub-category
In the latest invitation round, Saskatchewan issued 254 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 70 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 (CRS) 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 248 Occupations In-Demand candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination, and like the Express Entry sub-category, candidates needed a provincial score of 70 in order to be chosen.
To see the complete list of the 43 occupations included in this draw, go to the government webpage.