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The International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand stream for Canadian immigration to Saskatchewan has reached its application intake threshold for the most recent application cycle, which opened last week.

The stream, a sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), accepted a total of 1,000 applications during this application intake cycle from applicants with experience in one of 57 eligible occupations, many of which are trades occupations. The SINP targets newcomers who have the education, skilled work experience, language ability and other factors to help themselves establish and integrate successfully into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities.

Eligible applicants to the SINP International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand stream did not necessarily require a job offer in order to make an application. Applicants had to obtain at least 60 points under a points grid, with up to 30 points available for a candidate’s connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability factors.

This sub-category had previously opened in January, 2015, but the intake threshold filled within days, showing how popular Saskatchewan is among candidates for Canadian immigration. The Prairie province has had the lowest unemployment rate of any Canadian province or territory for each of the past 22 months.

The fact that the stream has so far had two application intake periods this year has lead many interested candidates to prepare in advance, as the SINP typically doesn’t not give much, if any, advance notice that one of its Canadian immigration streams is reopening. A large number of international skilled workers first heard about this sub-category of the SINP on CICnews.com, which published an article last week covering news of this stream having reopened. Click here to read that article.