The province of Saskatchewan will implement an Expression of Interest system for its popular Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories beginning July 16.
The move toward an Expression of Interest (EOI) System will create a pool of ranked candidates and the highest-ranked will be selected through regular draws. The EOI system will replace the current first-come, first-served approach of occasional openings that favour the quickest to apply.
The new process means the first step toward being considered for either the Express Entry or Occupations In-Demand sub-category will be to create an EOI profile using Saskatchewan’s online application system “OASIS.”
An EOI is not an application to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) but is rather a way for a candidate to make it known that they would like to be considered for either sub-category.
Candidates complete an online form that assesses their eligibility for either sub-category in accordance with their respective selection criteria.
Criteria include education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age and a candidate’s connections to Saskatchewan’s labour market. Candidates must also have work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations.
The SINP’s EOI system will use the same point assessment grid that is currently in effect for the International Skilled Worker category.
Candidates who score at least 60 points out of 100 are entered into the EOI pool and ranked based on their score, and the highest-ranked candidates will be invited to apply through regular invitation rounds.
The SINP says it may limit the selection of EOIs by occupation in order to ensure nominees with "positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and applications do not exceed employment demand.”
Draws will take place on a monthly basis to start, at a minimum, but their frequency will be determined by the needs of its application inventory as will the number of invitations issued in each draw.
The dates of the draws will not be communicated, but the score range and attributes of the candidates selected will be provided on the SINP’s EOI webpage.