A long,straight road in Saskatchewan, Canada

The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reached its intake quota of 600 new applications for the most recent application intake cycle, which began on May 16. This intake cycle was the longest for some time, as the sub-category has often reached its intake within a couple of days, or even shorter, on previous occasions.

The fact that the list of in-demand occupations was amended for the most recent cycle may have played a part in the additional time it took for the sub-category to reach its intake quota this time around. Whereas previously there were 21 occupations listed, the current list includes 17 occupations

Because this sub-category is aligned with the federal Express Entry selection system, a nomination certificate gives the candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and that candidate will then be in line for selection at a subsequent draw from the pool.

The SINP targets prospective immigrants with the skills and experience needed to respond to Saskatchewan’s labour market needs. As candidates for the Express Entry sub-category must be in the Express Entry pool, all candidates must be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled WorkerFederal Skilled Trades, or the Canadian Experience Class.

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.

SINP In-Demand Occupations List for Express Entry sub-category

NOC Occupation Skill Level Mandatory / (compulsory) / certification or licensing

Mandatory certification

0423 Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services 0 No
0513 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors 0 No
0714 Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers 0 No
0821 Managers in Agriculture 0 No
1252 Health Information Management Occupations B No
2161 Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries A No
2221 Biological Technologists and Technicians B No
2225 Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists B No
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians B No
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians B No
2244 Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors B No
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians B No
2255 Technical Occupations in Geomantic and Meteorology B No
7253 Gas Fitters B No
7312 Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics B No
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers B No
7332 Appliance Servicers and Repairers B No


To find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, the first step to immigrating to Canada through the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category, please fill out a
 free online assessment today.

If you have a valid Express Entry profile and work experience in an opportunity occupation listed above, please contact sinp@canadavisa.com to learn more about the next steps.