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Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker - Express Entry Immigration Category Reopens for 300 New Applications

the CanadaVisa Team - 12 October, 2016

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The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) opened on the morning of October 12 to receive up to 300 additional applications. Through this sub-category, eligible individuals who are already in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) Express Entry pool may apply for a provincial nomination certificate from Saskatchewan. A provincial nomination certificate through this sub-category gives the candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

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

Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker program has three sub-categories: Express Entry,Occupations In-Demand, and Employment Offer. A week before the opening of the Express Entry sub-category, on October 4, the Occupations In-Demand sub-category opened to receive up to 500 applications, and closed shortly after. The Employment Offer sub-category is accepting applications at the time of writing.

Note: As of the afternoon of October 12, the International Skilled Worker — Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is no longer receiving new applications.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SINP's International Skilled Worker - Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:

Points Assessment Grid

Candidates will be assessed points according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability. Candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the Points Assessment Grid in order to be eligible for nomination.

Selection Factors

Selection factorPoints
Education and trainingMaximum 23 points
Skilled work experienceMaximum 15 points
Language abilityMaximum 20 points
AgeMaximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market Maximum 30 points
TotalMaximum 100 points
Pass mark:60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training

The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.

Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Education & TrainingPoints
Master’s or Doctorate degree23
University degree that required at least three years of full-time study20
Trade certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan20
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent15
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent to a trade certificate12

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience

Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant's intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten year period prior to applying.

The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her her intended occupation in order to be eligible.

Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant’s official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to applicationPoints
5 years10
4 years8
3 years6
2 years4
1 year2
Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to applicationPoints
5 years5
4 years4
3 years3
2 years2
1 year0

Factor 3: Language Ability

The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada’s official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.

Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).

Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language abilityPoints
CLB 8 and higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
English or French native speaker without language test results0

Factor 4: Age

The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

Less than 18 years0
18-21 years8
22-34 years12
35-45 years10
46-50 years8
Over 50 years0

Factor 5: Connections to the Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability

The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour MarketPoints

High skilled employment offer

The applicant has a job offer for an occupation classified at NOC level 0, A, B or a designated trade in Saskatchewan


Close relative in Saskatchewan

The applicant or accompanying spouse has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Saskatchewan. Close relatives include:

  • Parents,
  • Siblings,
  • Grandparents,
  • Aunts and uncles,
  • Nieces and nephews,
  • Cousins, and
  • Step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships.

The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed in the Application Guide


Previous work experience in Saskatchewan 

The applicant worked in Saskatchewan for at least twelve cumulative months in the past five years on a valid work permit


Previous student experience in Saskatchewan

The applicant studied at a recognized Saskatchewan education institution for at least one full-time academic year on a valid study permit


SINP In-Demand Occupations List

NOCOccupationSkill LevelMandatory / (compulsory) / certification or licensing

Mandatory certification

0213Computer and Information Systems Managers0No
0423Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services0No
0513Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors0No
0714Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers0No
0821Managers in Agriculture0No
1224Property AdministratorsBNo
1225Purchasing Agents and OfficersBNo
1252Health Information Management OccupationsBNo
2161Mathematicians, Statisticians and ActuariesANo
2171Information Systems Analysts and ConsultantsANo
2221Biological Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2225Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and SpecialistsBNo
2231Civil Engineering Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2232Mechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2244Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and InspectorsBNo
2253Drafting Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2255Technical Occupations in Geomantic and MeteorologyBNo
7253Gas FittersBNo
7312Heavy-duty Equipment MechanicsBNo
7321Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical RepairersBNo
7332Appliance Servicers and RepairersBNo


To find out if you are eligible the SINP, or other Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.

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