the CanadaVisa Team - 21 June, 2016
A popular Canadian immigration option in Saskatchewan has reopened for new applications.
The International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) — one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) — allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which is then followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Interestingly, applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.
Until recently, the government of Saskatchewan’s website read that this sub-category had accepted the maximum number of applications for 2016. However, the fact that this sub-category is now open for new applications suggests that application intake quotas can change at any time. At the time of writing, a total 600 applications may be accepted under this SINP sub-category. It is expected that this intake quota will be filled quickly.
Among other eligibility requirements, applicants must be highly-skilled in an in-demand occupation in the province. The current list contains 21 occupations across a range of industries, notably in engineering, trades, agriculture, health care, and IT. A full list of in-demand occupations may be found below.
In order to be eligible under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, applicants must:
To review the points assessment grid, click here.
This SINP sub-category is a ‘base’ sub-category, meaning that it is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. It is entirely plausible that individuals who are not eligible for Express Entry (for example, because of language ability) may be eligible for this SINP sub-category. Moreover, candidates in the Express Entry pool — but who have so far been unsuccessful at obtaining enough points under the Comprehensive Ranking System to obtain an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence — may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through this sub-category.
The table below represents the current list of in-demand occupations for the SINP International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
|NOC||Occupation||Skill Level||Mandatory certification|
|0213||Computer and Information Systems Managers||0||No|
|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|
|1225||Purchasing Agents and Officers||B||No|
|1252||Health Information Management Occupations||B||No|
|2161||Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries||A||No|
|2171||Information Systems Analysts and Consultants||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|
|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|