Everything You need to Know about Saskatchewan Express Entry

October 26, 2020 |

Candidates in Canada’s Express Entry pool who wish to live and work in Saskatchewan may find a route to provincial nomination and Canadian permanent residency through the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

Saskatchewan Express Entry targets skilled workers who have recent work experience in high skilled occupations that is not on the SINP Excluded Occupations List below. A job offer is not required. Successful applicants to this sub-category receive 600 points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This effectively guarantees an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent resident status in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Important change: In late 2019, Saskatchewan changed the eligibility requirements for the Canada Express Entry sub-category. Previously, candidates had to have work experience in an occupation listed on Saskatchewan’s in-demand list. Now, candidates must have work experience in a high-skilled occupation that is not listed on Saskatchewan’s Excluded Occupations List.

Saskatchewan considers high-skilled work experience to be any work experience obtained at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B.

Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category operates with the SINP Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Similar to Express Entry, candidates must first submit an EOI which is ranked using a points system. Then, invitations are periodically issued to the highest ranked candidates.

Saskatchewan Express Entry: Eligibility

In order to be eligible the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, potential candidates need at least one year of high-skilled work experience in the past 10 years in their field of education or training and in an occupation at NOC level 0, A, or B. That work experience must have been obtained in an occupation that is not on the SINP Excluded Occupations List:

In addition, potential applicants must also:

  • Be in the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry pool;
  • Score at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Provide valid language test results from a designated agency, which must match the results you declare in your Express Entry profile;
  • Have a diploma, certificate, or degree from a post-secondary study or training program, or an apprenticeship, of at least one year in length. This qualification must be comparable to the Canadian education system, and if you obtained it outside of Canada you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization;
  • Have work experience in your field of education or training, either as:
    1. One year work experience in the last 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); and/or,
    2. Two years’ work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; and/or,
    3. Twelve months’ work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades);
  • Show proof of Professional Status or Licensure (for regulated occupations or those with professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan) if required for your occupation (up-to-date certification standards can be downloaded from Saskatchewan’s website); and
  • Demonstrate settlement funds and a settlement plan.
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