Saskatchewan Express Entry operates under the International Skilled Worker stream of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
This sub-category allows the province of Saskatchewan to nominate people that are already in the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry pool and have the necessary education, in-demand skilled work experience, language skills, as well as other factors to help them settle successfully and incorporate into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities.
Do I have to qualify for the federal Express Entry Pool?
Because candidates have to be in the federal Express Entry pool, all candidates must be qualified for one of the three federal economic immigration programs:
Federal Skilled Worker
This federal Express Entry Pool stream required candidates to have at least:
- a high school diploma;
- 1 year of continuous full-time, skilled work experience in a job that fits the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B; and
- language skill in English or French at the level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7
Federal Skilled Trades
There are no minimum educational requirements for this Express Entry Pool stream. However, FST applicants must still have at least:
- 2 years of full-time employment experience in a skilled trade occupation;
- a job offer in a skilled trade in Canada OR a qualification certificate in their declared skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority; and
- CLB Level 5 in English or French for speaking and listening, and CLB Level 4 in reading and writing.
Canadian Experience Class
There are no minimum educational requirements for this Express Entry Pool stream. Still, they must at least have:
- one year of full-time Canadian skilled work experience that:
○ does not need to be continuous, but must have been acquired inside the three years before the application; and
○ is from employment in a job that fits in the NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B;
- language ability in either French or English that:
○ is consistent with CLB 7 if the work experience is obtained at NOC Skill Level 0 or A; or
○ CLB 5 if the acquired employment experience is at NOC Skill Level B.
What are the minimum eligibility criteria for the stream itself?
Candidates have to have at least the equivalent of a one-year post-secondary diploma in Canada. They should also have any extra schooling needed to efficiently and effectively perform the in-demand occupation in which they have prior expertise.
Candidates should have one year minimum of continuous work experience in a NOC level 0, A, or B occupation. If the occupation is on the SINP Excluded Occupation List, it will not be eligible.
Points Assessment Grid
All applicants must have a minimum of 60 points on the SINP Points Assessment Grid to be eligible for Saskatchewan Express Entry.
Applicants must satisfy Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s settlement funds criterion (IRCC). This might be proven by their own funds or by retaining a genuine job offer.
How do I start my application?
The Saskatchewan Express Entry program uses an Expression of Interest (EOI) process. Candidates who match the basic stream criteria can create an account on the SINP Online platform.
After submitting their profiles, applicants will be granted a score and rated against each other via the SINP Ranking System. During one of the SINP Draws, the top-ranked applicants will be offered an Invitation to Apply.
A candidate is required to submit a comprehensive application to Saskatchewan within the time frame specified after they receive their invitation. Candidates applying for SINP need to pay a $350 CAD non-refundable application fee.
If the application is approved by the province, Saskatchewan will inform the applicant that they have been chosen for provincial nomination. This notification is sent to the applicant’s Express Entry profile via their IRCC online account, giving the applicant 30 days to take the nomination.
After accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s CRS score will rise by 600 points, almost assuring them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.
Following the receipt of an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit a formal application for Canadian permanent residence within the timeframe specified. Express Entry applications for permanent residency are typically processed within six months.
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