July 6, 2015
Saskatchewan: Adding Express Entry Candidates to its Imports
Although the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (“SINP”) announced a new International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category (“Saskatchewan EE category”) in January of this year, SINP has only recently started accepting applications under this category. A summary of the new program is below.
The Saskatchewan EE category is open to skilled workers who wish to live and work in Saskatchewan, regardless of their location: in Canada or outside of Canada.
How it works
Step One: Register for Express Entry
If you qualify for one of two Citizenship and Immigration (“CIC”) economic immigration programs, Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you must first create an online EE profile.
Step Two: Apply online to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for nomination.
The SINP reviews your application, and determines if you meet the eligibility criteria. You must have the following:
- Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid
- Provide valid language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level you declared in your Express Entry profile
- Completed a minimum of one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate (that is verifiable).
- Proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.
- Minimum level of work experience related to your field of education or training. The work experience must be in a high skilled occupation (NOC “0”, “A”, or “B”) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan:
- 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 in the past five years; OR
- At least 12 months of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
Note that if your occupation requires a license or certification from the Province of Saskatchewan, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure before you apply to the SINP.
If your application is approved, the SINP will enter the details of your nomination into CIC’s Express Entry system and send a nomination letter to you explaining the next steps.
Step Three: Accept Saskatchewan PNP nomination and apply for Permanent Residence
If your application is approved by Saskatchewan PNP, a letter will be sent to your MyCIC account notifying you of your nomination certificate and you will have 30 days to accept it. This nomination will provide you with an additional 600 CRS points which will significantly increase your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from CIC on the next draw. Upon receipt of your ITA, you will have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence through CIC.
Saskatchewan’s allocation of nominations under the Saskatchewan EE category for the 2015 year has been set at 1000.
For more information on Express Entry, please click here.