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Posted on March 05 2020

Saskatchewan to do away with the annual immigration cap

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Updated May 10 2023
Saskatchewan to do away with the annual immigration cap

Saskatchewan has decided to do away with the annual immigration cap through the SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program). The news follows Saskatchewan’s transition to an EOI system for its Occupations In-demand and Express Entry categories.

Earlier, Saskatchewan would publish the number of Visa places available annually. The province would also update the number of Visa places left regularly.

The annual immigration cap was in place for the below categories:

  • International Skilled Workers with a job offer from Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan experience
  • Existing Work Visa holders and Health professionals
  • Students
  • Hospitality workers
  • Truck drivers (long-haul)
  • Entrepreneur Farm owner

The SINP website states that from 3rd March 2020, Saskatchewan would no longer use an application intake threshold.

Saskatchewan has already issued 545 invitation so far in 2020. The 7th January draw invited 42 candidates under the Entrepreneur stream.

Saskatchewan also significantly expanded its eligible occupation list from 19 to 218 last year.

Process for Saskatchewan Expression of Interest

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest profile
  2. The candidate is placed in the Saskatchewan EOI pool
  3. Saskatchewan selects EOI candidates
  4. Invites are sent out through regular draws
  5. Invited candidates submit a completed application within 60 days
  6. SINP reviews the applications and makes a decision

Requirements for the Saskatchewan Occupations In-demand category

  • Eligible candidates need to score a minimum of 60 points on the Saskatchewan points grid
  • Must have a language score of at least CLB 4. However, regulatory bodies and employers may ask for a higher score.
  • Should have earned a degree, diploma or certificate. An Educational Credential Assessment is mandatory for Degrees and Diplomas earned outside of Canada.
  • Must have one year of work experience in the recent ten years in an eligible occupation
  • For licensed occupations, you must obtain the necessary licensure required in Saskatchewan
  • Have sufficient settlement funds and submit a settlement plan
  • Pay an application fee of $300 online (non-refundable)

Requirements for the Saskatchewan Express Entry category

  • Eligible candidates must have an active profile in the Federal Express Entry Pool
  • Must score a minimum of 60 points on the Saskatchewan points grid
  • Must have a language score to qualify as per the Federal Express Entry Program
  • Must have a degree, diploma or certificate. An ECA is required for degrees and diplomas earned outside of Canada.
  • Skilled professionals must have at least one year of work experience related to their education in the last ten years. Trade professionals should have two years of work experience in a skilled trade in the recent five years. Trades and non-trades professionals can also qualify if they have one year of Canadian work experience in the recent three years.
  • You must have work experience in an eligible occupation on the Saskatchewan In-demand occupations list
  • Obtain suitable licensure in Saskatchewan for licensed occupations. Skilled trades professionals need to obtain a certificate from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.
  • Have sufficient settlement funds and submit a settlement plan
  • Pay an application fee of $300 online (non-refundable)

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