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Saskatchewan Express Entry

Saskatchewan Express Entry is one of the International Skilled Worker streams of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Saskatchewan. Candidates from the federal Express Entry pool who have experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations may submit an Expression of Interest to be considered for the stream.

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Candidates who are successfully nominated through the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence. This stream uses the SINP Points Assessment Grid to rank interested candidates against one another. Only those candidates who have the most competitive profiles will be invited to submit an official application to the program.

Program Requirements

Requirement 
Express Entry ProfileYes
Connection to ProvinceNo
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencySee Express Entry requirements
Level of EducationPost-secondary
1 year
Work ExperienceIn-Demand Occupation List
1 year
Investment RequirementNone

Express Entry Requirement

To be eligible for the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream, applicants must be registered in the federal Express Entry pool. To submit a profile to the pool, applicants must be eligible for at least one of three federal Economic programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker requires candidates to have, at minimum, a high school diploma, as well as at least one year of continuous full-time, skilled work experience. Work experience is considered skilled if obtained in a position at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B. Candidates must also demonstrate language proficiency in English or French consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.
  • Canadian Experience Class has no minimum education requirement. CEC candidates must have a minimum of one year of full-time Canadian skilled work experience. This work experience does not have to be continuous, but it must have been obtained within the three years prior to application. Work experience is considered skilled if obtained in a position at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B. Candidates must also demonstrate language proficiency in English or French consistent with CLB level 7 for work experience obtained at NOC Skill Level 0 or A and CLB 5 for work experience obtained at NOC Skill Level B.
  • Federal Skilled Trades has no minimum education requirement. FST candidates must have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade occupation. Candidates must also have either an offer of employment to work in a skilled trade in Canada or a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority. Candidates must also demonstrate language proficiency in English or French at CLB Level 5 for speaking and listening and CLB 4 for reading and writing.

Level of Education

Candidates must have at least the equivalent of a Canadian one-year post-secondary diploma. They must also have any additional education required to perform the in-demand occupation in which they have experience.

Work Experience

Candidates must have at least one year of experience in an occupation listed on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List. They must have any additional experience or licensing required to perform the in-demand occupation in which they have experience.

Points Assessment Grid

Saskatchewan Express Entry requires that all candidates have scored a minimum of 60 points on the SINP Points Assessment Grid.

Settlement Funds

Candidates must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.

Application Procedure

The Saskatchewan Express Entry stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates who meet the minimum stream requirements can register a profile using the SINP Online portal. Once the profile has been submitted, candidates will be assigned a score and ranked against one another using the SINP Ranking System. The highest ranking candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply during one of the SINP Draws.

After receiving an invitation, a candidate must submit a complete application to Saskatchewan within the designated time limit. Candidates submitting applications for SINP must pay a non-refundable application fee of $350 CAD. If the province approves the application, Saskatchewan will notify the applicant they have been selected for provincial nomination. This notification will be sent to the applicant’s Express Entry profile through their IRCC online account where the applicant will have 30 days to accept the nomination.

After accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s CRS score will increase by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated timeframe. Applications for permanent residence submitted through Express Entry are generally processed within six months.

SINP Points Assessment Grid

The SINP Points Assessment Grid is out of 100 points. In order to be eligible for the program a candidate must score a minimum of 60 points. Please note that candidates will be required to submit supporting documentation with their SINP application demonstrating that they have met the 60 point requirement. This points grid is also used to rank candidates’ Expressions of Interest. Only those candidates with the highest scores will be invited to submit applications to SINP.

If too many candidates have the same score, Saskatchewan reserves the right to apply additional criteria to prioritize the selection of candidates. If candidates have the same score, SINP will prioritize candidates with a connection to Saskatchewan (a relative, past work experience, past education). If there are still too many candidates with the same score SINP will prioritize candidates with more years of work experience and higher language scores.

Overview of Factors

FactorPoints
Factor 1: Labour Market Success
Education and Training23
Skilled Work Experience10
Language Ability20
Age12
Factor 1 Maximum70
Factor 2: Connection to Saskatchewan and Labour Market
Employment Offer Subcategory - Connection to Saskatchewan30
Occupation In-Demand and Saskatchewan Express Entry Subcategories - Connection to Saskatchewan20
Factor 2 Maximum30
Maximum100

Education

Education and TrainingPoints
Master's or Doctorate Degree23
University Bachelor's Degree (minimum 3 year program)20
Trade Certification (equivalent to Saskatchewan journey person and approved by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission)20
Degree, diploma or certificate (minimum 2 year program)15
Degree, diploma or certificate (minimum 1 year program of study, or equivalent to a trade certificate)12
Maximum23

Work Experience

Skilled Work ExperiencePoints
a) in the 5 year period prior to application submission date
5 years10
4 years8
3 years6
2 years4
1 year2
b) in the 6-10 year period prior to application submission date
5 years5
4 years4
3 years3
2 years2
less than 1 year0
Maximum15

Language

Language AbilityPoints
CLB 8 and higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
English or French speaker without language test results0
Maximum20

Age

AgePoints
< 18 years0
18-21 years8
22-34 years12
35-45 years10
46-50 years8
> 50 years0
Maximum12

Connection to Saskatchewan

Connection to SaskatchewanPoints
The following points are for the Employment Offer subcategory only:
High skilled employment offer from a Saskatchewan employer30
The following points are for the Occupation In-Demand and Saskatchewan Express Entry subcategories only
Close family relative in Saskatchewan (must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Includes parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins.)20
Past work experience in Saskatchewan (minimum of 12 months of work within the past 5 years)5
Past student experience in Saskatchewan (minimum of one full-time academic year of study at a recognized Saskatchewan post-secondary education instution)5
Maximum30

SINP In-Demand Occupations List

In order to qualify for Saskatchewan Express Entry, a candidate must have a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in one of the SINP In-Demand Occupations.

SINP In-Demand Occupations

NOC CodeOccupations
0423Managers in social and community services
1311Accounting Technicians
2174Computer Programmers and interactive media developers
2251Architectural technologists and technicians
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3215Medical radiation technologists
3216Medical sonographers
3234Paramedics
4151Psychologists
4212Social and community service workers
4214Early childhood educators
4215Instructors of persons with disabilities
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
6331Meat Cutters
6332Bakers
7292Glaziers
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanics/technicians
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
7322Motor vehicle body repairers

SINP Recent Draws - Saskatchewan Express Entry

The Expression of Interest system for managing the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream was implemented on July 16th, 2018. Below is the history of invitations issued following that date:

DateMinimum ScoreNumber of Invitations IssuedAdditional Selection Criteria Applied?
June 20, 201968268Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.
June 6, 20197584Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.
May 22, 201982104Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.
May 1, 20196781Occupations included in the selection: Managers in social, community and correctional services, Conference and event planners, Medical sonographers, Psychologists, Instructors of persons with disabilities, Butchers and Bakers.

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.
April 17, 201960114Occupations included in the selection: Land Surveyors, Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology, Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners, Appliance servicers and repairers.

Invited Candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.
March 6, 20196770All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
February 27, 20196883All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
January 16, 201963362All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
December 6, 201861211All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
November 23, 201863247All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
November 1, 201860255All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
October 10, 201860359All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
September 27, 201865225All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments
August 21, 201868466All EOIs had Eductional Credential Assessments

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