This draw comes only one week after Saskatchewan had announced major changes to its Occupation In-Demand List. The updated list has now expanded to include a total of 218 high skilled occupations at NOC level A, B, or 0. The expansion of the list means many more international workers will become eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
To have qualified for this recent draw, candidates who received an Expression of Interest (EOI) were required to have at least 12 months of work experience in a NOC code of one of the 100 occupations listed. Engineers, financial and investment managers, information service analysts and consultants, computer network technicians, and occupational therapists were among the occupations included.
The September 25th draw was also the largest seen this year, with a total of 769 invitations issued. In comparison, the previous draw held on August 15th issued 150 invitations.
For those with an active Express Entry profile, receiving a nomination through the Express Entry stream will increase a candidate’s CRS score by 600 additional points, pretty much guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next draw.
The Occupation In-Demand demand does not require an Express Entry profile, however candidates will need to show proficiency in either English or French with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of Level 4.
While a minimum of at least one year of full-time work experience is essential for both streams, a job offer is not required to be eligible, making it a great pathway to Canadian permanent residence for highly skilled foreign workers!
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