After British Columbia, Saskatchewan held its first PNP draw of 2021 on January 7, inviting eligible immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence (PR).
All the candidates have been invited under the ‘enhanced’ Express Entry & ‘base’ Occupations In-Demand Saskatchewan PNP streams.
‘Enhanced’ Express Entry Stream: Out of the total 385 invitations, 148 invitations went to candidates who already had their profiles in the federal Express Entry pool. Currently, the province has a list of 79 in-demand occupations.
The federal Express Entry pool is a database of interested applicants willing to obtain permanent residence in Canada. Originally, the federal pool of candidates manage three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
However, certain streams under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) can select candidates from the pool.
‘Base’ Occupations In-Demand Stream: Out of the total 385 invitations, 237 invitations went to candidates who have specific work skills that are in-demand in Saskatchewan.
Those candidates who barely qualify to register a federal Express Entry profile may be nominated under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
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How To Get Nominated In Future Saskatchewan PNP Draws?
In order to be considered for nominations under the upcoming Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) draws, candidates must register their Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the provincial authority.
Candidates need to demonstrate their commitment to meaningfully settle in Saskatchewan by demonstrating their work experience, education, language ability, age, and connections to the province.
Saskatchewan gives candidates a score out of 100 according to the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The province favors candidates with bilingual capability in both English and French. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.
Regardless of the provincial category, all invited candidates need an EOI score of at least 71 in order to be invited. It is also to be noted that the points requirement is that all the invited candidates must have valid Educational Credential Assessments.
Additionally, candidates already in the federal Express Entry pool need to register another EOI and choose Saskatchewan.
On successfully receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination, candidates are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It will effectively guarantee an ITA for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draw conducted by IRCC.
We could see Canada inviting over 80,000 new permanent residents through various PNP streams. This would include business entrepreneurs, international students graduates in that province, foreign skilled workers, specifically skilled tech workers, critical workers, etc. Moreover, 2021 began with Express Entry Draws#171 that invited only those candidates who had a prior provincial nomination to apply for Canada PR.
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