A new batch of 533 immigration candidates got ITAs (Invitations to Apply) for a Saskatchewan’s provincial nomination in the latest PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) held on August 14, 2020.
The candidates invited by SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) were from the category of International Skilled Worker. This has 2 subcategories namely Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry. The draw was the biggest since the one conducted on February 27, 2020. That draw invited 576 candidates, which makes it the biggest draw since the lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic was imposed in mid-March 2020.
However, the biggest draw of 2020 as yet was the one that sent out 646 invitations and was conducted on February 13, 2020.
The candidates from both sub-categories invited in this draw had to submittheir profiles with EOI (Expression of Interest) with the SINP.
For SINP, the EOI system is a way to select candidates possessing the most potential to work and thrive in the prairie province’s environment. Candidates must demonstrate their commitment to build a life in the province. For this, they must showcase their:
- Connections to the province
- Language ability
- Work experience
These factors are used to get an assessment of the candidates who are then given a score out of 100. These points are applied in the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. Candidates who score the highest will receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.
The minimum score prescribed for candidates in the August 14 draw was 69. This applied to both sub-categories.
Looking at the Occupation in-demand sub-category in this draw, 247 candidates from this sub-category were invited to apply for a provincial nomination. This sub-category is open to immigration candidates without a federal Express Entry profile.
In the Express Entry sub-category, 286 invitations were sent to candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.
The federal Express Entry system does the management of the profiles of candidates in the Express Entry pool for 3 of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs namely:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
The candidates with profiles submitted to the federal Express Entry could also have filled out an EOI for Saskatchewan, along with scoring 69 points on the SINP’s Points Assessment Grid. In that case, they may be invited via the latest draw.
A Canada Express Entry candidate who receives a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan will be given 600 additional points to their original CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score. This in effect guarantees that the candidate will be invited to apply for permanent residence in a future federal Express Entry draw.
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