Another PNP draw took place in Saskatchewan. 452 immigration candidates got invited by SINP to apply for a provincial nomination. The nomination could lead them to the opportunity to apply for Canada PR.
The candidates chosen for invitations were from the International Skilled Worker category. 171 of the invited candidates were possibly having eligibility for the Express Entry subcategory of SINP. 281 candidates came out selected via the Occupations In-demand subcategory.
For the eligibility to get invited, across the streams involved, all candidates needed an EOI score of at least 73 points. Also, it was mandatory for the candidates to go through an ECA. An ECA helps candidates prove that the educational qualifications they possess have parallels in Canada’s educational system, matching the standards.
Also necessary for the candidates was to have experience of working in one of the 65 occupations that are in demand in Saskatchewan.
About subcategory – Occupations In-demand
This subcategory of the International Skilled Worker category is a base PNP. That’s why it allows Canada immigration candidates without any Express Entry profiles to participate in the immigration draw.
These candidates are highly skilled foreign workers, who are experienced in their area of work. These candidates also don’t have a job offer in Saskatchewan.
They get eligibility to apply for Canada immigration they have to first create an EOI profile. This can be done through the online application system of SINP.
The candidates who are selected by SINP are those who have proven ability to settle down in the province. The assessment of their profiles is done based on factors such as age, education, work experience, connections with Saskatchewan, and language skills.
A scoring system that assigns points out of 1,000 by a Points Assessment Grid. This is the assessment grid of SINP for the International Skilled Worker program. The candidates with the top scores get ITAs, which enables them to apply for Canada PR.
About subcategory – Express Entry
The Express Entry subcategory is also an enhanced PNP and has a link to the Express Entry system.
Express Entry is a points-based application management system. It’s used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool. This candidate pool is accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.
Provincial governments choose Express Entry candidates through PNP draws. They also automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score. The higher score will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.
The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
SINP – Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program
ECA – Educational Credential Assessment