After announcing an update in its In-Demand Occupation List on April 4, 2019, the Saskatchewan province held its first Expression of Interest draw for immigration candidates with work experience in four specific in-demand occupations. 324 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued in the draw held on April 17, 2019.
Three out of the four listed occupations were from the new additions to Saskatchewan’s In-demand Occupations List updated on April 4, 2019.
However, the SINP later revised its In-Demand Occupations List and removed the four occupations targeted in the April 17 draw. The list which the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) updated on April 4, added a total of 13 new occupations bringing the total occupation list to 24 In-demand occupations. But, once again, with the latest revision of the list, the total number of occupations has declined to 20.
The Invitations to apply (ITAs) were issued to Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates with work experience in one of the following occupations: Land Surveyors (2154), Technical Occupation in Geomatics and Meteorology (2255), Tailors, Dressmakers, Furrier and Milliner (6342); and Application Services and Repairers (7332). However, these occupations are now removed from the in-demand occupation list.
A week ahead of the Expression of Interest draw, the SINP had indicated that it may make an occupation-specific selection from the pool of candidates within Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories. To be eligible for consideration by Saskatchewan, the Express Entry candidates must register a separate Expression of Interest with the SINP.
The candidates who will be selected for a provincial nomination through SINP’s Express Entry sub-category will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and will be fast-tracked for an Invitation to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence in upcoming Express Entry Draw.
As mentioned above, after its first EOI draw for occupation in-demand candidates Saskatchewan has yet again revised its In-Demand Occupations List. With the removal of four occupations, the list now consists of the following twenty occupations.
In-Demand Occupations List Revised
Managers in Social Services and Community Services
Conference and Event Planners
Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
Architectural Technologists and Technicians
Medical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Radiation Technologists
Social and Community Service Workers
Early Childhood Educators
Instructors of Persons with Disabilities
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics/Technicians
Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
To get an Invitation to Apply through SINP’s Express Entry or Occupation In-Demand sub-categories, it is mandatory to have work experience in an occupation mentioned in the list. However, having a job offer is not a compulsory requirement in both cases.
Canada’s PNP allows 9 provinces and 2 territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian Permanent Residence every year. Saskatchewan is one such province that operates SINP to invite aspirants seeking permanent residence in Canada.