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  • Saskatchewan has conducted the largest ever draw for the Entrepreneur stream of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), with 142 international entrepreneurs having been invited to apply to the program following the May 24, 2017 draw. Another new record was set in this draw, as the points threshold required for a candidate to be invited to apply reached its lowest ever cut-off point of 80.

  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced that it has reopened its International Skilled Worker — Express Entry to 500 new applications today. Candidates applying to the Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)’s must first enter the federal Express Entry system.

  • New draws through Saskatchewan’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories on November 1 resulted in 926 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence from pool of candidates for the  Express Entry and Occupation in demand sub catagory of the province.

  • The province of Ontario led Canada’s provinces and territories in net employment gains in 2018 During 2018 Canada’s unemployment rate reach its lowest point since 1976.

  • January was a busy month for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, particularly those associated with the federal Express Entry system. The two Express Entry draws conducted by the Government of Canada in January were complemented by the opening of five Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams over the course of the month.

  • EOI system comes into effect July 16 and will replace first-come, first-served model for International Skilled Worker sub-categories The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is moving away from a first-come, first-served application model for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories and will adopt an Expression of Interest system effective July 16.

    The new process means the first step toward being considered for either of the two International Skilled Worker sub-categories will be to create an EOI profile using Saskatchewan’s online application system “OASIS” beginning Monday.

    The change will mean regular draws from a pool of ranked candidates rather than the current approach of occasional openings that favour those who are quickest to apply. It also brings Saskatchewan in line with other Canadian provinces that already employ EOI systems.

    An EOI is not an application to the Saskacheawn Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) but is rather a way for a candidate to make it known that they would like to be considered for either the Express Entry or Occupations in-Demand Sub category.

    This pre-application process requires candidates to complete an online form that assesses their eligibility for either sub-category in accordance with their respective selection criteria.

    Criteria include education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age and a candidate’s connections to Saskatchewan’s labour market. Candidates must also have work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s In-Demand occupations.

    The SINP’s EOI system will use the same point assessment grid that is currently in effect for the International Skilled Worker category.

    Candidates who score at least 60 points out of 100 are then entered into the EOI pool and ranked based on their score, and the highest-ranked candidates will be invited to apply through regular draws from Saskatchewan’s EOI pool.

    The SINP says if too many candidates have the same or equal point score, candidates with connections to Saskatchewan will be prioritized. According to the SINP, “these are people who receive points for having a close family relative in Saskatchewan; and/or past work experience in Saskatchewan; and/or past student experience in Saskatchewan.”

    Candidates with the most work experience and highest language scores will be next in line after those with connections to the province.

    The SINP says draws will take place on a monthly basis to start, at a minimum, but their frequency will be determined by the needs of its application inventory as will the number of invitations issued in each draw.

    The dates of the draws will not be communicated, but the score range and attributes of the candidates selected will be provided on the SINP webpage.

    The SINP says it may limit the selection of EOIs by occupation “so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and applications do not exceed employment demand.”

    Candidates who receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan will be notified by email.

    Complete applications for a provincial nomination will be submitted within 60 days of receiving an invitation using the same log-in information for a candidate’s EOI profile.

    Express Entry candidates who are nominated by Saskatchewan receive an additional 600 points toward their (CRS) score.

  • Immigration to Canada remains on the rise at both the provincial and federal level, despite a move this week by the province of Quebec to reduce the number of newcomers it will welcome next year.  

  • A new report on the Government of Canada’s Express Entry economic immigration system shows candidates from India and China led their fellow Express Entry candidates in invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2017.

  • Some of Canada’s most desired destination provinces have been active with respect to their Express Entry and provincial nominee program (PNP)) streams this Spring, giving candidates in the Express Entry pool a range of opportunities to obtain a provincial nomination certificate. With such a nomination, a candidate obtains 600 additional points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

  • Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia (BC), and Alberta have all seen significant activity in their PNPs in recent weeks, as more than 2,500 individuals have either submitted an application for a provincial nomination certificate, or have been invited to do so.

  • On March 5, 2018, the amount of settlement funds required will be revised to align with IRCC’s requirements

  • As of April 1, 2017,International skilled worker who are interested to submit their application under Saskatchewan nominee program (SINP) are required to pay an application fee of $300 CAD when submitting application.

  • The latest draw for Saskatchewan's Entrepreneur stream, an important component of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), has resulted in 98 international entrepreneurs being invited to apply to the program.

  • (Update: Since this article was published, the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category has closed for new applications.)

  • Saskatchewan's first Entrepreneur invitation to apply under the entrepreneur program of 2019 took place on January 3.

  • Saskatchewan has issued 743 new invitations to candidates in its Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry immigration sub-categories in draws held December 6.  
    These invitations 532 went to candidates in Occupations in demand candidates.

  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has issued 466 invitations in its first Express Entry-linked Expression of Interest draw. The lowest-ranked candidate invited in this draw had a score of 68 points under the SINP unique points assessment grid . The SINP also revised its in-demand occupations list, which now consists of 22 occupations.

  • The province of  Saskatchewan issued 853 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in the largest Expression of Interest draw to date, on October 10.

  • The province of Saskatchewan issued invitations to apply to 187 candidates in its Entrepreneur Category in a draw held July 18. Saskatchewan's Entrepreneur Category is for eligible candidates in the province's Expression of Interest (EOI) pool who would like to establish a business that meets specified provincial criteria.

  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has now issued 3,337 invitations since July through its Expression of Interest system
    On November 23, including 247 invitations to candidates in the federal Express Entry system.