Saskatchewan Express Entry Opens and Closes for Third Time in Five Months

February 16, 2017

By Canada Immigration Newsletter |

The province of Saskatchewan continues to offer Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada the opportunity to submit an application to its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Earlier this week, on February 14, this first-come, first-served sub-category opened for 500 new applications.

The expected rush to submit an application ensured that the intake was reached by the following morning. However, interested candidates should note that this sub-category has opened no fewer than nine times since it was first introduced in June, 2015. Since then, it has become normal for the intake quota to be reached within days, or even hours, and the sub-category has opened three times since October, 2016.

The SINP Express Entry sub-category allows eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry pool, with experience in one of 21 in-demand occupations, to submit an application to the SINP. A successful application leads to the candidate being awarded 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

“The Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category has proven to be a highly successful one, both for the province as well as candidates. Saskatchewan accepts applications on a first-come, first-served basis, and the sub-category opens regularly. This gives eligible Express Entry candidates something extra to strive for, as it is a straightforward and quick pathway to Canada,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“Interested candidates need to do two principal things in order to be successful. First, they must establish whether they are eligible or not. If they are eligible, it is then crucial to prepare the necessary documentation, which is more extensive than the documentation required to enter the Express Entry pool.

“For example, applicants need to submit work reference letters when applying to Saskatchewan, whereas this is not required to enter the pool — though it is required at the federal application stage. Another example is the requirement to submit a detailed settlement plan. For that, it is beneficial to first learn more about this unique province.”

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