Saskatchewan Reopens ‘Occupations In-Demand’ Immigration Sub-Category for Skilled Workers

August 9, 2017

By Hugo O’Doherty, Canadian Immigrant Newsletters |

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan will welcome up to 1,200 new applications under the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) during an intake period that began on August 9.

(Edit: Since this article was published, Saskatchewan has updated the status of this sub-category. To learn more, read this article.)

Applications to this ‘base’ sub-category, which is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, are received on a first-come, first-served basis. No job offer is required in order for an eligible person to submit an application.

A successful application will result in a provincial nomination certificate being issued; with this nomination, the applicant (as well as an accompanying spouse/common-law partner and any dependent children, if applicable) may then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status.

The current intake period is the third intake of 2017.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system (the program of study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate);
  • Have at least one-year of paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training, in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list, below);
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
    Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

In-Demand Occupations

Saskatchewan has made a slight revision to the list. Facility operation and maintenance managers (National Occupational Classification code 0714) are no longer included, while Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (NOC 2212) have been added.

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