Applicants who are bilingual can now receive up to an additional 10 points when applying to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The changes took effect November 24, 2020, and apply to all applicants who apply under the SINP International Skilled Worker EOI System.
This program governs the intake of the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry subcategory and the International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand.
How to apply
Both the SINP Express Entry and the Occupations In-Demand subcategory require an applicant to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI is not an application for permanent residence but rather a pre-application that demonstrates your qualifications and eligibility for the program.
The EOI is valid for up to a year if you do not receive an invitation sooner. There are minimal requirements and candidates with stronger credentials and ties to the province will rank higher. Higher ranking candidates will be more likely to receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.
If you do receive an invitation to apply, you will need to pay a $350 non-refundable fee. You will have 60 days to submit documentation backing up the claims in your EOI application. SINP regularly conducts draws for their provincial nominee program with the last one occurring on Nov. 20.
The main difference between the Express Entry and the Occupations In-Demand subcategory is that that to be eligible for the Express Entry stream, a candidate must have a valid Express Entry profile with IRCC. The Occupations In-Demand stream does not have this requirement and may be better for candidates with limited language proficiency. You only need to a Canadian Language Benchmark of four for the Occupations In-Demand subcategory.
SINP points assessment ranking system
Unlike many other provincial nominee programs, Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker EOI System does not require a job offer or a direct connection to the province. That being said, a job offer or a close relative in Saskatchewan will certainly help boost your overall point totals.
But for basic eligibility, you simply need to score a minimum of 60 points on the SINP points assessment grid. The maximum number of points you can receive is 110.
However, a score of 60 is likely not high enough to receive a nomination. Recent draws have shown that candidates require a score in the 70-80 range to receive an invitation to apply.
In the event of a tie, candidates with close family connections will be selected over those who do not.
Interested in knowing more? We are here to help. You can contact us to confirm if you qualify here.