The province of Saskatchewan held its biggest PNP draw on August 14 since February of this year. More details follows below.


A total of 533 candidates have received invitation to apply (ITA) to apply for immigration to Canada through the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP).


The provincial government of Saskatchewan released of its largest invitation round recently on August 14. Candidates that were invited under the International Skilled Worker Category from two immigration subcategories, that is: Express Entry and Occupation-In-Demand. The total number of invitations that were issued to the skilled professionals although fell down from the February 13 draw, which issued a total of 646 invitations. But still this draw announcement can be considered as the biggest one since February 27, in which 576 invitations were distributed and also the biggest draw since the lockdown imposed due to the pandemic situations in March.


In order to be considered in this draw, candidates from both these sub-categories needed to have the sub-categories need to have already submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles in the SINP pool.


The provincial government of Saskatchewan uses the EOI system to make a selection of candidates that possess most potential to perform in the province. Selected candidates are required to demonstrate their commitment towards upgrading the socio-economic value of Saskatchewan by demonstrating their employment experience, education, language proficiency skills, age and also any connection with the province.


The SINP uses the above five factors to evaluate the eligibility of any applicant and then provide them a score out of 100 over the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. The highest-scoring candidate from all then receives an invitation to apply from the province under the provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.


The minimum cut-off score required in the recent August 14 draw was 69 points, for both the immigration subcategories.


Express Entry Sub-Category


In the recent SINP draw, the province of Saskatchewan has issued a total of 455 ITAs to candidates who have already submitted their profiles towards the federal Express Entry Pool.


The Express Entry System manages the pool of all those eligible applicants that have applied for towards the Canadian permanent residence program through three most prominent main economic class immigration programs operated by the federal government of Canada: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Program.


If applicants in the federal Express Entry pool also submitted their EOI for the Saskatchewan and they scores a point score equivalent to 68 points on the SINP point assessment grid they must have received an invitation to apply or a nomination letter in this latest draw.


Further, all the Express Entry candidates who apply towards the provincial nomination program and also receive a nomination letter from the provincial government of Saskatchewan are awarded an extra 600 points towards their existing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These extra points then effectively guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for the Canadian permanent residence in the next Federal Express Entry Draw.


The same applied for candidates that have been chosen from any of the provincial nominee programs across Canada and are aligned with the Federal Express Entry System.


Occupation In-Demand sub-category


The Occupation In-Demand sub-category of the SINP PNP is valid for those immigration candidates who are not having a Federal Express Entry profile.


There are a total of 166 Occupations In-Demand applicants that were invited to apply for the provincial nomination program and similar to the Express Entry sub-category, these candidates also needed to have a provincial score equivalent to 68 points in order to be considered for the nomination and immigration.


Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): Providing pathways to Canada immigration


Yes! If the federal Express Entry is not working out due to the current pandemic situation or some specific factor then you can explore other immigration options for migrating to Canada. There are a plenty of other ways to make it happen and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is one of the most prominent pathways among these alternatives to move to Canada.


The Federal Government of Canada is giving more power to all its provinces when it comes to selecting new foreign skilled immigrants. You should be aware that some of the provincial nominations result in an addition of 600-points towards your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the Express Entry System but some of these PNP streams does not work in direct alignment with the larger Express Entry System.


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