INTERNATIONAL SKILLED WORKERS
The SNP is divided into four programs which are
- The international skilled worker
- The Saskatchewan experience
- The farm owner and operator programs
Among all of these the International Skilled Worker and the Saskatchewan Experience streams are the most sought after ones as they are meant for skilled professionals and the other two streams are really expensive as they require a lot of capital investment.
International skilled worker stream is further divided into three sub-streams which are
- The occupation in demand
- Employment offer
- The Saskatchewan express entry stream
The employment offer is a stream as the name suggests requires a job offer from an employer in Saskatchewan. The Express Entry stream has high requirements like a high CLB7 IELTS requirement etc. As it is an express entry oriented stream. So the Occupation in Demand stream has the least requirements that’s why we’ll be covering this Stream in this article.
Who can apply under the occupation in demand stream
Those candidates who are working in occupations or NOCs that are currently in demand in Saskatchewan. you don’t necessarily have to have a job offer from the province but you do need to meet the eligibility criteria. This stream gives the opportunity to candidates to get their Canadian Permanent Residence through the SINP even if they don’t qualify for the express entry program and if they don’t have a high CRS score to make an express entry profile. Apart from tech engineering and IT positions that are in demand for most provinces, Saskatchewan has shown a demand for positions in real estate, sales, caretakers, store workers, clerks, registered nurses and truck drivers as well.
For this stream the first requirement is your education, the minimum education requirement for this stream is a High School degree or a diploma. You’ll need an ECA report for all education credentials completed outside canada from designated evaluation services. You can get your ECA from WES, ICS, IQAS, ICE or comparative education service from the University of Toronto.
Next requirement is language proficiency. You’ll need a language test score of at least CLB4 in your IELTS or your test for French CLB4.
Next requirement is work experience. You’ll need to have a minimum of one year of skilled work experience which means it should be from TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. You can find the NOC TEER level of your job position directly from the Canadian Immigration Portal (HERE).
This experience must be aligned with your studies so it has to be related to your field of education. This experience can be recent or even from any time in the past 10 years. You need reference letters from your supervisor or human resources officer to prove your work experience. Which must be printed on company letterheads.
There’s a list of excluded occupations listed on the SINP website. If your job falls under these excluded occupations, you can not apply for Occupation in Demand Stream, but you can apply through any other SINP stream.
Note that NOC TEER 4 (occupations that usually require high-school or job-specific training) and
NOC TEER 5 (occupations that usually require on-the-job training) skill levels are not eligible for
the Occupation In-Demand.
Next is Professional Status or License Requirements, which are also known as Certifications for some occupations that are regulated in Canada. You might have to provide proof of professional status which is another term for certifications particularly for regulated jobs in Canada. You might also be asked to provide additional documents over and above this as well, depending on your profession until which your application will be held for processing. Be sure to include all the required and requested documents in your application. As missing documents will result in your incomplete application being returned and your application fee will go to waste.
Next the most important part the SINP is points assessment grid in order to qualify for this stream, you need a minimum score of 60 points out of 110. The higher your points are the better your chances for getting an invitation from the province. You can find this points assessment grid below
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Points Table
|FACTOR I: LABOUR MARKET SUCCESS
|EDUCATION AND TRAINING
|Master’s or Doctorate degree (Canadian equivalency).
|Bachelor’s degree OR at least a three-year degree at a university or college.
|Trade certification equivalent to journeyperson status in Saskatchewan.
|Canadian equivalency diploma that requires two (but less than three) years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other post-secondary institution.
|Canadian equivalency certificate or at least two semesters (but less than a two-year program) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other post-secondary institution.
|SKILLED WORK EXPERIENCE
Your work experience must relate to the job you have put on your application.One year of work experience equals 12 full months.
|a) Work experience in the 5 years prior to application submission date.
|b) In the 6-10 years prior to application submission date.
|Less than 1 year
|LANGUAGE ABILITYCheck IRCC’s website to convert your IELTS, CELPIP or TEF scores to CLB 4-10.
|a) First Language Test (English or French)
|CLB 8 and higher
|English or French speaker without language test results.
|b) Second Language Test (English or French)
|CLB 8 or higher
|Less than 18 years
|18 – 21 years
|22 – 34 years
|35 – 45 years
|46 – 50 years
|More than 50 years
|MAXIMUM POINTS FOR FACTOR I
|FACTOR II: CONNECTION TO SASKATCHEWAN LABOUR MARKET & ADAPTABILITY
Points are given for having a connection to the Saskatchewan labour market. This shows your ability to successfully settle in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident.
|The following points are for the Employment Offer subcategory only:
|High skilled employment offer from a Saskatchewan employer
|The following points are for the Occupation In-Demand and Saskatchewan Express Entry subcategories only
|Close family relative in Saskatchewan
The applicant or accompanying spouse has a family relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Saskatchewan. This includes a: parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, first cousin and step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships. The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed under “Required Documents” for your ISW sub-category.
|Past work experience in Saskatchewan
At least 12 months of work in the past five years on a valid work permit.
|Past student experience in Saskatchewan
At least one full-time academic year at a recognized Saskatchewan post-secondary education institution on a valid study permit.
|MAXIMUM POINTS FOR FACTOR II
|MAXIMUM POINTS TOTAL: I + II =
It is divided into two main factors. The first factor is the Labor Market Success factor which determines how easy you would find it to get into the labor market of the province. It includes your education and trade certifications, your work experience, your language ability and your age. The maximum points you can score from the first factor is 80.
Factor 2 determines your Connections and Adaptability to Saskatchewan. This includes job offers from the province, a close family relation in the province which includes a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, first cousin and step family members or in-laws of the same relationships that are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents living in Saskatchewan and also any past work or study in the province. The maximum points you can score from the second factor is 30, so you’ll have to make sure that you can score more than 60 points through all of these factors in order to qualify for the stream.
Settlement Funds or Proof of Funds required for the SINP stream. Like any other immigration program without the need for a job offer, you need to prove that you have enough funds to support yourself and your dependent family members until you get a job, so you need a certain amount depending on the number of members in your family. You’ll have to count your family members even if they are not coming with you to Canada. Below is the table of required funds for Canada PR.
This table shows the minimum amount you need to immigrate to Canada. If you have more money, you should list the full amount in your profile or application.
(in Canadian dollars)
|For each additional family member
Funds required in your account for a minimum of three months before you submit your complete application.
Last requirement is a Settlement Plan, which you need to get from IRCC’s Living in Canada tool (Here)
You can use this online tool to basically get resources and services that help you plan for your Residency in Saskatchewan. After you land, you’ll have to just answer a few questions online like where you’re applying from, where you’re looking for to immigrate to etc. after you answer the questions on the Living in Canada tool, it’ll create your Settlement Plan for you, which you can directly print or email to yourself from that page in order to attach to your application.