Canadian Immigration Stream in Saskatchewan Capped Out Within a Week


SINP International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand reaches allocation intake of 1,000

The popular International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) reached its allocation intake of 1,000 complete applications for the most recent application cycle, which was open for just one week from September 21 to September 28.

Applicants with work experience in one of 57 eligible occupations who had prepared documents in advance and reacted swiftly when the program reopened were able to submit an application in time. A number of applicants credited CICNews with bringing their attention to the news that the stream had reopened, with one reader commenting ‘Thanks for this advice. My application was accepted on September 25, three days before the ceiling was reached.’

This sub-category had previously opened in January, 2015, but the intake threshold filled within days, showing how popular Saskatchewan is among candidates for Canadian immigration. The Prairie province has had the lowest unemployment rate of any Canadian province or territory for each of the past 22 months.

Getting a head start: the key to a successful application

canada-explained-an-infographic2“What the Saskatchewan experience last month taught many potential applicants for Canadian immigration was that waiting around until a program opens and only then beginning to gather information and supporting documents is not a proactive strategy. Indeed, it a strategy that often ends in disappointment,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“While it’s impossible to say with certainty when the International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand stream may reopen and under what criteria, we can analyze recent trends and local factors and make a fair determination that preparing in advance of the next application cycle is the best way forward.

“Most of the eligible occupations are managerial or trades roles,
and Saskatchewan, with one of the most stable economies in Canada and the lowest unemployment rate nationwide, is unlikely to make sweeping changes to the eligible occupations list from one application cycle to the next. While this is never a certainty, a potential candidate who would have been eligible for the most recent application cycle can prepare in advance with a degree of confidence that he or she would still be eligible if and when the stream reopens.” added Attorney Cohen.

“In the event that a candidate does not end up being eligible — perhaps, for example, because the province could tweak the eligible occupations list — he or she has nonetheless laid the groundwork for reacting quickly when other Canadian immigration programs are unveiled or reopened. Many programs require applicants to submit the same types of documents with their application.”

The most recent criteria

Eligible applicants to the SINP International Skilled Workers – Occupations In-Demand stream did not necessarily require a job offer in order to make an application. Applicants had to obtain at least 60 points under a points grid, with up to 30 points available for a candidate’s connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability factors.

To be eligible under the most recent International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the SINP, applicants without a Canadian job offer must:score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid (see below);

  • have a minimum language score in English or French of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;
  • have completed a minimum of one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian
  • education system and has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate (that is verifiable);
  • have a minimum of one-year paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training.
  • Work experience must be in an occupation that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (see below); and
  • have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.


The points assessment grid

SK pass mark for PR application

Candidates must obtain at least 60 points under the following criteria.


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