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Canada Saskatchewan: Exciting new Expression of Interest system now in effect

Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will, as of today, accept Expression of Interest (EOI) from qualifying migrants. Essentially the province will now rank candidate profiles based on their contribution in human capital and not by being ‘first in the que’ as had been the case until yesterday.

As of today the Saskatchewan government will issue an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to International Skilled Workers (ISW) who meets the requirements and also score well on their EOI and Express Entry profile.  Those with high scores within the pool of candidates will have a greater chance of being invited to apply.

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The new system brings an end to the first-come, first-served model that Saskatchewan had used and gives better qualified candidates a better chance at success.

How the EOI System will work

  1. Create and submit an EOI after which you will be entered into the EOI pool of eligible candidates.  Your profile will be valid for a year.  Applicants will be ranked based on the information provided in their profile such as education, age and work experience.  These factors alone will now determine if a candidate moves ahead with the process.  Candidates with good language scores, the most years of work experience or ties with Saskatchewan will be given preference in the ranking system.

  2. The highest ranking candidates will regularly be invited to submit a complete application to the SINP.   A minimum score of 60 points out of 100 is needed to apply under an SINP International Skilled Worker (ISW) sub-category.  The number of invitations issued in each draw is dependent on annual processing targets and employment demands states the Saskatchewan official website.  The candidate applicant can improve their EOI score by improving language scores or gaining more work experience.

  3. Applicants will now have 60 days to submit a complete online application to the SINP and provide documents that support the information provided to the SINP in their EOI. Candidates’ EOI will remain active for one year from the date it was originally created and can be updated as needed.


How would you score?

EDUCATION AND TRAINING                                                                                                                                       Points

Master’s or Doctorate degree, Canadian equivalency                                                                                                 23

Bachelor's degree OR a three or more year degree program at a university or college                                                 20

Trade certification equivalent to journeyperson status in Saskatchewan                                                                            20

Canadian equivalency Diploma that requires two but less than three years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other formal post-secondary institution                                15

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 formal post-secondary institution       12


In the 5 year period prior to application submission date:

5 years                                                                                                                                                                                  10

4 years                                                                                                                                                                                  8

3 years                                                                                                                                                                                  6

2 years                                                                                                                                                                                  4

1 year                                                                                                                                                                                    2

In the 6-10 year period prior to application submission date:

5 years                                                                                                                                                                                  5

4 years                                                                                                                                                                                  4

3 years                                                                                                                                                                                  3

2 years                                                                                                                                                                                  2

Less than 1 year                                                                                                                                                                  0


Check IRCC’s website to convert your IELTS, CELPIP or TEF scores to CLB 4 through 10.

CLB 8 and higher                                                                                                                                                               20

CLB 7                                                                                                                                                                                     18

CLB 6                                                                                                                                                                                     16

CLB 5                                                                                                                                                                                     14

CLB 4                                                                                                                                                                                     12


 < 18 years                                                                                                                                                                           0

 18 – 21 years                                                                                                                                                                     8

 22 – 34 years                                                                                                                                                                     12

 35 – 45 years                                                                                                                                                                     10

 46 – 50 years                                                                                                                                                                     8

 > 50 years                                                                                                                                                                           0


Applicants might be awarded extra points:

High skilled employment offer from a Saskatchewan employer                                                                                         30

Close family relative in Saskatchewan                                                                                                                     20

Past work experience in Saskatchewan                                                                                                                 5

Past student experience in Saskatchewan                                                                                                            5



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