International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan’s Occupation In-Demand PNPInternational Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand This sub-category is for skilled workers who have experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations. No job offer in the province is required under this sub-category of International Skilled Worker immigration. Minimum Eligibility Requirements In order to be eligible under the Occupation…

Saskatchewan's Occupation In-Demand

International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan’s Occupation In-Demand PNP

International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations. No job offer in the province is required under this sub-category of International Skilled Worker immigration.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible under the Occupation In-Demand sub-category, applicants must:

Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;

Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;

Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system;

The program of study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate.

Note: As of April 1, 2018, all applications to the Occupation In-Demand Sub-Category must include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization.

Have at least one-year of paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training, in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupation list, below);

Obtain proof of Professional Status or Licensure (for regulated occupations or those with professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan) if required by the SINP;

If proof of licensure is requested, the SINP will hold application processing until such proof is provided.

Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and

Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid (see below).

SINP In-Demand Occupation List

Licensure not required

NOC Occupation SINP Requirements (Education)
1311 Accounting technicians Completed a minimum two-year diploma program in accounting which includes specialized courses in automated accounting, taxation, financial and cost accounting, auditing, intermediate accounting, managerial accounting and accounting information systems.
2251 Architectural technologists and technicians Completed a degree or minimum two-year diploma program in architectural technology.
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities Completed a degree or minimum two-year diploma program with a specialization in special education, rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, visual impairment, hearing impairment or intellectual disability.
5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness Completed a degree or minimum two-year diploma program in recreation, sports or fitness discipline.
6332 Bakers Completed a minimum two-year diploma program or a vocational training program specializing in baking and pastry arts which includes at least one year of on the job training.

Licensure required

NOC Occupation SINP Requirements Related to Professional Status or Licensure SINP Requirements (Education)
0423 Managers in social and community services If a foreign national has a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Social Work, they must provide an assessment of equivalency letter from the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).

If a foreign national’s education is in a discipline other than social work the CASW will not assess their credentials. Provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization.

Completed a four year degree program in a social science field.
2174 Computer Programmers and interactive media developers Provide documentation from the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS) showing your:

For more information, visit the provincial regulator the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS): http://sk.cips.ca/certification

Completed a minimum three year program in computer science, information technology, computer science systems, or a related discipline in integrated multimedia or computing science.  Computer Science engineering programs will not be considered.
3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists Provide a copy of valid licensure (temporary or provisional) from the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT).

NOTE: To determine eligibility for a SSMLT licence (temporary or provisional), SSMLT first requires a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) report from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

3215 Medical Radiation Technologists Provide a copy of valid licensure (restricted or full) from the Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (SAMRT);

or

Provide a copy of the Credential Document Review letter from the SSMLT Registrar indicating that the initial eligibility requirements to apply to the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT) for a license are met. View registration information on the SSMLT website.

3216 Medical sonographers Provide documentation from Sonography Canada showing eligibility to challenge their qualifying examinations;

or

Provide an Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) or proof of Sonography Certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Note: ARDMS examinations can be written in various testing centres worldwide through Pearson VUE.

3234 Paramedics Provide a copy of valid licensure from the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP);

or

Provide a copy of the correspondence from SCoP outlining candidate’s eligibility to apply to write the national certification exam related to a candidate’s practice level.

4151 Psychologists Provide documentation from the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists showing your eligibility for provisional licensure.
4212 Social and community service workers If a foreign national holds a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Social Work, they must provide their assessment of equivalency letter from the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).

If education is in a discipline other than social work the CASW will not assess a foreign national’s credentials. Provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization.

Completed a degree or minimum two year diploma program in social work, child and youth care, social science or psychology.
4214 Early childhood educators Level II or III Early Childhood Educator Certification is required for SINP eligibility.

Provide copies of an assessment letter, the Early Learning and Child Care Assessment Sheet, and a Certificate of Qualification at Level II or III in Early Childhood Education from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.

6331 Meat cutters For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires candidates to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) was completed and that the foreign national is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.

If a foreign national holds a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, provide a copy of your certificate.

Completed a meat cutting apprenticeship program, or vocational training in meat-cutting which includes at least two years of on the job training.
7292 Glaziers For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) was completed and that the foreign national is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.

If a foreign national holds a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, provide a copy of your certificate

Completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as a glazier.
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics/technicians For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) was completed and that the foreign national is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.

If a foreign national holds a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, they must provide a copy of their certificate to the SINP.

Completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as a heavy-duty equipment mechanic/technician.
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) was completed and that the foreign national is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.

If a foreign national holds a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, they must provide a copy of their certificate to the SINP.

Completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as either an automotive service technician, truck and bus mechanic, or mechanical repairer.
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers For Express Entry applications, provide a Certificate of Qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

For Occupations in Demand applications, provide a letter of approval from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), stating that the trade qualifier assessment (step 1) was completed and that the foreign national is eligible to write exams in Saskatchewan.

If a foreign national holds a certificate of qualification from another Canadian province or hold a Red Seal certification, they must provide a copy of their certificate to the SINP.

Completed an apprenticeship program or vocational training as a motor vehicle body repairer.

Points Assessment Grid

Candidates will be assessed points according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability. Candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points on the Points Assessment Grid in order to be eligible for nomination.

Selection Factors

Selection factor Points
Education and training Maximum 23 points
Skilled work experience Maximum 15 points
Language ability Maximum 20 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market Maximum 30 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark: 60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training

The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.

Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Education & Training Points
Master’s or Doctorate degree 23
University degree that required at least three years of full-time study 20
Trade certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan 20
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent 15
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent to a trade certificate 12

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience

Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant’s intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten year period prior to applying.

The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her her intended occupation in order to be eligible.

Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant’s official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to application Points
5 years 10
4 years 8
3 years 6
2 years 4
1 year 2
Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to application Points
5 years 5
4 years 4
3 years 3
2 years 2
1 year 0

Factor 3: Language Ability

The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada’s official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.

Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).

Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language ability Points
CLB 8 and higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
English or French native speaker without language test results 0

Factor 4: Age

The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

Age Points
Less than 18 years 0
18-21 years 8
22-34 years 12
35-45 years 10
46-50 years 8
Over 50 years 0

Factor 5: Connections to the Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability

The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour Market Points
Close relative in Saskatchewan

The applicant or accompanying spouse has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Saskatchewan. Close relatives include:

  • Parents,
  • Siblings,
  • Grandparents,
  • Aunts and uncles,
  • Nieces and nephews,
  • Cousins, and
  • Step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships.

The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed in the Application Guide

20
Previous work experience in Saskatchewan 

The applicant worked in Saskatchewan for at least twelve cumulative months in the past five years on a valid work permit

 5
Previous student experience in Saskatchewan

The applicant studied at a recognized Saskatchewan education institution for at least one full-time academic year on a valid study permit

5

International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have already received an offer of employment from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible under the International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Demonstrate sufficient language proficiency through a minimum language test score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 across all four language competencies (reading, writing, speaking, listening) from a designated testing agency;
  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer that is registered with the SINP in either an occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix as Skill type 0 or Skill Level A or B, OR in a designated trade in Saskatchewan;
  • Have at least one year of paid work experience in the past ten years in the intended occupation;
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if the job offer is in an occupation that is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

Expression of Interest (EOI) Points Assessment Grid

Candidates in the SINP’s International Skilled Worker Category Expression of Interest (EOI) pool are assessed according to the following five factors: education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability. To enter the SINP EOI pool, candidates are required to score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points in the EOI Points Grid, among other eligibility requirements, in order to be considered.

Selection Factors

Selection factor Points
Education and training Maximum 23 points
Skilled work experience Maximum 15 points
Language ability Maximum 20 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labour market Maximum 30 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Pass mark: 60 points

Factor 1: Education and Training

The applicant will receive points for his or her education according to documented proof of completed post-secondary education and/or training programs from a nationally or provincially recognized institution or regulatory body.

Copies of diplomas, certificates, or degrees for any education/training with complete transcripts must be included in order to receive points under this selection factor.

Education & Training Points
Master’s or Doctorate degree 23
University degree that required at least three years of full-time study 20
Trade certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan 20
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent 15
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent to a trade certificate 12

Factor 2: Skilled Work Experience

Points are calculated under this selection factor according to documented proof of skilled work experience (NOC 0, A, B or a designated trade) in the applicant’s intended occupation in the previous ten years. Two points are awarded for each year of work experience in the most recent five years, and one point is awarded for each year in the six to ten year period prior to applying.

The applicant must show at least one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in his or her her intended occupation in order to be eligible.

Documentation must include a letter of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer for each work experience listed, the applicant’s official work book, or other official government documentation.

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to application Points
5 years 10
4 years 8
3 years 6
2 years 4
1 year 2
Work experience during the six to ten year period prior to application Points
5 years 5
4 years 4
3 years 3
2 years 2
1 year 0

Factor 3: Language Ability

The applicant will receive points for his or her ability in either of Canada’s official languages, English or French. If proficient in both, the applicant should choose the language that he or she is most comfortable with.

Proof of language proficiency is required in the form of official results of a recent SINP-approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS, General Training), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).

Applicants must score a minimum of CLB 4 in order to be eligible.

Language ability Points
CLB 8 and higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12
English or French native speaker without language test results 0

Factor 4: Age

The applicant will receive points according to his or her age on the date of application to the SINP.

Age Points
Less than 18 years 0
18-21 years 8
22-34 years 12
35-45 years 10
46-50 years 8
Over 50 years 0

Factor 5: Connections to the Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability

The applicant will receive points for his or her connection to the Saskatchewan labour market and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident through document proof of a high skilled employment offer.

Connection to the Saskatchewan Labour Market Points
High skilled employment offer

The applicant has a job offer for an occupation classified at NOC level 0, A, B or a designated trade in Saskatchewan

30
Close relative in Saskatchewan

The applicant or accompanying spouse has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Saskatchewan. Close relatives include:

  • Parents,
  • Siblings,
  • Grandparents,
  • Aunts and uncles,
  • Nieces and nephews,
  • Cousins, and
  • Step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships.

The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed in the Application Guide

20
Previous work experience in Saskatchewan 

The applicant worked in Saskatchewan for at least twelve cumulative months in the past five years on a valid work permit

 5
Previous student experience in Saskatchewan

The applicant studied at a recognized Saskatchewan education institution for at least one full-time academic year on a valid study permit

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Rashmi Lakkaraju

Rashmi is the founder and the lead practitioner at Cougar Immigration. She is a regulated and licensed member in good standing of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).