Saskatchewan held its largest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invitation round of 2022 on 1 September.
The province invited 941 immigration candidates from the Express Entry and Occupations-In-Demand categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
The minimum Expression of Interest score required in this invitation round was 61 points, and all invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments.
Of the 941 candidates invited in this invitation round, 312 applicants were from the Express Entry pool, and 629 candidates belonged to the Occupations-In-Demand category.
Before July, Saskatchewan held invitation draws only every two months.
However, the province held four invitation rounds in July, with more than 200 immigration candidates invited in each draw.
Saskatchewan continued holding invitation rounds every week throughout August, with each draw typically inviting more than 600 candidates.
Like most Canadian provinces, Saskatchewan operates its own PNP and invites interested immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
Invited candidates can use the provincial nomination as a first step towards obtaining permanent residency in Canada.
Being invited by a Canadian province maximises a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which is a points system used to rank candidate profiles.
A provincial invitation provides PNP candidates an additional 600 points on their Express Entry profile, which all but guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
After being launched in 1998, PNPs now welcome more than 80,000 new permanent residents to Canada every year.
Express Entry is another pathway to permanent residency in Canada that targets skilled workers to help Canada’s workforce.
Express Entry consists of three Canadian immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Applicants are awarded points on their Express Entry profiles based on a number of factors, including age, education, work experience and language proficiency.
Candidates with the highest scores on their Express Entry profiles are then invited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to apply for permanent residency.