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No job offer: No problem! A look at Saskatchewan's immigration pathways.

Persons who are seeking to make Canada their new country of residence may do so through the country's Express Entry points based system. In this immigration pathway, several provinces and territories allow persons to get additional points through the provincial nomination program (PNP). The Province of Saskatchewan is one such province who extends invitations to persons in the Express Entry pool, boosting their chances of obtaining permanent residency in Canada.



The Saskatchewan PNP is extremely attractive as it offers two immigration pathways to persons who may not have a valid job offer. The province nominates eligible persons who are in the Express Entry pool and assigns them a total of 600 additional points. This is a sure guarantee of being extended an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR).

There are two very active provincial nomination streams under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) that do not require job offers. These are the Express Entry stream and the Saskatchewan Occupation In-Demand stream. The Saskatchewan Occupation In-Demand stream does not require and individual to first create an Express Entry profile. The purpose of this stream is to offer an avenue for skilled workers to be able to meet the province's labour market needs. Eligibility depends on the applicant having at least one year of work experience in one of the positions included on the province's Occupations In-Demand list.

The International Skilled Worker sub-category is for candidates who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan, but have experience in an in-demand occupation. In order for candidates to be eligible, they must meet these requirements: ▪︎score a minimum of 60 points out of 110 on the SINP point assessment grid; ▪︎have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code; ▪︎meet Express Entry language requirements and can provide test results; ▪︎have a minimum level of work experience 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; ▪︎have post-secondary school or training that is equivalent to at least one year of Canadian education; ▪︎have sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Saskatchewan.

The Occupation In-Demand International Skilled Worker sub-category is for applicants who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly qualified in an occupation in demand. In order for candidates to be eligible, the must meet these requirements: ▪︎score a minimum of 60 points out of 110 on the SINP point assessment grid; ▪︎live outside of Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada; ▪︎not be a refugee claimant; ▪︎have a language score of at least 4 according to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB); ▪︎completed post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship and have an equivalent foreign education credential; ▪︎have work experience that is related to occupation and education; ▪︎have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B), that is in-demand in Saskatchewan, at the time of application; ▪︎have sufficient settlement funds to cover living in Saskatchewan. These immigration pathways are very viable as Saskatchewan regularly issues invitations, sending 2,733 Saskatchewan Express Entry and 3,433 Occupations In-Demand invitations so far for 2021.  Source: CIC News https://www.cicnews.com/2021/10/immigrate-to-canada-without-a-job-offer-saskatchewan-pnp-1019380.html


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