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Saskatchewan Reopens ‘Occupations In-Demand’ Immigration Sub-Category for Skilled Workers

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan will welcome up to 1,200 new applications under the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) during an intake period that began on August 9.

Applications to this ‘base’ sub-category, which is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, are received on a first-come, first-served basis. No job offer is required in order for an eligible person to submit an application.

A successful application will result in a provincial nomination certificate being issued; with this nomination, the applicant (as well as an accompanying spouse/common-law partner and any dependent children, if applicable) may then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status.

The current intake period is the third intake of 2017.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible under the Occupations 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);
  • 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 occupations list, below);
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

In-Demand Occupations

Saskatchewan has made a slight revision to the list. Facility operation and maintenance managers (National Occupational Classification code 0714) are no longer included, while Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (NOC 2212) have been added.

No licensure required

Of the 42 occupations on the new list, 19 do not require any professional licensure. An eligible individual with work experience in one of these occupations may apply to the SINP and receive a nomination certificate without ever applying for or obtaining any professional licensure.

NOC OCCUPATION
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
1112 Financial and investment analysts
1122 Managers in Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2121 Biologists and related scientists
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 Managers in agriculture
0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers

Professional licensure required

Saskatchewan requires certain applicants to apply for professional licensure in order for the immigration application to be processed successfully. This process may be completed from outside Canada.

An application submitted by an applicant in one of these occupations that does not include the appropriate proof of licensure may be held for processing until this proof is provided. All other required documentation must be included, otherwise the application will be returned to the applicant and the CAD $300 government processing fee may not be refunded.

The process of obtaining licensure depends on the occupation in question, as well as other potential factors, such as the applicant’s professional and/or academic background. The processing times listed in the table below represent best case scenario outcomes. Delays may occur if the organization in question has to wait for a third party, such an educational institution, to send additional required documentation, such as transcripts. To gather this information the organizations’ websites were consulted; in situations where the site did not display an estimated processing time, the organizations in question were contacted by CICNews.

NOC OCCUPATION NON-RESIDENT OF CANADA PATHWAY TO LICENCURE APPROXIMATE PROCESSING TIME
0211 Engineering managers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) 1 year
2131 Civil engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) 1 year
2132 Mechanical engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) 1 year
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) 1 year
2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) 1 year
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) 1 year
2151 Architects Refer to Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) notes 2 months
2154 Land surveyors Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) 1 month
2173 Software engineers and designers Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS) 6-8 weeks
2175 Web designers and developer Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS) 6-8 weeks
4151 Psychologists College of Psychologists Variable
4212 Social and community service workers Canadian Association of Social Workers 6-12 weeks
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants Ministry of Education 2-4 weeks
3211 Medical laboratory technologists Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists From 45 days to 1 year or longer
3216 Medical sonographers Sonography Canada Variable
6331 Meat cutters Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable
7231 Machinists Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable
7272 Cabinetmakers Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable
7311 Industrial mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable
7237 Welders Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Variable

Source :- CICNEWS

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