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Nurses, software developers, and data analysts were among the 663 immigration candidates invited by the Atlantic province.

Source: CIC News

Saskatchewan has invited 633 immigration candidates in the latest invitation round held on November 18.

Following an almost two month break from conducting draws, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates to apply through two of its immigration streams. Of those invited, 425 may be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory, and 208 may be eligible for the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

The lowest-scoring candidate from each sub-category had 65 points on Saskatchewan’s Expression of Interest (EOI) ranking system.

In this draw, there were 14 eligible occupations for each category. The full list of eligible occupations can be found on Saskatchewan’s government website.

Both groups also needed Educational Credential Assessments to demonstrate their foreign education was comparable to the Canadian standard.

Draw date Total Occupation Number of professionals invited to apply
October 2021 260 Software developers 205
Cloud specialists 9
Web developers 11
Python developers 8
AI developers 7
Bioinformaticians 5
UI/UX developers 5
.Net developers 5
Data analysts 3
Security specialists 2
September 2021 22 Software developers 10
Python developers 4
Cloud specialists 4
AI developers 2
Web developers 2
June 2021 381 Licensed practical nurses 224
Personal care attendants 82
Nurse practicioners 57
Clinical psychologists 10
Medical physicists 5
Radiation therapists 3


The Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador is a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for highly educated, highly skilled newcomers with specialized experience in areas where demand has outpaced local training and recruitment, such as technology and ocean sciences occupations.

The program was created to help address local labour shortages. To be eligible, newcomers need at least one year of work experience in one of Newfoundland’s in-demand occupations. It is also open to post-graduates who completed a Masters or Doctorate degree at Memorial University within the past three years.

How the Priority Skills program works

The Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador operates as an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Interested candidates complete an EOI, and receive an invitation to apply through the province’s online portal.

Invited individuals receive a provincial nomination if they meet all the criteria for either the Skilled worker, or Express Entry Skilled Worker categories. This nomination will support a subsequent application for Canadian permanent residence to the federal government.

Applicants fill out a questionnaire to get their EOI score. Those who get above 60 points will be visible to local employers who have accounts with the province’s Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

It is not necessary to have a job offer to apply to the province’s new Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants need to score highly in the EOI system and have received interest from local employers.

Candidates need a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least five in order to be eligible. The results of the language test must be less than 12 months old. They also must be at least 21 years old and intend to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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