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Saskatchewan Announced Key Changes in its SINP- Express Entry & OID Sub-categories

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 02, Jan 2018

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The popular Provincial Nominee Program of Canada, i.e. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has announced some key changes in its key streams, i.e. International Skilled Workers (ISW) - Express Entry Sub-category and Occupation in Demand (OID) Sub-category for the upcoming application intakes in the New Year 2018. Two of these changes are applicable w.e.f. December 27, 2017. Let’s take a look at these crucial changes announced in SINP- express entry and OID subcategory by the Saskatchewan government.

Key Changes in SINP- Express Entry & OID Sub-category

Here are the vital changes applicable in ISW- Express Entry and OID Sub-category of popular Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):

  • ECA required for future applications

All the applications received through upcoming application intakes of SINP- Express Entry as well as OID Sub-Category, need to include the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated body with effect from December 27, 2017. The ECA is a document that verifies your qualifications obtained outside Canada.

  • NOC 2231 & NOC 2253 Removed from in demand occupation list

Two key occupations, i.e. NOC 2231 (Civil Engineer Technologists and Technicians) and NOC 2253 (Draft Technologists and Technicians) have been eliminated from the Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupation List w.e.f. December 27, 2017. The SINP Occupation in Demand list includes the occupations, which are facing skill shortage and hence, are highly in demand across the province of Saskatchewan.

  • Settlement fund requirement will be revised

The settlement fund needed for the SINP- Express Entry and Occupation in Demand (OID) Streams will be revised as per the requirements of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on 5th March, 2018.

Also read- 1st Express Entry Draw of 2018- Will IRCC please the Applicants on New Year?

What are Express Entry & OID Sub-categories of SINP?

The OID sub-category has been designed to select suitable skilled workers for the skill shortage occupations in the Saskatchewan province. Saskatchewan government also release updated occupation list, i.e. Saskatchewan in Demand Occupation list annually to invite nomination applications from the applicants who have skills and experience matching these occupations. The selected applicants in this stream get provincial nomination, which in turn make them eligible to apply Canada PR to IRCC.

On the other hand, Express Entry sub-category allows the Saskatchewan to select suitable skilled workers from federal government’s Express Entry System pool. The SINP notify the suitable applicants from Express Entry pool, so that they can apply for provincial nomination via SINP- express entry stream. The selected applicants under this category become eligible to get additional 600 CRS points in express entry, which in turn makes them eligible to get ITA (Invitation to Apply) Canada PR in the subsequent draw of federal express entry system.

Submit the application for SINP- Express Entry or OID Sub-category with new changes

The popular International Skilled Worker- Express Entry and OID subcategories of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) are open at now for the new applications. Hence, you can submit your application for the relevant sub-category including all the above mentioned changes. The application for all current and upcoming application intakes of SINP must include all the documents required as per latest changes, failing which, the application will be returned without any refund of application fee.

If you need further documentation assistance or support to apply Canada PR via SINP- Express Entry or Occupation in Demand (OID) sub-category, you may contact certified Canada migration expert at Visas Avenue. You may call the immigration expert at Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777 or e-mail your queries to


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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