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As of Monday, July 16, the International Skilled Worker – Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will use an Expression of Interest (EOI) system.

The new system will replace the first-come, first-served systems that have existed for both of these popular SINP sub-categories. Recent intake periods for both sub-categories have resulted in the quota being filled quickly, often within a few hours. The adoption of an EOI system will allow Saskatchewan immigration authorities to draw periodically from a pool of candidates who have made a formal Expression of Interest in settling in Saskatchewan. In this respect, the system is similar to those used by immigration authorities in British Columbia and Manitoba.

History of Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category invitation rounds

Saskatchewan EOI: How does it work?

If you are eligible under the Occupations In-Demand or Express Entry sub-categories, you will be able to submit an EOI. Submitting an EOI is the first step to applying to the SINP, and is not in itself an application to the SINP.

An EOI is a pre-application process which allows candidates to fill in an online form to indicate their interest in applying to the SINP and demonstrate their qualifications. The information requested is based on SINP criteria and is used to assess eligibility, and determine whether the submission is entered into the International Skilled Worker EOI system.

If you successfully create and submit an EOI, you will be entered into the EOI pool of eligible candidates.

  • Your profile will be valid for one year from the day you submit it.
  • Candidates can only have one active EOI profile in the system at any time.
  • You will be ranked based on the information you provide in your profile.
  • The highest-ranking candidates will regularly be invited to submit a complete application to the SINP. Invitations to Apply are done through Expression of Interest Draws.
  • The SINP uses an electronic system for both the submission of EOIs and applications for nomination and will communicate with you via email. Please ensure that you provide a valid email address.
  • If you are invited to submit an application, you can use the same log-in information you created for your EOI to complete your application for nomination.
  • You must make sure that the information you provide in your EOI is current and accurate at all times. If your situation changes, you must update your profile.
  • If we find that you provided false information or left out important details, your application will be refused.

The SINP reserves the right to limit the intake of EOI. As well, the SINP may limit the selection of EOIs by occupation so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and applications do not exceed employment demand.

Saskatchewan has dubbed its new EOI system ‘OASIS’ and refers to an ‘OASIS Account’.

Saskatchewan Express Entry

The SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category is aligned with the government of Canada’s Express Entry immigration system. Therefore, candidates who are successful in obtaining a nomination under this category obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand

The SINP International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category is not aligned with Express Entry. This sub-category may provide a route to permanent residence for individuals who are not eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, as well as Express Entry candidates who are nonetheless struggling to meet the CRS cut-off thresholds in Express Entry draws.


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