Saskatchewan re-opens Skilled Worker Programme
Posted on November 13, 2015
The International Skilled Worker Programme (SWP) of the Saskatchewan province of Canada has been re-opened for accepting applications.
Another 500 applications will be accepted, with applications received from November 2.
The SWP is one of the streams of the provincial programme of Saskatchewan, which runs in line with the federal Express Entry System. This means that applicants must have registered with the Express Entry system when they apply for the SWP.
The programme is a popular provincial immigration stream as it does not require a job offer or connection to the province in order to be eligible.
It was initially opened in January 2015, but the intake threshold was filled within days. It was then re-opened on September 21, 2015 for an additional 1,000 applications and the gap was filled within days again.
The 500 application gap is therefore a competitive one and interested applicants are recommended to act quickly.
“Because applicants are now required to be registered in the Express Entry System, the application for the SWP moves very fast. All applicants already have a registration number, and whenever a provincial programme such as this one opens, they apply for it immediately,” explained a Canada consultant at Vision Dubai.
“We recommend applicants interested in provincial programme to first apply through the Express Entry System, and then to any provincial programme that is open for applications.”
Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are currently accepting applications for its provincial programmes, he said.
The government of Saskatchewan is targetting newcomers who have the education, skilled work experience, language ability and other factors to help themselves establish and integrate successfully into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities.
Under the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category, skilled workers who do not have an employment offer but are highly skilled in an occupation that is in demand in Saskatchewan may be eligible to apply for nomination by the SINP.
Candidates must score at least 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid. Further, they must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programmes, which are the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, the Federal Skilled Trades Programme, and the Canadian Experience Class.