Saskatchewan has overhauled its skilled occupation list to make more than 200 occupations eligible for skilled migration to the Canadian province.
After the overhaul, the skilled occupation list now has 218 occupations which are eligible for skilled migration to Canada.
The list includes occupations eligible for both the Express Entry and In-Demand Occupation subcategories and has been expanded from 19 occupations to more than 200.
Many of these occupations included in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program offer applicants the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Canada upon meeting certain qualifying conditions.
Moreover, general skilled migration candidates in the Express Entry pool who earn a provincial nomination from the Saskatchewan provincial government is automatically given an additional 600 points towards their Canadian skilled migration points system, which effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for permanent residency in the country.
The In-Demand Occupation subcategory is open to skilled migration hopefuls who cannot apply through the Express Entry pool. However, they can still apply for Canadian permanent residency upon meeting eligibility requirements.
The skilled occupations list consists of high-skill occupations having a Skill Level A or B, or Skill Type 0, under the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).
You can apply for skilled migration to Canada – or the province of Saskatchewan, to be more exact – by registering an Expression of Interest (EoI) with the provincial government under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
An increase in the number of skilled migrants to Saskatchewan is expected to strengthen the economy and give a welcome boost to the labour market, in addition to helping skilled individuals realise their dream of life as a Canadian permanent resident.
Occupations excluded from the updated occupation list include dentists, journalists, managers in public administration, and specialist physicians among others.