Effective November 24, 2020, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will provide additional criterion points to bilingual International Skilled Worker applicants. Up to 10 points can be claimed by those with both English and French language ability.

Minimum Scored Required for SINP Program

You need a minimum score of 60 points out of 110 to apply under one of the SINP ISW program streams. There are three streams under the SINP.  The stream you qualify under will largely depend on whether you have a job offer, if you qualify for the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program, or whether you have experience in an occupation in demand.

What Are the Immigration Streams Under the SINP?

 If you have an employment offer and meet the eligibility requirements below, you may apply under the International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer.

  1. If you have an Express Entry profile number and meet the SINP eligibility criteria, you may apply under the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry.
  2. If you meet the SINP eligibility criteria below, but do not have an employment offer or an Express Entry profile number, you may apply directly to the SINP under the International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand.

If you are eligible under the Occupations In-Demand or Express Entry, your first step is to  submit and create Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.

What is an International Skilled Worker (ISW) EOI?

An ISW EOI submission is a pre-application where you fill out an online form to indicate your interest in applying to the SINP and show your qualifications. The information will assess your eligibility and whether you will be entered into the ISW EOI system.

Those who have skills needed by Saskatchewan, such as connections to the province, work experience, and language proficiency. If you are selected, you will be issued an Invitation to Appl (ITA). Selection is not guaranteed; however, those with the highest points under the points assessment grid have the best chance of receiving an ITA.

Once you submit an EOI, you will be entered into the EOI pool of eligible candidates and it will valid for 1 year from the date you submit it.

Assess your Ability Under the International Skilled Worker Program (ISW)

In order to qualify under any of the three ISW categories, you must meet the SINP points requirement. There are two areas you may obtain points under: Labour Market Success and Connection/Adaptability to Saskatchewan. Within these two areas are additional factors you may obtain points. Points that you claim will be confirmed once you submit your documents.

You may only claim points once for each section.

The selection factors are as below:

Selection factor Points
Education and training Maximum 23 points
Skilled work experience Maximum 15 points
Language ability 1 Maximum 20 points
Language ability 2 Maximum 10 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Connection to Saskatchewan labor market Maximum 30 points
Total Maximum 110 points
Pass Mark: 60 points

What Are Connections to Saskatchewan Labour Market and Adaptability Factors?


There are up to 30 points are available for having a strong connection to the Saskatchewan labour market. These points show a genuine intent and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Saskatchewan as a permanent resident. These points may include job offer, close family, pat work experience, or past study in Saskatchewan.

Language Assessment for SINP Application

You must include an official language assessment as part of your SINP application for:

You’ll also need to include an assessment if you have a valid job offer in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) C or D occupation. This will meet Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s minimum language requirements for the Provincial Nominee Program.

Find out if your occupation is classified as NOC C or D, and learn more about the National Occupational Classification.

International Skilled Workers: Saskatchewan Express Entry

Applicants to the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-category must provide valid language test results that match the language level declared in their Express Entry profiles.

Past Draws

Although a passing mark of 60 is required to apply to the SINP, latest draws this year have selected applicants with points between 74 – 80 points on the assessment grid. Although these scores were typically possibly only with a connection to Saskatchewan; bilingual French candidates have a better chance to qualify with a possibility of 10 additional points.

If you are a bilingual candidate and have experience in one of the occupations in demand, or qualify under Express Entry and have questions regarding your eligibility under the SINP, please contact us now!