What is an International Skilled Worker Expression of Interest (EOI)?
An International Skilled Worker EOI submission is not an application to the SINP.
An International Skilled Worker 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 your eligibility, and determine whether your submission is entered into the International Skilled Worker EOI system.
Candidates with attributes aligned to the needs of Saskatchewan’s labor market and immigration objectives are selected from the International Skilled Worker EOI system. These attributes include connections to the province, work experience, and language proficiency. Those selected from the system are issued an “Invitation to Apply.”
Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an EOI, however, candidates can only have one EOI profile.
For assistance on how to create your EOI profile, please see this EOI OASIS Guide.
How the EOI System Works
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. For information regarding Saskatchewan’s employment demand forecast, please visit Labor Market Information page.
How EOI Candidates Are Ranked
Those who successfully complete an Expression of Interest profile automatically receive a score based on a number of criteria. You can find the criteria for the EOI point score in the SINP point assessment grid.
The SINP’s Expression of Interest selection process will use a sequence that begins by identifying those with the highest point scores. If too many candidates have the same or equal point score to meet the EOI Draw’s desired number of candidates, then further selection criteria will be applied – connections to the province; work experience; and official language ability.
To select among those with equal scores, candidates with connections to Saskatchewan will be chosen first. These are people who receive points for having a close family relative in Saskatchewan; and/or past work experience in Saskatchewan; and/or past student experience in Saskatchewan. The next selection criterion will prioritize those with the highest number of years of work experience and highest language scores.
These factors all play a role in your future economic success in Saskatchewan. A goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.
The criteria can change at any time regarding eligibility or the selection process for EOIs. EOIs that do not meet the criteria will not be selected.
Your Invitation to Apply
As required by the SINP, the EOIs are drawn from the system and those selected receive an Invitation to Apply. The number of invitations issued in each draw is dependent on annual processing targets and employment demands.
If you are invited to apply, your invitation will advise you on what to do next. You will have 60 days to submit a complete online application to the SINP and provide documents that support the information you provided to the SINP in your EOI.
If you provide false or misleading information in your EOI, it may be considered misrepresentation. Your application could be refused and you may be banned from applying to the SINP for a period of two years.
Your EOI will remain active for one year from the date you originally created it. After it expires, you will have to create a new EOI to still be active in the system.
While your EOI is active, you can continue to update your profile with new information. For example, you can improve your score and increase your chances of receiving an invitation by:
- Improving your language score by taking additional tests; and/or,
- Gaining more work experience.
After you receive your invitation to apply
After receiving an invitation to apply to either the Occupations In-Demand or Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, you will be required to pay the non-refundable $350 CAD application processing fee.
For further information about what documents are needed for your application, please see the category page that corresponds with your Invitation to Apply.
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