SINP New Tech Talent Pathway – Ticket to Saskatchewan for IT Professionals
By Rajneesh Kumar
Posted on March 12, 2022
In an effort to meet labour shortages in Saskatchewan’s Tech Sector, the province has created a new Tech Talent pathway under SINP’s International Skilled Worker Category.
Launched on March 7, 2022, this new tech talent immigration pathway will open a new permanent residency pathway for tech workers in 11 occupations. As a result, the employers in Saskatchewan’s innovation and technology sectors can now attract more global tech talent to support overall growth and boost the international competitiveness of the province.
Whether you are already working in Saskatchewan or have been recruited from outside of Canada, this new stream will provide you with an expedited immigration pathway.
Lets’ find out more about the SINP New Tech Talent Pathway.
What are the eligible occupations for the SINP tech Talent Stream?
You can apply to the New SINP Tech Talent Pathway if you have a valid job offer in one of the following occupations per Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC) system.
- 0213 Computer and information systems managers
- 2133 Electrical and Electronics engineers
- 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
- 2171 Information System analysts and consultants
- 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
- 2173 Software engineers and designers
- 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
- 2175 Web designers and developers
- 2281 Computer network technicians
- 2282 User support technicians
- 2283 Information system testing technicians
What are the eligibility requirements for SINP New Tech Talent Pathway?
To apply under the new stream, you must:
- Have a SINP Job Approval Letter (employer-specific) for any eligible technology sector occupation.
- obtain at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 if not working in Saskatchewan while applying or CLB level 7 if applying via Express Entry
- have at least 12 months of work experience in an eligible occupation gained in the past five years; or six months of work experience in Saskatchewan
- have completed post-secondary education
- qualify for Saskatchewan professional licensing if the occupation is listed under NOC 2147 (Computer Engineers), NOC 2173 (Software Engineers – not Designers) and NOC 2133 (Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
What are the eligibility requirements for Express Entry candidates?
If you are accepted into the Express Entry pool of candidates and choose to apply for the new SINP tech talent stream, you must:
- have a valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code
- have either a legal status in Canada or be living outside of Canada
- not be a refugee claimant
- meet the Express Entry language criteria
- qualify for any one of three Express Entry-managed programs, including:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
Which tech occupations need licensing in Saskatchewan?
You must qualify for professional licensing in Saskatchewan if your occupation falls under any of the following NOC codes:
- NOC 2147 – Computer Engineers
- NOC 2173 – Software Engineers (but not Designers)
- NOC 2133 – Electrical and Electronics Engineers need to:
- Submit a letter to show that the Association approves the Engineer-in-Training registration application of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS); or
- Submit a letter from APEGS as evidence that the candidate has been assigned Confirmatory Exams.
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