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Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements

The Occupations In-Demand (OID) and Express Entry (EE) program sub-categories are for individuals who have education and work experience in a high-skilled and in-demand occupation. Eligible occupations for the OID and EE program sub-categories are high-skilled occupations in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix levels, with the exception of the ineligible occupations listed in the SINP Excluded Occupation List below. High skilled occupations include:

  • NOC "A" (occupations that usually require university education);
  • NOC "B" (occupations that usually require college education or apprenticeship training); or
  • NOC "0" (management).

The NOC is a national reference for occupations in Canada. Please see the NOC 2011 Matrix for more information on occupational skill levels.

Note that NOC "C" (occupations that usually require high-school or job-specific training) and NOC "D" (occupations that usually require on-the-job training) skill levels are not eligible for the Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry subcategories.

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1. How to Determine Your National Occupation Classification (NOC)

To identify which occupation you should select, see the NOC 2011 Search.

Type your job title into the Quick Search field to see which NOC codes apply to you. SINP Staff cannot tell you what NOC to select. You need to review each occupation's job duties, responsibilities, employment and educational requirements and then choose the one that most closely matches your education and work experience so that your application is not found ineligible.

You need to verify that your occupation or NOC code is considered high skilled in Canada (NOC A, B, 0) by checking the NOC 2011 Matrix. The second number in your NOC code corresponds with its skill level. SINP Staff can tell you if your NOC is high skilled but cannot tell you what NOC fits your education and work experience until you apply and they are able to assess your documentation.

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2. SINP Excluded Occupation List

People with the following occupations are excluded from applying to the Occupations In-Demand (OID) and Express Entry (EE) program sub-categories. This is a list of occupations that are not eligible for these program sub-categories. Note that these occupations may be eligible through the International Skilled Worker Employment Offer subcategory and the Saskatchewan Work Experience category if your employer has registered with the Government of Saskatchewan and received approval for the job offer.

Download Excluded Occupation List

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3. Selecting/Changing Your Occupation in the Expression of Interest (EOI) System

When you create your International Skilled Worker EOI profile, you can select from a number of occupations. The Expression of Interest system will only allow you to select an eligible occupation for your EOI profile.  Ineligible occupations on the SINP Excluded Occupation List cannot be selected.

Expression of Interest selections will take into account the labour market demand forecast alongside other factors for selection. Please see the International Skilled Worker EOI System for more information on how selections are made.

For information on the current labour market outlook being used by the SINP, please see the Saskatchewan Detailed Occupational Outlook, which provides job outlooks and other labour market information for the 2018 to 2022 forecast period. This report is updated on an annual basis.

If you already have an EOI profile but you identify an alternative occupation that better fits your education and work experience, you may revise and resubmit your Expression of Interest (EOI) profile. If you want to update the EOI information you provided, click on the "Make Changes to EOI" button on the EOI Points screen to update your EOI. You must save and click on Submit Expression of Interest button again to re-submit your EOI.

If you have requested a secondary review for a previous SINP application that was found to be ineligible, you will need to cancel your request for a secondary review in order for the SINP to accept a new application. You can only have one application in process, which means that you cannot submit a new application to the SINP while a secondary review is being assessed.

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Some occupations in Saskatchewan are regulated or have professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan. SINP applicants for the International Skilled Worker sub-categories of Occupations in Demand and Express Entry who are intending to work in one of these occupations are required to submit additional documentation. Please see the list below for these requirements.

If you are requested to provide additional documentation or proof of licensure from a professional regulatory body or national assessment body for your intended NOC code, your application will be held for processing until these documents about your professional status are provided. All other Required Documents must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded. The SINP will advise you after you apply if your work experience and education matches an occupation that requires licensure documents.

A nomination from the SINP does not guarantee eligibility for licensure in a regulated occupation. In addition, the professional requirements needed to apply to the SINP do not allow you to work in a regulated occupation unless you have received licensure from a regulatory body in Saskatchewan. You may need to complete additional requirements when you arrive in Saskatchewan. For more information, visit Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements.

Please see the list below for occupations with these requirements. This is not an occupation eligibility list. Expression of Interest (EOI) selections are not limited to the occupations on this page.

Download SINP's Professional Requirements by Regulated Occupation

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5. Finding Employment in Saskatchewan

Although the OID and EE categories do not require a skilled job offer in Saskatchewan, employment is a key criterion for other SINP categories. To pursue a SINP application under the employment categories you can begin your job search by visiting SaskJobs. This website allows you to search for jobs inside the province and in specific communities.

For more information on the SINP's category for applicants outside of Canada with job offers, please see International Skilled Worker: With an Employment Offer. Please see Finding Work for more information on how you can find employment in Saskatchewan.

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