Saskatchewan holds largest EOI draw at lowest scores to date for Express Entry
SINP also removes two professions from In-Demand Occupations List
The Province of Saskatchewan has invited 853 candidates in its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand immigration sub-categories to apply for a provincial nomination in the largest draw yet from its new International Skilled Worker Expression of Interest pool.
In order to be eligible for this sub-category, Express Entry candidates must score at least 60 on Saskatchewan’s point assessment grid and have work experience in a high-skilled occupation found on the province’s In-Demand Occupations List, among other criteria.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively moved to the front of the line for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
a) Two occupations removed from the In-Demand list
In a related development, the SINP updated its In-Demand Occupations List on October 11, removing NOC 2123 (Agricultural representatives, consultants, and specialists) and NOC 3216 (Medical Sonographers).
The removals bring the number of occupations that are listed as in-demand by the SINP to 20.
2) the U.S. now says employees of Canada’s marijuana industry will be ‘generally admissible’ for personal travel
The updated statement clarifies confusion caused by an earlier version that said working for pot industry ‘may affect admissibility’ to the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has updated its rules concerning employees of Canada’s legal marijuana industry, saying they will “generally be admissible” to the United States if the purpose of their travel is unrelated to the industry.
The update, published October 9, brings some clarity to the agency’s earlier statement on the issue from September 21 that said working in Canada’s marijuana industry “may affect admissibility to the U.S.”
The vague original statement fired confusion and concern among employees of Canada’s budding marijuana industry, who feared they could be banned altogether from visiting the United States.
Canada is set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on October 17, but the sale, possession, production, distribution, and importation of the drug remain illegal under U.S. federal law.
Nine U.S. states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and 30 states have legalized medical marijuana, but U.S. federal law supersedes state laws.
It does, however, say that anyone deemed to be a “drug abuser or addict” or who admits to committing acts that violate state, federal or foreign laws regarding controlled substances will be inadmissible to the United States.