The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows the province to nominate candidates to the federal government for permanent resident status under one of the following categories:
|Business Categories||Worker Categories|
|Farm Owners/Operators||Skilled Workers|
|Young Farmers||International Skilled Workers|
|Hospitality Sector Pilot Project|
|Long Haul Truck Drivers|
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- The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s Entrepreneur stream is a three-stage process:
- Expression of interest
- Invitation to submit application
The expression of interest must meet the following minimum entry requirements:
- Minimum net worth of $500,000 legally acquired.
- Minimum of three years of entrepreneurial or relevant management experience.
- Investment of at least $300,000 in Regina or Saskatoon, or $200,000 is any other Saskatchewan area.
Candidates enter a pool where they receive a score. The top scoring candidates are invited to submit an application.
Applications must include:
- Business Establishment Plan confirming figures in expression of interest, and including at least one third ownership of a company in Saskatchewan, unless investment is $1 million or higher.
- Commitment to be active in day-to-day management of business.
- Creation of two or more jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents if the business is located in Regina or Saskatoon.
One of two streams geared towards individuals with experience in farming who wish to purchase and operate a farm in Saskatchewan. The main criteria are:
- Net worth of $500,000 CAD;
- Deposit of $75,000 with the province, refundable upon meeting the terms of a performance agreement with the province;
- Exploratory visit to Saskatchewan prior to the application;
- Documented farm operation knowledge and experience.
As the title indicates, this stream is aimed at young individuals capable of operating a farm in the province. The requirements to apply are:
- Minimum net worth of $300,000 CAD;
- Under the age of 40 at the time of application;
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in farm ownership, management or practical farming;
- Make a viable proposal for a commercial farming opportunity in Saskatchewan with a reasonable expectation of profit;
- Have other marketable skills that will supplement a farming income;
- Conduct an exploratory visit prior to the application;
- Invest a minimum of $150,000 CAD into a farming operation in Saskatchewan;
- Make a $75,000 refundable deposit with the Province.
The Saskatchewan government promotes a sub category which complements the federal Express Entry system. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program will accept 1000 applications under this sub category.
This category is divided into two streams, specifically the Skilled Workers/Professionals stream, and the Existing Work Permit stream.
Requirements for the Skilled Workers/Professional stream are:
- Full time offer of employment in Saskatchewan in an occupation classified as skill level “0”, “A” or “B” of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), or in a specific designated trade in Saskatchewan;
- Obtain a minimum of 35 points on the SINP Assessment Rating grid, which evaluates a candidate based on education, work experience, language proficiency, family in Saskatchewan, adaptability, community support, age and financial resources.
Requirements for the Existing Work Permit stream are:
- Currently hold a valid Canadian work permit supported by a Service Canada LMO or NAFTA exemption;
- Full time offer of employment in Saskatchewan in an occupation classified as skill level “0”, “A” or “B” of the NOC, or in a specific designated trade;
- Have worked in Saskatchewan for the employer making the offer for at least 6 months.
Saskatchewan promotes its own Express Entry stream. It enables the province to nominate qualified candidates for admission to Canada under the federal Express Entry immigration system, without a sponsoring employer. The province nominates qualified applicants from the federal Express Entry pool.
The International Skilled Worker- Express Entry Category is aimed at selecting applicants who have the education, experience, language proficiency and adaptability to successfully establish in Saskatchewan and contribute to the province’s prosperity. Nomination is based on a points system, where applicants receive consideration under the following factors:
- Education and Training;
- Work Experience;
- Language Ability;
- Connections to Saskatchewan, including family, job offer, work or study experience in the province.
Applicants must score a minimum of 60 out of a possible 100 points under the above mentioned selection factors to be considered for nomination. Applicants must also meet the following mandatory criteria:
- Have been accepted into CIC’s Express Entry pool and have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
- Have completed a minimum of one year of post – secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate (that is verifiable);
- Have a minimum level of work experience related to your field of education or training:
- At least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); OR
- At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade within the past five years; OR
- At least 12 months of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non- trades).
- Have work experience in a high skilled occupation (NOC “0”, “A” or “B”) that is considered to be Occupations In – Demand in Saskatchewan;
- Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds if applying without an approved job offer.
- Demonstrate a minimum language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, or higher if required by employers or regulatory bodies;
Individuals with formal post-secondary education or training and a minimum of one year of work experience in the past ten years related to one of the below Occupations In- Demand may qualify to apply under the SINP International Skilled Worker Express Entry Category without a sponsoring employer:
Saskatchewan Occupations in Demand
|National Occupation Classification (NOC)||Occupations|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2141||Industrial and manufacturing engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2175||Web designers and developer|
|4212||Social and community service workers|
|4214||Early childhood educators and assistants|
|3211||Medical laboratory technologists|
|423||Managers in social, community and correctional services|
|1122||Professional occupations in business management consulting|
|2212||Geological and mineral technologists and technicians|
|2121||Biologists and related scientists|
|2123||Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists|
|2225||Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|7312||Heavy-duty equipment mechanics|
|7321||Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics|
|7322||Motor vehicle body repairers|
|811||Managers in natural resources production and fishing|
|821||Managers in agriculture|
Immigrant families living in Saskatchewan can support family members wishing to immigrate to Saskatchewan. The requirements for the foreign applicant are as follows:
- Have a self-supporting family member who is Canadian citizen or permanent resident, has residing in Saskatchewan for at least 1 year and commits to sponsoring the applicant;
- Be between the ages of 18 and 49 years old;
- Have successfully completed a post-secondary education , training or apprenticeship of at least 1 year;
- Have an offer of full-time, indeterminate employment in Saskatchewan in an occupation or trade classified as NOC skill level “A” or “B” or in a designated trade;
- Have 1 year or more of work experience in that occupation within the last 10 years;
- Demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages.
This stream is aimed at physicians, nurses or other health professionals already working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit for at least 6 months. Additional requirements are:
- For Physicians – have an indeterminate offer of employment issued by a provincial health authority or the health education institution where they are working, or have a verifiable documents demonstrating permanent arrangements to practice medicine in a medical office in the province;
- For nurses – have an indeterminate offer of employment issued by a Saskatchewan health employer; have a letter of support from the appropriate licencing body in the province; demonstrate that the employer respected the relevant collective agreement in hiring them. Licensed Practical Nurses, Psychiatric Nurses and Registered Nurses can apply in this stream.
- Other Health Professionals – have an indeterminate offer of employment issued by a Saskatchewan health employer for a position classified as NOC skill level “0”,”A” or “B” or requiring one year of post-secondary training; have a letter of support from the appropriate licencing body in the province; demonstrate that the employer respected the relevant collective agreement in hiring them.
This pilot project allows applications for permanent residence from foreign nationals currently working in Saskatchewan for more than 6 months in one three occupations. The criteria are:
- Currently working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit as a Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6453), Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641) or Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661);
- Be employed by an approved Saskatchewan employer for six months at time of application;
- Have an offer of permanent employment from an approved Saskatchewan employer;
- Have a minimum of 12 years of formal education;
- Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language.
Long Haul Truck Drivers working in Canada on a temporary work permit may transition to a permanent status under this category. The eligibility requirements are:
- Be working for a minimum of 6 months for an approved Saskatchewan trucking company;
- Hold a Saskatchewan Class 1A license;
- Have an offer of full-time permanent employment from current employer;
- Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language.
Aimed at international students having graduated from a Canadian or Saskatchewan post-secondary institution, this category is divided into two streams with specific eligibility requirements.
Basic requirements for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream are:
- Obtained a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian post-secondary educational institution subsequent to a program of at least 8 months of full time study;
- Worked at least 12 consecutive months in Saskatchewan or, if graduated from a Saskatchewan institution, 6 consecutive months;
- Hold a post-graduation work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
- Have an indeterminate full time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer;
- If job offer is in an occupation requiring lower levels of formal training, demonstrate basic language proficiency in English.
Basic Requirements for the Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream are:
- Completed a Master’s or PhD degree from the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina requiring at least 1 year of full-time study;
- Such a degree was obtained within the two years immediately preceding the date of the application;
- Demonstrate intention to settle in Saskatchewan through one of the following:
- Six months of employment experience in the province in applicant’s field of training or
- Currently employed in applicant’s field of training or has a job offer in the field for a period of at least six months or
- Have sufficient funds to sustain a short period without work;
- Demonstrate basic language proficiency in English if applying without a job offer or with an offer for an occupation requiring lower levels of formal training.
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