Saskatchewan has launched its Express Entry stream under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). A maximum of 775 nomination certificates will be issued under the SINP stream. Nominees must have the education, work experience, and language skills to help them integrate into Saskatchewan’s labor market.
SINP nominees will be awarded 600 points under the Federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System, and will be invited to apply under the next Federal draw from the Express Entry pool.
Successful candidates and their families will be granted Canadian permanent residence, with applications processed within six months of being submitted at the federal stage.
Successful candidates are selected by the province from the federal Express Entry pool. To qualify they are required to meet eligibility requirements under any one of the federal economic immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.
Saskatchewan Express Entry application process
Candidates wishing to apply to the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream must first submit a profile to CIC’s Express Entry Pool.
To qualify for the Express Entry pool, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French, and have a minimum of one year of post-secondary education or training that has resulted in a degree, diploma, or an equivalent qualification. A potential candidate must also demonstrate a minimum required level of work experience related to his or her field of education or training.
Second, a candidate must then apply for SINP provincial nomination while ensuring to attach all required documents and forms to the SINP application.
Third, candidates must earn a minimum of 60 points under the SINP assessment index. Points are awarded on the basis of education and training, work experience, language ability, age, and existing connection to the Saskatchewan labor market.
An existing connection to the Saskatchewan labor market is a measure of the applicant’s adaptability, and is calculated on the basis of having a close relative residing in Saskatchewan, or having previous work or study experience in the province.
Once approved, the SINP will forward a confirmation of nomination to the CIC Express Entry system and this will provide an applicant with 600 CRS points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System.
The applicants will subsequently receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence at the following draw from the Express Entry pool, and will be required to submit their federal application for permanent residence within 60 days of the invitation being issued.
Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s most economically vibrant provinces located in Western Canada with a population of just over one million.
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Saskatchewan is streamlining rules for entrepreneurs who want to immigrate to the province.
According to Jeremy Harrison, the minister for immigration, jobs, skills and training, changes to the entrepreneur and farm category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program will speed up applications.
The five streams included in the category are to be collapsed into two, which will have new eligibility requirements. Applications will be made online and the point system will give more weight to certain qualities, including proven entrepreneurial experience and net worth.
The government is also removing the need for a $75,000 good-faith deposit, allowing funds to go towards settlement and startup costs instead.