Saskatchewan is one of the prairie provinces of Western Canada. It is home to one of the country’s most rapidly growing economies and populations, thanks largely to an influx of immigrants from around the world. Its economy is primarily based on agriculture and important natural resources industries like forestry and fishing. It boasts two major cities, Saskatoon and Regina, as well as vast expanses of pristine wilderness.
The SINP is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
The SINP accepts applications under three immigration categories:
- International Skilled Worker Category;
- Saskatchewan Experience Category; and
- Entrepreneur and Farm Category
Each these categories may have one or more sub-categories. Below we provide you with additional information about each of these categories to help you determine if the SINP is right for you.
Saskatchewan will announce the criteria for the new Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category for Canadian immigration on January 2, 2015 and begin accepting applications under the Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category in early 2015.
Like the International Skilled Worker Category, the Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category will be for skilled workers. Prospective immigrants who have been accepted into the federal Express Entry pool can apply to the Saskatchewan Express Entry category. Persons nominated by the SINP will receive additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System, resulting in an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
International Skilled Worker Category
This category accepts applications from skilled workers who plan to live and work in the Province of Saskatchewan. Applicants are measured based on a points system. On January 10, 2014 the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the limit of applications accepted for the SINP without a job offer had been reached, and therefore a job offer from a Saskatchewan-based employer is now required in order to apply. This program is has been in effect since January 2, 2014.
Saskatchewan Experience Category
This category is for foreign workers that are currently living in Saskwatchewan. The Sasketchewan Experience Category accepts applications under the following difference sub-categories:
Existing Work Permit Sub-Category — This sub-category is for individuals who have been working in Saskatchewan for at least six months under a closed work permit or under a working holiday visa.
Health Professions Sub-Category — This sub-category is for individuals who have worked as a physician, a nurse, or in other health professions in Saskatchewan for at least six months.
Hospitality Sector Pilot Project — This sub-category is for individuals that are currently working in Saskatchewan as food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, or housekeeping and cleaning staff for at least six months. The employer must receive approval from the Province of Saskatchewan before the applicant begins work in Canada.
Long Haul Truck Drivers Sub-Category — This sub-category is for individuals that are currently working for an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan for at least six months. Drivers must be working in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months before applying.
Students Sub-Category — This sub-category is for students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada. Among the requirements, the student must have worked in Saskatchewan for at least twenty-four months before applying, or for six months if the institution is in Saskatchewan.
Entrepreneur and Farm Category
This category is for individuals who wish to invest management talent and capital in Saskatchewan, or for individuals with proven farming experience who wish to purchase and operate a farm in Saskatchewan. At the time of this publication, the Entrepreneur Program is under review and is expected to be opened some time in 2014.