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SASKATCHEWAN PNP PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (SINP)
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program provides applicants with a path to immigration. The province can:
- Encourage non-Canadians who want to move to Saskatchewan to submit applications for permanent residence under the Canada PR programme
- Submit to the Federal Government the applications of qualified applicants for Canadian permanent residence.
The first step to becoming a legal resident of Saskatchewan is to get a nomination through SINP. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) then processes the application that SINP has accepted for permanent residence in Canada.
What various PNP immigration categories available in Saskatchewan?
Saskatchewan PNP permits the province to nominate applicants for PR Visa to the Government of Canada through 3 major immigration categories:
- Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Program
- Saskatchewan Experience Program
- Saskatchewan Business Immigration Program
These immigration pathways are further divided into many sub-streams to suit a diverse range of immigrant applicants.
International Skilled Worker Category – Saskatchewan
International Skilled Worker Category is divided into 3 sub-streams:
- Sub-Category Saskatchewan Employment Offer
- Sub-Category Saskatchewan Occupation-In-Demand
- Sub-Category Saskatchewan Express Entry
The Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation-In-Demand sub-streams operate through a system of EOI – Expression of Interest.
Saskatchewan Employment Offer
This substream of Saskatchewan immigration is available to skilled workers who have a job offer for a skilled occupation in the province. Both candidates inside and outside of Canada who can provide proof of their legal status may apply for this sub-category.
Anyone with high skill levels in a profession in demand in Saskatchewan but without an employment offer can apply for this sub-stream under the Saskatchewan PNP. SINP publishes a list of the professions that are excluded from this sub-stream. Both candidates inside and outside of Canada who can provide proof of their legal status may apply for this sub-category.
Saskatchewan Express Entry
This sub-stream is open to skilled professionals who are part of the federal Express Entry Pool and want to live and work in Saskatchewan. Both candidates inside and outside of Canada who can provide proof of their legal status may apply for this sub-category.
The following criteria must be met by candidates to be eligible for the Saskatchewan Sub-Category of Express Entry:
- Possess a profile with a job seeker validation code and a Profile number in the Express Entry pool.
- Get 60 or more points on the SINP points assessment grid.
- Provide legitimate language test results from a recognised organisation that match the results listed in your Express Entry profile.
- Possess a Degree, Certificate, or Diploma from a post-secondary institution that is equivalent to Canada’s educational system after completing a year of apprenticeship, training, or education there.
- Foreign-obtained degrees and diplomas must be evaluated for an educational credential assessment.
- Have at least one of the corresponding experience minimums in your field of employment, training, or education.
- 1 year of recent work experience in a skilled (non-trades) profession
- 2 years of recent skilled trade work experience; or 1 year of recent Canadian work experience (including trade and non-trade) in the last 3 years.
- Have professional experience in a high-skilled NOC occupation 0, B, or A that isn’t on the list of prohibited occupations.
- Get the necessary licensing in Saskatchewan if your line of work is a skilled trade or is otherwise regulated. For skilled trades, a certificate from the Saskatchewan Trade Certification and Apprenticeship Commission is necessary.
- Have a settlement plan and funding documentation.
Saskatchewan Experience Category
A skilled worker from Saskatchewan with an active work permit:
This sub-stream is open to skilled individuals who have a valid work permit and have been employed in Saskatchewan for at least six months.
Agricultural Worker with Moderate Skill and Current Work Permit
This sub-stream is open to semi-skilled agricultural employees who have a valid work permit and have been employed in Saskatchewan for at least six months.
Applying for this sub-stream is open to nurses, doctors, and other health professionals who have worked in Saskatchewan for at least six months and who possess a current provisional work permit.
Pilot Project in the Hospitality Sector
Applicants for this sub-stream must be foreign nationals who have been employed in Saskatchewan for at least six months in one of the three professions.
Long Distance Truck Drivers
Long-haul truck drivers who are employed in Saskatchewan and have a current Provisional Work Permit are eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa under this sub-stream.
Alberta Student Stream
Students from abroad who have completed post-secondary education in Canada or the Saskatchewan province are eligible to apply for this sub-stream. There are two further subcategories within it:
- Graduate students from Canadian universities
- Graduates of a university in the province of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Immigration Business
In accordance with the Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Sub-Category, candidates and their families are allowed to acquire, launch, or work together in a business in the province. Candidates must live in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in the management of the business. There are 3 steps in the procedure:
- Expression of interest, or EOI
- Request for application submission
Successful candidates receive a Provisional Work Permit when they enter Canada. After establishing their business in the province for six months, they are eligible to submit an application for a nomination.
International Graduate Entrepreneur
The Saskatchewan International Graduate Entrepreneur Sub-Category intends to support foreign students who graduate from Saskatchewan-based universities in staying in the province as entrepreneurs and attracting funding for their ventures.
Farm Managers and Owners
This Saskatchewan subcategory is open to applicants with farming experience who want to own and run a farm in the province. For young farmers who want to start businesses in Saskatchewan, it also offers a road to success.
The Canada PR Visa is directly offered to selected individuals. While their PR Visa application is being processed, certain individuals can also enter Saskatchewan with a Provisional Work Permit.
Saskatchewan PNP Draws
The province of Saskatchewan holds the Saskatchewan PNP draw on a regular basis. Through the drawings, it searches for applicants in the IRCC Express Entry pool who can meet the requirements of any of the Express Entry-aligned Saskatchewan immigration streams. A personal invitation to live and work in Saskatchewan is extended by SINP to candidates in the Express Entry pool.
How are Saskatchewan PNP points calculated?
The SINP Points Calculator, also known as the Saskatchewan Nomination Assessment Grid, is used to determine if applicants are eligible under the SINP. As the assessment is focused on talents, it helps Saskatchewan Province welcome skilled immigrants.
The maximum number of points on the evaluation grid is 110. A candidate must receive a minimum of 60 points to be accepted into the programme. To prove they have earned the required 60 points, candidates must provide supporting documentation with their SINP application.
Candidates’ Expressions of Interest are ranked using the SINP scoring matrix. The invitation to submit an application for SINP is most likely to be extended to candidates with the highest scores.
Eligibility of Saskatchewan PNP
The Eligibility of Saskatchewan PNP are:
Frequently Asked Questions
Age: Max 12 points
Language ability: Max 20 points
Education and training: Max 23 points
Skilled work experience: Max 15 points
Adaptability to Saskatchewan labour market: Max 30 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Required score: 60 points