How to Apply for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
As an alternative to the federal immigration streams, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) can offer a quicker means of entry into Canada. The province can nominate applicants who are eligible based on criteria established by Saskatchewan.
There are a variety of streams under which you can apply for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. They are listed below, along with details.
A Saskatchewan employer must offer you a permanent, full-time job offer in one of three specific categories defined by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list. Your job offer must be in either a Skill Type 0 (managerial occupation), Skill Level A (professional occupation) or Skill Level B (technical occupation and skilled trade). You could also be eligible if you receive an offer for a permanent, full-time job in Saskatchewan from a designated trade listed here.
Another option would be if you have worked for a minimum of six months on a temporary work permit in Saskatchewan in an occupation or trade in the NOC list Level A or B, or in a designated trade excluding trades in the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project.
This program allows you and your family to establish, acquire or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and become actively involved in its management. It helps to create jobs and attract investment. There are three streams within this program: the general category, Large Scale Investor, and Science and Technology.
If you have a close relative who has been living in Saskatchewan for at least one year, and they would be willing to assist you during the immigration process and once you arrive, you can apply for this stream. You would need a signed affidavit of support from one or more of those relatives. You would still have skill and education requirements.
Farm Owners / Operators
Applicants in this stream need to prove their experience in farming, have enough money to invest in a farming operation, and purchase and operate a farming operation in Saskatchewan when possible. Within this category, there is a Young Farmer stream that helps young families establish their lives and farming operations in rural areas of Saskatchewan.
If you are a physician, nurse or other health professional, and you are currently working full-time in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit, you can apply for this stream.
Hospitality Sector Pilot Project
If you have been working as a Food/Beverage Server, Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper, or Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff in Saskatchewan for at least six months on a temporary work permit, you can apply for this stream. The company for which you work must be approved by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
Long Haul Truck Drivers
An approved Saskatchewan trucking firm must hire you for at least 6 months employment on a temporary work permit before offering you permanent employment.
The Students category is divided into two streams listed and detailed below.
Post-Graduation Work Permit
To be eligible for this stream, you need to have:
- graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary education institution in Canada
- worked for a minimum of six months of paid work in Saskatchewan
- a post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- a current, permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer
Master’s and PhD Graduate
To be eligible for this stream, you need to:
- have completed all degree requirements for an existing Master’s and/or PhD program from the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina
- apply within two years of the date on which your degree was granted and from a country where you have legal status
- prove your ability to live and work in Saskatchewan
There is more than simply knowing how to apply for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program – you might need help with the application itself.
Although the Provincial Nominee Program is designed to expedite the process to immigrate to Canada, it does add an extra step. After you are successful in getting nominated, you still need to apply for permanent residence with the federal government. Taking both tasks into account can feel overwhelming, but experienced Canadian immigration lawyers can assist you to properly navigate both processes, so you don’t make any mistakes.
If you are interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan, consider the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program – the province might be interested in you!