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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program: Your Gateway to Canadian Immigration

28 March, 2024

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program: Your Gateway to Canadian Immigration

Situated in the prairie region of Western Canada, Saskatchewan is renowned as one of the country's agricultural hubs. Abundant in fertile farmlands, the province is home to two prominent Canadian cities, Regina and Saskatoon.
 
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), comprises various immigration pathways aimed at facilitating foreign nationals' transition to Canadian permanent residency. Strategically crafted, the PNP aims to draw immigrants who can contribute to the province's growth, including skilled workers, individuals in sectors facing labor shortages, those with job offers, and entrepreneurs. The program encompasses multiple immigration streams categorized into three main groups:
 
  • Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker
  • Saskatchewan Experience
  • Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm

 

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker

 

The Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker program consists of three immigration streams tailored to attract skilled workers capable of integrating into Saskatchewan's workforce and adjusting well to life in the province. Certain streams prioritize individuals with experience in sectors facing labor shortages, while others focus on workers who have received job offers from employers in Saskatchewan.

 

  1. Saskatchewan Express Entry

 

Saskatchewan Express Entry is a component of the International Skilled Worker streams within the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), which is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) administered by the province of Saskatchewan. Individuals from the federal Express Entry pool with significant skilled work experience in occupations not included on the SINP Excluded Occupation List can express their interest to be considered for this stream.
 
Successful candidates nominated through the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream will receive invitations to submit formal applications for Canadian permanent residence. The stream utilizes the SINP Points Assessment Grid to evaluate and rank interested candidates against each other. Only those with the most competitive profiles will be invited to formally apply to the program.
 
To qualify for the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream, applicants must first be registered in the federal Express Entry pool. To enter the pool, applicants need to meet the requirements for at least one of three federal Economic programs:
 
  • Federal Skilled Worker: Candidates must possess a minimum of a high school diploma and have at least one year of continuous full-time skilled work experience. Skilled work experience is defined as work in positions categorized under National Occupational Classification (NOC) levels 0, 1, 2, or 3. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate language proficiency in either English or French, consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.
 
  • Canadian Experience Class: There is no minimum education requirement for this program. Candidates must have at least one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada within the three years preceding the application. The work experience does not need to be continuous but must be in positions categorized under NOC levels 0, 1, 2, or 3. Language proficiency in English or French, consistent with CLB level 7, is also required.
 
  • Federal Skilled Trades: This program also has no minimum education requirement. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade occupation. Additionally, candidates must either possess an offer of employment to work in a skilled trade in Canada or hold a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority. Language proficiency in English or French, at CLB Level 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB Level 4 for reading and writing, is mandatory.

 

  1. Saskatchewan Employment Offer

 

The Saskatchewan Employment Offer is a component of the International Skilled Worker streams within the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) administered by the province of Saskatchewan. Individuals with a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer and who meet the required score on the SINP Points Assessment Grid can apply to this stream at any time.
 
Successful candidates nominated through the Saskatchewan Employment Offer stream will receive invitations to submit formal applications for Canadian permanent residence.

 

  • Employment Offer

 

All applicants under this stream must secure a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer for a position classified at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B, or in a designated trade. To be considered valid, the job offer must be accompanied by a Letter of Offer from the employer and a Job Approval Letter from SINP. To obtain a job approval letter, the candidate's employer must register online via the SINP Online Portal and submit the position for assessment by SINP. Upon approval, the employer will receive an official Job Approval Letter.

 

  • Language Proficiency

 

Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in either English or French. Valid language test scores indicating proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 or higher are mandatory.

 

  • Work Experience

 

Applicants must exhibit a minimum of 12 months of work experience acquired within the past 10 years in the same occupation as the job offer. If the occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan, candidates generally must possess the necessary licensing or certification.

 

  1. Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupation 

 

The Saskatchewan Occupation In-Demand stream is part of the International Skilled Worker streams within the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), which is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) administered by the province of Saskatchewan. Individuals with experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations and who achieve a sufficiently high score on the SINP Points Assessment Grid can submit an expression of Interest to be considered for this stream.
 
Successful candidates nominated through the Saskatchewan Occupation In-Demand stream will receive invitations to submit formal applications for Canadian permanent residence. This stream utilizes the SINP Points Assessment Grid to evaluate and rank interested candidates. Only those with the most competitive profiles will be invited to formally apply to the program.

 

  • Language Proficiency

 

In order to qualify for the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand stream, applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in either English or French. All applicants are required to present valid language test scores demonstrating proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher.

 

  • Educational Qualifications

 

All applicants must possess educational credentials equivalent to at least a one-year post-secondary diploma in Canada. If the candidate's profession is regulated in Saskatchewan, they may need to provide certification or demonstrate eligibility for certification as part of the application process.

 

  • Work Experience

 

Applicants under this stream must have a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in a high-skilled occupation categorized at NOC level “A”, “B”, or “0” that is not listed on the SINP Excluded Occupations List.

 

Saskatchewan Experience

 

The Saskatchewan Experience program comprises five immigration streams aimed at attracting individuals who have acquired work experience in Saskatchewan. Additionally, applicants under these streams must have a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer to continue working in the province. Specific streams prioritize workers with experience in sectors facing labor shortages within the province.
 
1. Saskatchewan Existing Work Permit
2. Saskatchewan Health Professionals
3. Saskatchewan Hospitality Sector Project
4. Saskatchewan Long-Haul Truck Driver Project
5. Saskatchewan Students

 

Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm

 

The Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm streams consist of two immigration pathways tailored for individuals possessing business management expertise seeking to establish new business ventures in Saskatchewan. The Entrepreneurial Stream accommodates general entrepreneurs with business proposals spanning various sectors, whereas the Farm Owner and Operator Stream caters specifically to entrepreneurs within the farming sector.
 
1. Saskatchewan Entrepreneur
2. Saskatchewan Farm Owners and Operators

 

Know Saskatchewan

 

Saskatchewan is located in the Canadian prairie region, bordering Alberta to the west, Manitoba to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, and the American states of Montana and North Dakota to the south. Saskatchewan is Canada's "sunniest" province, with an average of 2,000 to 2,500 hours of sunshine annually.
 
The province has a population of just over 1.1 million, with Regina, the capital, having approximately 240,000 inhabitants, and Saskatoon, the largest city, with a population of 300,000.
Saskatchewan is home to 72 First Nations of Canada, with reserve lands scattered throughout the province. Historically, immigrants were attracted to Saskatchewan by the availability of extensive areas of fertile land. Today, it is primarily the province's rapidly growing modern economy that attracts new immigrants to build their lives in Saskatchewan.

 

Standard of Living in Saskatchewan

 

Saskatchewan has a high standard of living, which helps attract immigrants to settle in the province. The average household income is approximately $80,000, higher than the Canadian average, and the minimum wage is $10.20. The cost of living in Saskatchewan is quite affordable by Canadian standards. Housing costs are among the lowest in Canada, and natural resources help keep energy costs low.
 
Saskatchewan has a strong tradition of publicly funded social programs, which significantly contribute to maintaining high living standards for all residents of the province. It was former Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas, considered the father of Medicare in Canada, who led the initiative for universal free healthcare that has since been adopted across Canada.
 
If you are interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan, contact our team! We can help you at any stage of your process.
 
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