Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s fastest-growing provinces located in Western Canada’s parade region. It is rich in farmlands and is known as Canada’s hub of agricultural production. The province is home to two major cities in Canada, Saskatoon and Regina, and has an immigration pathway, the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP).
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is one of Canada’s immigration pathways. It is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that enables foreign individuals to become permanent residents of Canada.
This program welcomes immigrants who possess the skills and abilities to work in sectors with labour shortages in the province. It allows the province to nominate non-Canadian applicants with the required skills and experiences for Permanent Residence (PR).
What are the Programs Under SINP?
The Saskatchewan province welcomes immigrants in the following categories:
- Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker
- Worker with Saskatchewan Work Experience
- Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm
Worker With Saskatchewan Work Experience
This category is for international workers who already have temporary residence in the province. It is also for foreign nationals with a valid work permit or a temporary work permit. This category is divided into the following streams:
- Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit
- Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit
- Long-haul Truck Driver Project
- Hospitality Sector Pilot Project
Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker
This category targets foreign nationals who possess the required skills and abilities to fill the gaps in the province’s labour market. To qualify, applicants must meet the needs of the desired occupation on the Saskatchewan list.
This category is divided into the following streams:
- Employment offer
- Saskatchewan Express Entry
- Occupation in demand
Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm
This is the business immigration category. It is strategically designed for immigrants who want to start farming in the province. It operates on three different streams targeting foreigners who are willing to create a new business in the province:
- Farm owner and operator
- International graduate entrepreneur
Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Saskatchewan PNP
Below is the eligibility criteria to apply for SINP:
- Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code
- Proof of Saskatchewan study and/or work experience
- Language test results such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS, GENERAL TRAINING) – Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). And Test d ‘evaluation de français (TEF) for French
- Post-secondary education qualification or training
- Full-time work experience for one year in NOC I, A or B Skilled Occupations
- Proof of employment and reference letter
- Proof of professional status or licensure
Documents Required to Apply for Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Program
The documents needed for the Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Program may differ across the different categories and streams. However, here is a general list:
- Valid passport
- Medical test results
- Identity proof
- Bank statements
- Proof of funds
- Police Clearance Certificate or evidence of character
- Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
- Language proficiency test results
- Settlement plan
- Letter of employment
- Evidence of past work experience
- Marriage certificate – if your spouse is immigrating with you
- Dependent Children Information Certificate – if your dependent child is accompanying you.
Also, you will need to score at least 60 out of 110 points on the SINP point assessment grid. These points are based on the following:
- Your age
- Communication skills
- Blood relative in the province
- Job offer letter
How to Apply for the Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Program
There are two ways you can apply for the SINP; the Express Entry system and the non-Express Entry system:
First, you have to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI). If accepted, then apply for SINP online and critically follow all application procedures.
To apply through the Express Entry system:
- Create an Express Entry Profile
- Select Saskatchewan as your preferred residence
- Create a profile on the online profile of SINP
- Complete all formalities and wait to be asked for your documents
- Upload your documents in PDF format
- If accepted, you will receive a provincial nomination
- Then apply for a permanent residence
- Get your visa and move to Canada!
What is the Cost of SINP?
The Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program costs a non-refundable fee of $350re are other fees you might need to pay:
Right of Permanent Residence Fee – $500
Dependent child – $225.
Overall, the application process for SINP takes about six months to complete.