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Skilled Worker Immigration

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offers you a way to immigrate to Canada. Through the SINP, Saskatchewan:

  • Invites residency applications from non-Canadians who want to make Saskatchewan their home; and
  • Nominates successful applicants to the federal government, so they can gain permanent residency in Canada.

The SINP is only one of the steps toward becoming a permanent resident in Saskatchewan. Via this, the prospective immigrants having experience and skills required by the province can get the Saskatchewan provincial nomination certificate. All applicants must also apply for residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Canadian Immigration Commission.
In addition, the SINP offers applicants:

  • Competitive application processing times,
  • Assistance from provincial immigration officers who are available to explain program requirements and processes.

The Government of Saskatchewan makes the ultimate decision on SINP nominations. When successful candidates apply for permanent resident status with IRCC, they’ll be identified as SINP nominees. Every year, the SINP accepts a maximum number of applicants in each category. This helps make the program more efficient.

Submitting an Application

  • You can only apply through our online application system.
  • Once you’ve completed the online application, paid the fee and reached the Submit Confirmation page, you’ll be asked to confirm the application submission.
  • Your application will be received after you click the submit button online.
  • You will receive no further notifications about your application until your application is pre-screened.
  • Applications are date-stamped electronically once they’re submitted, and a file number is assigned to each application upon submission.
  • Applicants can only have one active application with the SINP at any one time.

Categories Under SINP

International Skilled Worker Category: is for skilled workers abroad who want to work and live in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Experience Category: is for foreign nationals who are currently living and working in Saskatchewan.
Entrepreneur Category: is for entrepreneurs who plan to start a business in Saskatchewan.
Farm Category: is for experienced farmers who plan to buy and operate a farm in Saskatchewan.

International Skilled Worker Application – SINP

Through this category, the SINP can nominate skilled workers who want to live and work in Saskatchewan. You’ll need to meet the SINP criteria and have factors that will help you settle successfully in Saskatchewan, including but not limited to: education, skilled work experience, and English or French Language ability. Its most prominent advantages are:

  • The application processing time is shorter than other visa applications.
  • You only need to have 4.5 bands in IELTS in order to be eligible.
  • You can apply even at the age of 49 years
  • There is no need for a job letter from Saskatchewan or Canada.

Occupation In-Demand

This sub-category is for skilled workers who don’t have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly skilled in an in-demand occupation in the province, and meet the sub-category criteria. To be eligible for this sub-category, you must pay a non-refundable $350 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step required in order to submit your application.

You may qualify for this sub-category if you live outside Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada, are not a refugee claimant and:

  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid;
  • Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
  • Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree.
    i.  For all education obtained outside Canada, such as an academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
    ii.  Individuals who have completed trades or vocational training as part of their high school education are not required to submit an ECA, but must instead apply for Saskatchewan licensure.
  • Have experience in an occupation that is high skilled and not on the Excluded Occupation List. The minimum required work experience in your high skilled occupation is:
    i.  For skilled professionals: one year work experience in the past 10 years; or
    ii.  For skilled tradespeople: two years work experience in a skilled trade:
    iii.  One year work experience in Canada in the past three years.

You must include all other required documents in your application. Missing documents will result in your incomplete application being returned. Your application fee will not be refunded.

An International Skilled Worker EOI is a pre-application process which allows candidates to fill in an online form to indicate their interest in applying to the SINP and demonstrate their qualifications. Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP.

There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an EOI, however, candidates can only have one EOI profile.

Assessment Criteria

You must score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 points on the Point Assessment Grid to be considered for nomination. You are awarded points on the basis of five factors:

  • education and training;
  • skilled work experience;
  • language ability;
  • age;
  • connections to the Saskatchewan labour market and adaptability.

You must attach documents to support the information for the eligibility criteria and points factors. For example, if you claim 20 points for having a university degree, you must attach a copy of your university degree and complete transcripts. If your degree is printed in a language other than English or French, you must also attach a translated version.

International Skilled Worker Application- Saskatchewan Express Entry

This sub-category is for skilled workers who:

  • Want to live and work in Saskatchewan;
  • Are in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Pool; and
  • Meet the sub-category criteria. Criteria can change at any time, but we’ll use what was on this website when we received your complete application.

To apply for this sub-category, you must submit an Expression of Interest. Candidates that are eligible and meet selection criteria will receive an invitation to submit an application. The points scores associated with an Expression of Interest profile will determine the likelihood of receiving an invitation. Those with high scores within the pool of candidates will have a greater chance of being invited to apply.

Application Process

When you receive an Invitation to Apply, you must pay a non-refundable $350 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step required in order to submit your complete application. The process includes:

  • Obtain all the required documents. Complete the provincial, federal and any other forms that apply to your situation.
  • Review and organize your completed forms and supporting documents to ensure you have a complete application package.
  • Apply at SINP Apply Online. If you received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as an EOI candidate, you must login using the same account that you created for your EOI profile.
  • Scan and upload all your completed forms and required documents in PDF format onto your online application. Keep the originals for your records.
  • Save, pay the fee (Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand subcategories only) and submit your application online.

Your application may be rejected if documents are:

  • Missing;
  • Not translated; or
  • Unclear.

If the SINP rejects your application, we will send you instructions on what is required or missing and how to apply again. Applicants can only have one active application with the SINP at any one time. Multiple applications will not be accepted.

Worker with Saskatchewan Work Experience Application – SINP

This category is for foreign workers who are currently working and living in Saskatchewan on a valid work permit; and would like to apply for permanent residency through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Those who can apply under this category includes:

  • Skilled Worker With Existing Work Permit
  • Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit
  • Health Professionals
  • Hospitality Sector Project
  • Long-Haul Truck Driver Project
  • Post-secondary Institution Students

Eligibility Criteria

You may qualify for this stream if you:

  • Have a permanent full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. The job is required to be in National Occupation Classification (NOC) Matrix “A”, “B” or “0”; or in a designated trade;
  • Food and Beverage Servers/Persons must apply under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project sub-category.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter; and
  • Have worked for more than six months for the employer offering you the job, with a valid work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).Your permanent, full-time job offer must be for the same position that you have been working in for the past six months.
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if your job offer is in a NOC ‘C’ occupation.
  • Have proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if your occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensure.

The federal government sets the amount of nominations the SINP can make every year. The SINP also has a maximum number of application thresholds for each year. No application is guaranteed to be accepted and/or nominated.

Farm Owner and Operator Application – SINP

This category is for those who’d like to move to Saskatchewan and who:

  • Have proven experience in farming;
  • Have considerable capital (money, assets) to invest in a farming operation; and
  • Plan to buy and run a farm in Saskatchewan.

Farm Owners and Operators – Young Farmer Stream

The Young Farmer stream of the Farm Owners and Operators category was created to allow young farm families to establish their lives and farming operations in rural areas of Saskatchewan.

Application Criteria

To be approved for nomination in this stream, you’ll need to:

  • Have a personal net worth of at least $300,000 (CAD) that can be confirmed.
  • Have accumulated your net worth legally. We should be able to confirm this as well.
  • Be under the age of 40 at the time of your application.
  • Have at least three years experience in:
  • Farm ownership;
  • Farm management; or
  • Practical farming experience.
  • Provide a documented proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity.

In addition to all the above, you or your spouse must have marketable employment skills, based on education and experience that allows you to supplement your farming income.

How To Apply?

You have to submit all the documents listed in the SINP Farm Category Application Document Checklist. If you live in, or are a citizen of a country in the Country Specific Checklist, make sure you include the documents required for this country in the application, or your application won’t be accepted for processing.

Document Translation

All your documents must be in English of French. If they’re in another language, you must submit;

  • A photocopy of the original document;
  • A photocopy of its translation; and
  • A Translator Affidavit that describes the ability of the translator.

Translations may be done by anyone, except:

  • Your spouse;
  • A member of your family; or
  • A paid third party that has prepared your application to the SINP.

Some Canadian visa offices ask that documents are translated by a certified translator. The SINP doesn’t ask for this, but you should still make sure your translated documents meet all federal requirements.

Language Assessment for SINP Application

You must include an official language assessment as part of your SINP application for:

  • The International Skilled Workers Category
  • The Long Haul Truck Driver Project Sub-Category
  • The Hospitality Sector Project Sub-Category

You’ll also need to include an assessment if you have a valid job offer in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) C or D occupation. This will meet Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s minimum language requirements for the Provincial Nominee Program.

There may be an English language requirement if your job offer is in a regulated occupation. Ask your regulatory body if you need to be tested for English.

Business Immigration

Entrepreneur Application – SINP

Through the SINP Entrepreneur Program, you and your family can start, obtain or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in managing it, while residing in Saskatchewan. The entrepreneur category process includes the following nomination process:

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) submission to the SINP
  • EOI Selection and Invitation to Submit an Application
    i. Candidates’ EOIs are selected based on their points score with those with the highest points selected during each draw. The number selected is dependent on program requirements.
    ii. After candidates are invited to apply, applications are processed in the order that they are received.
  • Business Establishment
  • Nomination

The SINP does not provide priority processing or preferential treatment for any applications, and all applicants must meet all program requirements.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) System

The EOI is not an application; it is an expression of your interest in the SINP. Prospective immigrants will indicate their interest in operating a business and living in Saskatchewan by providing required information about their entrepreneurial experience, assets, and Business Establishment Plan (BEP), among other factors.

  • Candidates who meet the minimum entry eligibility criteria will be accepted in the EOI candidate pool.
  • Once submitted, EOIs are scored and ranked using the points grid.

To meet the minimum entry criteria you must:

  • Have $500,000 (CAD) at minimum in Net Business and Personal Assets;
  • Have a minimum of three years of relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience gained in the past ten years; and,
  • Intend to invest a minimum of $300,000 (CAD) in Regina and Saskatoon or a minimum of $200,000 (CAD) in all other Saskatchewan communities.
Age Limit: 55 years
Educational Qualifications: Post Secondary
Language Requirements: Band 5