Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Saskatchewan-Immigrant Nominee-Program

The Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program was launched to help address Saskatchewan’s needs in the economic and labour markets.

Saskatchewan’s provincial program has been very successful, and 7 of the 10 newcomers immigrated to the province through the SINP.

The SINP program has a reputation for being an “easy PNP” because it provides a variety of immigration options to the candidates.

There are four SNIP programs:

  • International Skilled Worker
  • Worker with Saskatchewan Work Experience
  • Entrepreneur
  • Farm Owner and Operator

International Skilled Worker Category

To be eligible to be nominated, the applicants must meet the criteria of the SINP and provide all of the required documents listed on the government website. There is a non-refundable application fee for some categories.

The order of application review is made according to the order in which the application is received for each category.

The International Skilled Worker (ISW) category may be suitable for skilled workers living abroad who wish to work and live in Saskatchewan. This stream has subcategories.

International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have a job offer for a skilled occupation in Saskatchewan and living abroad or in Canada and who meet the criteria of the sub-category.

International Skilled Worker: Tech Talent Pathway

This sub-category is for high-skilled technology and innovation sector workers who have a job offer in a high-skilled occupation in Saskatchewan, live in Canada or abroad, and meet the sub-category criteria. The applicant may be in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Pool, but it is not required.

International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand

This sub-category is for skilled workers who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly skilled in an in-demand occupation living in Canada or abroad and meet the criteria of the sub-category.

International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry

This sub-category is for skilled workers who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan, live abroad or in Canada, are in the IRCC Express Entry Pool, and meet the sub-category criteria.

Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot

This sub-category is for intermediate and lower-skilled workers who have a job offer in Saskatchewan from an eligible intermediate or low-skilled occupation, are either living in Canada or abroad, and meet the criteria of the pilot.

Worker with Saskatchewan Work Experience

To be eligible to be nominated, the applicants must meet the criteria of the SINP and provide all of the required documents listed on the government website. There is a non-refundable application fee for some categories.

The order of application review is made according to the order in which the application is received for each category.

The Saskatchewan Experience (In-SK)  category is for foreign work permit holders currently working and living in Saskatchewan. This stream has six subcategories.

Skilled Worker With Existing Work Permit

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have a valid work permit, have a permanent, full-time job offer from an eligible NOC, have worked for at least six months for the employer offering the permanent job, have proof of the language ability of CLB 4, have a valid Job Approval Letter; and have proof of eligibility for licensure if required.

Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker With Existing Work Permit

This sub-category is for semi-skilled workers who have been working for more than six months with a valid work permit for the employer offering a job or have previously worked in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months. In addition, who has a permanent full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer? The job is required to be one of the following National Occupation Classification (NOC) occupations:

  • NOC 885100: Livestock labourers
  • NOC 85101: Harvesting labourers
  • NOC 84120: Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • NOC 85103: Nursery and Greenhouse labourers

Health Professionals 

This sub-category is for skilled workers working full-time in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit for at least six months as a Physician, Nurse, or Other health professional. In addition, they must meet the criteria of the sub-category.

Hospitality Sector Project

This sub-category is for foreign workers who want to be a PR holder, are working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit through a Labour Market Impact Assessment with an SINP Hospitality-approved employer for a minimum of six months, are working Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6513), Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6711), or Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6731) and meet the criteria of the sub-category.

Long-Haul Truck Driver Project 

This sub-category is for long-haul truck drivers who will work for an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit based on a positive LMIA and meet the criteria of the sub-category.

Students

This sub-category is for students who Graduated from a Saskatchewan institute or a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada, have work experience for a minimum of 6 months of paid employment in Saskatchewan, have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in the field of study from a Saskatchewan employer, and must meet the criteria of the sub-category.

Entrepreneur and Farm Category

To be eligible for nomination, you must meet the criteria of the SINP and provide all of the required documents listed below. There is an application fee, which is non-refundable if applicable to the category you are applying for.

The order of application review is made according to the order in which the application is received for each category.

Entrepreneur Category

This category is for foreign nationals who wish to acquire or become partners in a business in Saskatchewan and who wish to be actively involved in the management of that business while residing in Saskatchewan.

There are four steps to the nomination process:

  • First, the applicant submits an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP
  • The second step is EOI Selection and Invitation to Submit an Application. 
  • The third step is establishing the Business.
  • The last one is Nomination; the applicants and their families residing in Saskatchewan can start, obtain or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in managing it.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

This category is for international students graduating from Saskatchewan institutions who want to become entrepreneurs. The applicants and their families can start, obtain or be partners in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in managing it while residing in Saskatchewan with the SINP Entrepreneur Program.

There are four steps to the nomination process:

  1. The submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP.
  2. EOI Selection and Invitation to Submit an Application.
  3. Establishing the Business.
  4. The nomination step. 

Farm Owner and Operator Category

This category is for foreign nationals who’d like to move to Saskatchewan, have proven their experience in farming, have considerable capital to invest in a farming operation, and plan to buy a farm in Saskatchewan.

This category is strictly for businesses in primary agricultural production.

Farm Owner and Operator

    This category is for those who want to move to Saskatchewan, have experience in farming, have capital to invest in a farming operation and plan to buy a farm in Saskatchewan.

    This category is only for businesses in primary agricultural production. Find more information on agri-business operations on the website.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible in this category, the applicants must:

    • Provide financial documents that show a net worth of $500,000 (CAD).
    • Sign a Performance Agreement to purchase and actively operate a farm in Saskatchewan. The applicants must also make a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 (CAD) in trust. 
    • Make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for at least five working days.
    • Provide documents that demonstrate the applicant is an experienced farm operator. The province may verify this information further through an interview.
    • A practical, well-thought-out proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity. 

    Since the Provincial and Federal immigration program criteria can change anytime, you can always check the up-to-date information on the requirements for Permanent Residence applications on IRCC.

    Farm Owners and Operators

    The application criteria to be approved for nomination:

    • Must have a net worth of at least $500,000 (CAD) accumulated legally.
    • Must have at least three years of experience in Farm ownership, Farm management and Practical farming experience.
    • Give a proposal based on research, consultations or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan agricultural conditions for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity with plans to invest a minimum of $150,000 (CAD).
    • Score 55 points on the Farm Owner/Operator Category Intent Grid.

    Farm Owners and Operators – Young Farmer Stream

    The Young Farmer stream was created to enable young farming families looking to establish their living and farming operations in rural areas of Saskatchewan.

    To be approved for nomination, the applicants must:

    • Have a net worth of at least $300,000 (CAD) accumulated legally.
    • Be under 40 at the time of the application submission.
    • Have at least three years of experience in Farm ownership, Farm management, and Practical farming.
    • Give a proposal based on research, consultations, or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan’s agricultural conditions for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity.
    • The applicant or the applicant’s spouse must have employment skills based on education and experience to supplement their farming income.

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