Saskatchewan PNP

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 live permanently in Saskatchewan; 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. All applicants must also apply for residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Canadian Immigration Commission.

There are three SINP categories and their streams you can apply to.

  • International Skilled Worker Category is for skilled workers abroad who want to work and live in Saskatchewan.
  • International Skilled Worker: Employment Category
  • International Skilled Worker: Occupation-In Demand
  • International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category is for foreign nationals who are currently living and working in Saskatchewan.
  • Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit
  • Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit
  • Health Professionals
  • Hospitality Sector Project
  • Long-Haul truck Driver Project
  • Students
  • Entrepreneur Category is for entrepreneurs who plan to start a business in Saskatchewan.
  • Farm Category is for experienced farmers who plan to buy and run a farm in Saskatchewan.

Link to: Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupation List 

International skilled worker: Employment Category

This sub-category is for skilled workers who:

  • Have a job offer for a skilled occupation in Saskatchewan; and
  • Meet the criteria of the sub-category. Criteria can change at any time, but an individual must keep updated to the Saskatchewan information.

Eligibility

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 Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) ;
  • Have at least one-year work experience in the past ten years in your intended occupation;
  • Have a language score of at least a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
    • Employers and regulatory bodies may ask for language scores that are higher than CLB 4;
    • Show proof of eligibility, if your profession or trade need or calls for a license or training in Saskatchewan;
    • You’ll also be required to see if your intended occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan, go to Regulated Occupations and Licensing Requirements.
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment in Saskatchewan. You’ll need a valid SINP Job Approval Letter to show proof of this. There’s no specific list of jobs, but your offer is required to be in an occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan.
    • Food and Beverage Servers/Persons should apply under the Hospitality Sector Project sub-category. Health Professionals should apply under the Health Professionals sub- category.

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.

Assessment Rating

You’ll need to score at least 60 out of 100 points on the point assessment grid to be considered for nomination by the SINP.

Points are awarded based on the following five factors:

  • Education and training;
  • Skilled work experience;
  • Language ability;
  • Age; and,
  • Connection(s) and adaptability to the Saskatchewan labour market.

Be sure to give documents to prove that you’re eligible and meet the five factors above.

 

International Skilled Worker: 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.

Eligibility

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 a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
    • Employers and regulatory bodies may ask for language scores that are higher than 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 with this.
  • For degrees and diplomas obtained outside of Canada, you must have an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
  • Have at least one-year work experience in the past 10 years:
    • In your field of education or training occupation, and
    • In a high skilled occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0” that’s included on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List.
  • Show proof of your designated position or job role need training, certificate or license in your trade according to Canadian standards, all other required documents along with this must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

The federal government sets the number 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.

Assessment Rating

Same in all Categories as given above

International Skilled Worker: 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.

Eligibility

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:

  • Are accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry Pool, have an Express Entry profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Provide valid language test results from a designated testing agency. The results should match what you stated in your Express Entry profile.
  • 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.
  • For degrees or diplomas obtained outside Canada, you must have an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization, as per IRCC’s list of approved organizations.
  • Have at least one of the following in your field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Have work experience in a high skilled occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0” that’s included on the SINP In-Demand Occupation List.
  • Show proof of your designated position or job role need training, certificate or license in your trade according to Canadian standards, all other required documents along with this must be included in your application or your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will not be refunded.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.

The federal government sets the total of nominations the SINP can make every year. The SINP accepts a maximum number of applications each year. No application is guaranteed to be accepted and/or nominated.

Assessment Rating

Same in All Categories a given above

Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit

This sub-category is for skilled workers who:

  • Have been working in Saskatchewan for at least six months, with a valid work permit; and
  • Meet the sub-category criteria.

Eligibility

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 worked 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.

Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit

This sub-category is for semi-skilled workers who:

  • Have been working in Saskatchewan for at least six months, with a valid work permit; and
  • Meet the sub-category criteria.

Eligibility

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 the following National Occupation Classification (NOC) occupations:
    • NOC 8431: General Farm Worker
    • NOC 8432: Nursery and Greenhouse Worker.
  • 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 worked in for the past six months.
    • Your work permit must be for one of the following programs:
      • Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program;
      • International Experience Canada; or the,
      • Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
    • Have completed the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school education (high school) or above, as verified by a valid Educational Credential Assessment.
    • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if your job offer is in a NOC ‘C’ occupation.

Health Professionals

This stream is for skilled workers who:

  • Have been working full-time in Saskatchewan for at least six months, on a temporary work permit as a:
    • Physician;
    • Nurse; or
    • Other health professional.
  • Meet the SINP criteria for nomination.

Application Streams

You can apply for SINP nomination as a Health Professional, through any of these three streams that may apply to you:

  • Physicians;
  • Nurses; or
  • Other Health Professions.

If you don’t work in Saskatchewan, you’ll need to contact the right organization to find out what studies, examinations and/or certifications you’ll need to work here:

  • Physicians:Contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (COPSS).
  • Nurses:Contact one of the following that applies to you:
    • The Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN);
    • The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS); or;
    • The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA).
  • Other Health Professions

Hospitality Sector Project

This sub-category is for foreign workers who want to apply for permanent residency and:

  • Are working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit;
  • Have been working with an SINP Hospitality-approved employer for a minimum of six months (960 hours); and
  • Are working in one of the following jobs:
    • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6513)
    • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6711)
    • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6731)
  • Meet the sub-category criteria.

ELIGIBILITY

To apply for SINP nomination through this sub-category, you must:

  • Have a valid work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for one of the following:
    • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6513)
    • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6711)
    • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6731)
  • Have completed at least Grade 12 education (or its equivalent).
  • Work for an employer that has been approved by the SINP to participate in the Hospitality Sector Project. The SINP won’t accept applications from hospitality sector employees who begin working for their employer before the employer receives SINP approval.
    • To find out if your employer is SINP-approved, ask for a copy of their letter of approval.
  • Work in Saskatchewan for at least six months and meet your entire employer’s work and performance standards.
  • Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment from an approved Saskatchewan Hospitality employer
  • Have at least a minimum Canadian Language Benchmarks of (CLB) 4 or higher English language ability in all four categories (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter

Temporary Foreign Workers

If you're a temporary foreign worker and are interested in this sub-category:
  1. Your employer would have to submit a completed SINP-500-4 Hospitality Sector Recruitment and Retention Plan to the SINP.
  2. Once this plan is approved and you’ve completed the requirements for nomination, you can apply to the SINP in this sub-category.

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

Long-Haul Truck Drivers

This sub-category allows trucking firms to bring long-haul truck drivers to Saskatchewan. To qualify for this project, long-haul truck drivers:

  • Must begin working for an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan on a temporary foreign work permit.
  • If an approved trucking firm offers permanent employment, the trucker may apply to the SINP for permanent resident status after at least six months employment.
  • Meet the sub-category criteria.

Eligibility

To apply for SINP nomination through this sub-category, you must:

  • Be working for an SINP-approved Saskatchewan trucking firm for at least six months on a temporary work permit. The permit must be issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Service Canada;
  • Have a current Saskatchewan Class 1A driver’s licence;
  • Have an offer of full-time, permanent employment from your employer which must be an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan; and,
  • Have at least Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher English language ability in all four categories (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

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

STUDENTS

This sub-category is for students who:

  • Have graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada.
  • Want to apply for nomination by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
  • Meet the sub-category criteria.

Students may apply to any of the other SINP categories, if they meet their criteria.

Eligibility

Students who have graduated from a Saskatchewan institute

You may qualify in this sub-category if:

  • You’ve graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan with:
    • A certificate;
    • A diploma; or
    • A degree.
  • You’ve worked for a minimum of 6 months (or 960 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan.
  • Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include:
    • On- campus;
    • Off-campus;
    • Co-op terms;
    • Graduate fellowships that can be verified by your institution; and
    • Work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • You currently hold a valid post-graduation work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer. The job should be:
    • In an occupation in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B”, “0” or
    • In a designated trade, or
    • A job offer that is related to your field of study and requires post-secondary education.
      • Food and Beverage Servers/Persons must apply under the Hospitality Sector Project sub-category.
    • You have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.
    • You must have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if your job offer is in a NOC “C” occupation.

Students who have graduated from an institute in Canada

You may qualify in this sub-category if:

  • You’ve graduated from a program equivalent to at least one academic year (8 months) of full-time study from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada (outside of Saskatchewan) with:
    • A certificate;
    • A diploma; or
    • A degree
  • You’ve applied for, and received a valid post-graduation work permit from IRCC.
  • You’ve worked after graduation with a post-grad work permit for at least six consecutive months (minimum 960 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan in a position related to your field of study.
    • Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer. The job should be:
    • In an occupation in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B”, “0” or
    • In a designated trade, or
    • A job offer that is related to your field of study and requires post-secondary education.
      • Food and Beverage Servers/Persons must apply under the Hospitality Sector Project sub-category.
    • You have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.
    • You must have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 if your job offer is in a NOC ‘C’ occupation.

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

Entrepreneur Application – SINP

Please see the new section below “Applying for a Temporary Work Permit (TWP)”.

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

There are three steps to the nomination process:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI) submission to the SINP
  2. EOI Selection and Invitation to Submit an Application
  3. Nomination

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

Before You Submit Your EOI

Note the following important information, before you submit you’re EOI:

  • To submit an EOI to the SINP, you must:
    • Meet the minimum entry criteria; and
    • Complete the Points Assessment Grid, to be scored once your EOI is in the pool of candidates.
  • 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.
  • We’ll assess the information you provide in your EOI against the points grid to rank your EOI in the pool of candidates. Candidates are then selected from the EOI system based on their score, with top scoring EOIs being prioritized for selection. Selected candidates are invited to apply to the SINP.
  • If you are invited to apply you must submit a Business Establishment Plan (BEP) that corresponds to the information in your EOI. Your BEP must include:
    • Your plan to set up a business that aligns with the points assigned in the Entrepreneur Category Points Grid, if applicable (for investment amount and sector);
    • Your ownership of at least one third (33 1/3 per cent) of the equity of a business in Saskatchewan, unless your total investment is $1 million CAD or higher;
    • Your commitment to provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business; and
    • The creation of two employment opportunities in Saskatchewan for Canadians or permanent residents who are not related to you.
      • This only applies if you’re establishing a new business in Regina or Saskatoon.

Please note that the SINP reserves the right to have Business Establishment Plans assessed by professional third parties identified by the Government of Saskatchewan. The assessment conducted by Third Parties will focus on the preparation and due diligence conducted by the applicant in preparing their proposed business plan.

Required Documents

Required documents are the documents required for your immigration application (e.g. documents that prove your identity, entrepreneurial experience, language ability, finances, etc.).

For a complete list of required documents, review:

  • SINP Entrepreneur Category Document Checklist
  • Third Party Entrepreneur Category Document Checklist

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.

Introduction

If you’re interested in owning and run a fully operational farm in Saskatchewan this stream is for you.

2. Eligibility

To be approved for nomination in this category, you’ll need all the following:

  • Available Equity:You’ll have to give financial documents that show a net worth of $500,000 (CAD).
  • Refundable Cash Deposit:You will have to sign a Performance Agreement that is, you’ll be committing to purchase and actively operating a farm operation in Saskatchewan. You’ll also need to make a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 (CAD) in trust. The cash deposit will be returned to you when you’ve met the terms of the Performance Agreement. If you don’t meet the terms within two years of landing in Saskatchewan, the deposit will be forfeited to the Province.
  • Mandatory visit to Saskatchewan:You’ll need to make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for at least five working days. You must meet with an SINP representative on your visit.
  • Farm operation knowledge and experience:You’ll need to give documentation (e.g. education and training, work experience, financial documents of your earlier operations) that proves you’re an experienced farm operator. If necessary, SINP will verify this information further through an interview when you are in Saskatchewan.
  • A practical, well-thought-out proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity. 

Provincial and Federal immigration program criteria can change at any time.  SINP applicants will be assessed against Provincial program criteria and eligibility requirements in place when their application was submitted.

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

Farm Owners and Operators – Young Farmer Stream

The Young Farmer stream of the Farm Owners and Operators class was created to allow young farm families to set up 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. SINP will 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. Your proposal should be based on research, consultations or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan agricultural conditions. Hobby farms don’t qualify. Also, the farming proposal should be a commercial project with a reasonable expectation of profit. In Saskatchewan, a qualified farming business must have a minimum of $10,000 CAD annual revenue.
  • And you or your spouse must have money-making employment skills, based on education and experience that allows you to supplement your farming income.

Process:

  1. Intake
  2. Pre-Screening
  3. Application Processing Fee
  4. Assessment and Optional Interview
  5. Nomination
  6. Apply for PR( After Nomination)
  7. Landing in Saskatchewan
  8. Return of the Good Faith Deposit

 

Contact Us to discuss your profile and eligibility.