Saskatchewan is a province in the very centre of Canada that has a booming economy thanks to an abundance of minerals, oil, natural gas, and potash. With friendly communities, a reasonable cost of living, plenty of jobs, and more sunshine each year than any other Canadian province, Saskatchewan is an extremely popular destination for new Canadians to settle. The easiest way to immigrate to Saskatchewan is with a provincial nomination within the Express Entry Canada immigration system.
Saskatchewan is the central province of Canada bordered on the east and west by Manitoba and Alberta respectively, the Northwest Territories to the north, and by North Dakota and Montana to the south. Saskatchewan’s climate is dry but has varied temperatures. Summers are very warm and winters are bitterly cold. It is also the sunniest province in Canada. This makes it the perfect place for the outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, canoeing, and other nature activities in all sorts of weather. Just over one million people call Saskatchewan home, with a massive majority residing in the southern parts of the province. The province’s major cities of Saskatoon and Regina are home to over 400,000 residents. Whether you desire an urban environment, a rural one, or a bit of both, Saskatchewan has something to offer. Saskatchewan is a beautiful province that truly provides something for everyone.
Express Entry Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows the province to nominate people to be admitted to Canada by the Federal Government that have the skills and experience most desired in the local economy. In addition to helping people who have the precise skills that are in high demand locally, the Saskatchewan PNP also helps people who currently live and work in Saskatchewan, or who have a desire to invest in or begin a business in the province. The Saskatchewan immigration process through the SINP allows qualified individuals and families to bypass the potentially more difficult and complicated process of immigrating by applying directly to the Canadian government. Foreign nationals can immigrate to Saskatchewan through the SINP in two different ways. The first option is to apply directly to the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program by sending the program an Expression of Interest or EOI. If nominated, the prospective immigrant can then create a new Express Entry profile and import their credentials into the system.
The other option is to begin the Saskatchewan immigration process by creating a new Express Entry profile and formally indicating an interest in the province. Immigration Saskatchewan can then select interested individuals and invite them to apply to the SINP. Once nominated, your Express Entry profile will be immediately credited with your Saskatchewan nomination certificate giving you an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. You can then receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada during the next Express Entry draw. Our experienced Canadian immigration professional is able to optimize your Express Entry profile for Saskatchewan immigration through the SINP 2018. We can also help you apply to the Saskatchewan PNP, and if given a nomination can professionally prepare your Canadian PR application. Applications for Canada permanent residency that are submitted through Express Entry are processed much quicker, with most applications being adjudicated in under 6 months.
Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupations:
The following occupations are considered “in demand” by the Saskatchewan Nominee Program. Applicants whose occupation is classified under a different National Occupational Classification (NOC) than the ones listed below will not be eligible under certain “high demand skilled work” SINP streams.
- Oil and Gas Drillers / Servicers / Testers or related workers (NOC 8232, skill level B)
- Carpenters (NOC 7271, skill level B)
- Steamfitters / Pipefitters / Sprinkler System Installers (NOC 7252, skill level B)
- Roofers / Shinglers (NOC 7291, skill level B)
- University Professors (NOC 4121, skill level A)
- Industrial Electricians (NOC 7242, skill level B)
- Plumbers (NOC 7251, skill level B)
- Bricklayers (NOC 7281, skill level B)
- Electricians, excluding industrial and power system professionals (NOC 7241, skill level B)
- Concrete Finishers (NOC 7282, skill level B)
- Supervisors / Motor Transport and other Ground Transit Operators (NOC 7222, skill level B)
- Computer Network Technicians (NOC 2281, skill level B)
- Business Development Officers / Marketing Researchers / Consultants (NOC 4163, skill level A)
- Chemical Technologists / Technicians (NOC 2211, skill level B)
- Construction Estimators (NOC 2234, skill level B)
- Plasterers / Drywall Installers / Finishers / Lathers (NOC 7284, skill level B)
- User Support Technicians (NOC 2282, skill level B)
- Agricultural Service Contractors / Farm Supervisors / Specialized Livestock Workers (NOC 8252, skill level B)
- Painters / Decorators (NOC 7294, skill level B)
- Construction Managers (NOC 0711, skill level 0)
- Refrigeration / Air Conditioning Mechanics (NOC 7313, skill level B)
- Machinists / Machining / Tooling inspectors (NOC 7231, skill level B)
- Biological Technologists / Technicians (NOC 2221, skill level B)
- Information Systems Analysts / Consultants (NOC 2171, skill level A)
- Sheet Metal Workers (NOC 7233, skill level B)
- Electrical or Electronics Engineering Technologists / Technicians (NOC 2241, skill level B)
- Civil Engineers (NOC 2131, skill level A)
- Glaziers (NOC 7292, skill level B)
- Electronic Service Technicians of business or household equipment (NOC 2242, skill level B)
- Tool or Die Makers (NOC 7232, skill level B)
- Mathematicians / Statisticians / Consultants (NOC 2161, skill level A)
- Insulators (NOC 7293, skill level B)
- Drafting Technologists / Technicians (NOC 2253, skill level B)
- Tilesetters (NOC 7283, skill level B)
- Computer Programmers / Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174, skill level A)
- Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics (NOC 7312, skill level B)
- Construction Millwrights / Industrial Mechanics, excluding textile (NOC 7311, skill level B)
- Motor Vehicle Body Repairers (NOC 7322, skill level B)
- Structural Metal / Platework Fabricators or Fitters (NOC 7235, skill level B)
- Automotive Service Technicians / Truck and Bus Mechanics / Mechanical Repairers (NOC 7321, skill level B)
- Land Survey Technologists / Technicians (NOC 2254, skill level B)
- Financial Auditors / Accountants (NOC 1111, skill level A)
- Mechanical Engineering Technologists / Technicians (NOC 2232, skill level B)
- Electrical / Electronics Engineers (NOC 2133, skill level A)
- Systems Testing Technicians (NOC 2283, skill level B)
- Supervisors, Petroleum / Gas / Chemical Processing / Utilities (NOC 9212, skill level B
- Floor Covering Installers (NOC 7295, skill level B)
- Supervisors, Motor Transport (NOC 7305, skill level B)
- Mechanical Engineers (NOC 2132, skill level A)
- Contractors and Supervisors, carpentry trades (NOC 7215, skill level B)
- Telecommunications Installation / Repair Workers (NOC 7246, skill level B)
- Technical Sales Specialists or Wholesale Trade (NOC 6221, skill level A)
- Welders / Related Machine Operators (NOC 7237, skill level B)
- Contractors / Supervisors and other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers (NOC 7219, skill level B)
- Software Engineers / Designers (NOC 2173, skill level A)
- Machine Fitters (NOC 7316, skill level B)
- Inspectors of Agricultural and Fish Products (NOC 2222, skill level B)
- Contractors / Supervisors / Heavy Construction Equipment Crews (NOC 7217, skill level B)
- Supervisors, Food / Beverage / Tobacco Processing (NOC 9213, skill level B)
- Contractors / Supervisors / Heavy Equipment Operator Crews (NOC 7302, skill level B)
The Saskatchewan Experience Category
This SINP category is for potential immigrants who currently live and work in Saskatchewan and who desire to become permanent residents of the province. There are 5 different immigration streams in this Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program category.
Saskatchewan PNP 2018 Experience Category streams:
- Existing Work Permit Sub-Category
- Health Profession Sub-Category
- Hospitality Sector Sub-Category
- Long Haul Truck Driver Sub-Category
- Student Sub-Category
If you have been employed in Saskatchewan for at least six months, have a family member living in the province, or if you have graduated from a post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan this category may be ideal for you.
Existing Work Permit Stream
The SINP Experience Category Existing Work Permit Sub-Category is for skilled workers with a valid work permit who have been employed in the Province of Saskatchewan for 6 months or longer. There are several prerequisites in order to qualify for this 2018 SINP stream.
- You must have a valid Saskatchewan PNP Job Approval Letter
- You must have a permanent full-time employment offer from an eligible Saskatchewan employer for a job considered National Occupation Classification Matrix 0, A, or B, or classified as a designated professional trade
- You must have worked for this Saskatchewan employer for 6 months or longer under a valid Citizenship and Immigration Canada work permit
Health Profession Sub-Category
The Saskatchewan Experience Health Profession Sub-Category is for internationally-trained health professionals who have been employed in the province under a temporary work permit for 6 months or longer. The Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program 2018 sub-category contains three streams.
Health Profession Streams:
- Other Health Professionals
The Physician stream is for foreign trained doctors and surgeons interested in Saskatchewan immigration. There are a number of conditions that must be satisfied in order to be eligible under this stream.
- Must have been practicing as a doctor in the Province of Saskatchewan for 6 months or longer
- Must have a valid Canadian work permit issued by CIC
- Must have a permanent job offer issued by a health education institution or a Saskatchewan health authority where individual is presently employed, or have a permanent arrangement to practice medicine in a provincial medical office with verifiable documents such as a business plan
Before doctors can be accepted under this SINP stream, Immigration Saskatchewan requires a letter of support from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CoPASS) or a letter from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada indicating that you are properly licensed in your particular speciality.
The Nurse stream is for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN), and Psychiatric Nurses who are interested in living and working in the Province. If you are a registered nurse or practical nurse interested in Saskatchewan immigration, this is likely the SINP stream best suited for you. There are specific requirements that must be satisified in order to be considered under the Nursing stream.
- You must have been practicing in Saskatchewan as a nurse for a minimum of 6 months
- You must have a valid Citizenship and Immigration Canada work permit
- You must have an employment offer for a full time permanent job, issued by a health employer, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, or the Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority
The Saskatchewan PNP program also requires a letter of support from the SRNA, SALPN, or RPNAS stating that you have an unrestricted license to practice in the province. In addition to a letter from the appropriate licensing body, the Saskatchewan Nominee Program requires a letter of support from your employer.
Other Health Professionals
The Other Health Professional stream is for people in the healthcare industry that are part of a professional licensing body, if applicable, and who are interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan. In order to be eligible under this stream of the 2018 SINP Experience Category, several conditions must be fulfilled.
- You must have 12 months or greater of job specific training or post-secondary schooling
- Your job must fit under level “A”, “B”, or “0” of the National Occupational Classification Matrix
- You must have been working in the Province of Saskatchewan in a qualifying health occupation for a minimum of 6 months
- You must have a valid Saskatchewan work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- You must have a permanent job offer for full-time work that is issued by an accredited health authority, agency, or employer
- Your employer must provide a letter of support stating that your position was posted in accordance to relevant collective bargaining agreements and is currently vacant
- Your appropriate licensing body must issue a letter of support
Hospitality Sector Project Stream
Foreign workers in Saskatchewan that are employed in the hospitality industry can apply for a SINP nomination under the Hospitality Sector Project Sub-Category or the SINP Experience Category. In order to be eligible for SK immigration under this stream, several requirements must be met.
- You must be a temporary foreign worker in Saskatchewan
- You must have at least a Grade 12 education or its equivalent
- You must have been working for the same approved employer for six months or longer
- You must be employed as a Food or Beverage Server (NOC 6453), a Food Counter Attendant or Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641), or as Housekeeping or Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661)
- Your temporary foreign work permit must be supported by a Service Canada Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
- You must have sufficient English language ability demonstrated by CLB 4 or higher in all four categories of the benchmark test
- Your employer must be approved by the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program
Please note: Saskatchewan businesses that want to access employees through this sub-category must register with the SINP in order to gain approval.
Long Haul Truck Driver Project Stream
Under the SINP Experience Category Long Haul Truck Driver Project stream, foreign workers that are currently employed as truck drivers in Saskatchewan can apply for a provincial nomination towards a Canadian permanent residency visa. This allows Saskatchewan trucking and logistics firms to initially import truckers to the province as temporary foreign workers, and then eventually offer them permanent employment and a chance to become a permanent resident under this SINP sub-category. In order to participate as a trucking firm, there are several requirements that must be met.
Eligibility for Trucking Companies:
- Trucking firm must have been in operation in the Province of Saskatchewan for a minimum of 5 years and must primarily do long-distance shipping either inter-provincially or internationally
- Trucking firm should have zero compliance issues under the National Safety Code (NSC). Company must provide a carrier profile and firm’s safety rating must be satisfactory. Immigration Saskatchewan will verify carrier status and safety performance with the Highway Traffic Board.
- Trucking firm must submit a recruitment and settlement plan for their long-haul trucking business that includes information related to the recruitment and screening of foreign driver applicants, the orientation and training of newly hired foreign drivers, as well as settlement support for recently employed immigrants and their families
- Trucking firm must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and must submit a Human Resource plan for each foreign driver that applies under this SINP stream, in accordance with Service Canada provisions. This plan must include current efforts to attract and train existing citizens and permanent residents of Canada, the benefits to the country and industry by hiring foreigners, and the salary as well as working conditions of each job.
- Trucking firm must provide a copy of the employer-employee contract and permanent job offer that will come into effect after the initial 12 months to both Service Canada as well as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
Before a Saskatchewan logistics company can hire foreign employees, Service Canada also has a number of expectations of the trucking firm.
Service Canada Requirements:
- Company must demonstrate efforts to hire unemployed Canadian workers either through HRSDC or via a provincial employment program
- Company must show valid efforts to recruit Canadians, recent immigrants, Canadian youth, and aboriginal people on an on-going basis
- Company must cover all the recruitment costs associated with hiring a foreign worker
- Company must pay full airfare for the foreign worker to travel to and from their country of origin
- Company must assist workers with locating a suitable and affordable place to live
- Company must consult with local union if the job is covered under a collective agreement
- Company must provide adequate medical coverage until the foreign worker is eligible to be covered under Saskatchewan health insurance coverage
- Company must sign a suitable employer-employee contract that outlines duties, wages, conditions, health and occupational safety, and accommodation for the foreign worker
- Company must register the temporary foreign worker under a Saskatchewan provincial workers compensation insurance plan
There are also several requirements that must be satisfied in order for a foreign national to immigrate to Saskatchewan under the SINP truck driver stream.
Eligibility for Applicants:
- Must have been working for a Saskatchewan shipping firm approved by the SINP for a minimum of 6 months
- Must have a valid temporary work permit
- Must be working in a position that is based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
- Must possess a valid Saskatchewan Class 1A driving permit / driver’s license
- Must have an English language ability for listening, speaking, reading, and writing that is assessed at CLB 4 or higher
The Experience Saskatchewan PNP Student stream enables foreign students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary university or college in Saskatchewan to be nominated for Canadian permanent residency. This stream is extremely popular among recent graduates of the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Parkland College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic School, and Luther College. In order to participate in this Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program 2018 stream, students must meet a number of requirements.
Eligibility for students who have graduated from an institute in Saskatchewan:
- • Must have a valid post-graduate work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
- • Must have worked for a minimum of 6 months in a paid position in Saskatchewan (at least 960 hours total). Eligible work experience including co-op work terms, graduate fellowships, off-campus work, on-campus work, and any work experience gained using a post-graduate work permit provided it can be verified.
- • Must have graduated from a recognized university or college in the Province of Saskatchewan and earned a degree, diploma, or certificate. The program of study must also involve a minimum of 1 academic year of full-time study (8 months).
- • Must have a Job Approval Letter from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
It is also possible to participate in the SINP student stream if you are a foreign student who graduated from a post-secondary school in Canada that was located outside of Saskatchewan, but the following rules apply in order to be eligible.
Eligibility for students who have graduated from an institute outside of Saskatchewan:
- • Must have graduated from a recognized Canadian college or university with a degree, diploma, or certificate for a course that involves at least two academic years of full-time study (16 months)
- • Must have a valid post-graduation work permit that has been issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
- • Must have worked in Saskatchewan after graduation for a minimum of 24 months consecutively (at least 3840 hours total). Must be paid work done after obtaining a valid post-grad work permit.
- • Must currently have a full-time job with a Saskatchewan employer that is both permanent and in individual’s field of study. The job must be considered National Occupation Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B, or in a designated trade.
- • Must have a valid Saskatchewan Nominee Program Job Approval Letter
The SINP Entrepreneur and Farm Category
Th PNP Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm Category is for potential immigrants who have capital, a business idea, or the experience and desire to operate a farm in the Province of Saskatchewan. There are two sub-categories within the Saskatchewan PNP Entrepreneur and Farm Category.
- Entrepreneurs Sub-Category
- Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category
PNP Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Program
The SINP Entrepreneur stream is for prospective immigrants who would like to invest their time and money into a Saskatchewan business. The category offers foreign nationals and their families the opportunity to acquire or establish a business in the province and actively operate it. To participate in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Entrepreneur category, the following requirements must be met.
- Must have a legally obtained, fully verifiable net worth of $500,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD) or more
- Must have at least three years of relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience
Once an applicant has been approved to participate in the Saskatchewan Nominee Program Entrepreneur category, they must satisfy a number of requirements before they can earn a nomination from the province towards Canadian permanent residency.
- • Must invest $300,000 CAD or more in Regina or Saskatoon business, or $200,000 CAD or more in any other Saskatchewan community
- • Must create a business that aligns with the Points Grid of the SINP Entrepreneur category
- • Must own and control at least 33.3% of the equity of a Saskatchewan business unless a minimum of $1 million has been invested, in which case a lower equity stake is acceptable
- • Must be actively involved in the day to day operation and management of the enterprise
- • If the business is located in Saskatoon or Regina, must create two new jobs in Saskatchewan for unrelated Canadian citizens or permanent residents
PNP Saskatchewan Farm Owner/Operator Program
The SINP Farm Owner stream is for people with farming experience who would like to invest in purchasing and operating a farming operation in Saskatchewan. As part of the application process, Saskatchewan immigration officials facilitate communication between the applicant and Saskatchewan Agriculture – Food and Rural Revitalization officials regarding the type of farming operation the applicant intends to run in the province. In order to participate in this category of the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program, a number of criteria must be satisfied.
- Must have a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD that can be proven with financial documentation
- Must make a mandatory comprehensive exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for a minimum of 5 business days that includes meeting with SINP representatives
- Must sign a Performance Agreement that commits to purchasing a Saskatchewan farm and make a refundable “good faith” cash deposit of $75,000 that is held in trust. This cash deposit is returned in full once the terms of the Performance Agreement are met. If the terms are not met within 24 months of the applicant landing in the province, the deposit is forfeited to the Province of Saskatchewan.
- Must have documented knowledge and experience operating a farm. Documents regarding work experience, finances, education, and training can demonstrate acceptable expertise.
Only proprietary businesses primarily focused on agricultural production may qualify under the SINP Farmer Program. Other Agri-business operations may qualify under the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur stream.
SINP Young Farmer Stream
Within the Farm Owner/Operator Category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, there is the Young Farmer Stream. The Saskatchewan Young Farmer stream enables young farmers and their families to establish themselves in rural areas of the province where they can operate a farm that helps feed Canadians. There are several criteria that must be met in order to apply for this Provincial Nominee Program Saskatchewan stream.
- Must have a legally accumulated minimum personal net worth of $300,000 Canadian Dollars that is verifiable to 80% certainty
- Must be under 40 years of age at the time of SINP application submission
- Must have 3 of more years of experience managing, owning, or operating a farm
- Applicant and spouse must have marketable employment skills such as education and experience that will enable them to supplement their farming income if needed
- Must submit a detailed proposal for a commercial farming opportunity in Saskatchewan that includes research and consultations regarding relevant agricultural conditions in the province. The farm proposal must involve a commercial venture (hobby farms are ineligible under this stream) and must have a reasonable expectation of profit. Under Saskatchewan Nominee Program regulations, a farming business must have an annual revenue of at least $10,000 in order to qualify under this SPNP stream.
Before a SINP Young Farmer applicant can receive a Saskatchewan nomination, the following criteria must be satisfied.
- Must have sufficient practical farming skills and experience relevant to farming conditions in the Province of Saskatchewan
- Must have conducted a minimum 5 day long exploratory visit to Saskatchewan that included meeting with Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program immigration officials
- Must have invested a minimum of $150,000 CAD into a brand new or existing Saskatchewan farm. Investment should comprise of working capital and/or capital assets such as land or machinery.
There are a large number of supporting documents that must be included in a Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program farm application. .
- Education credentials (if applicable)
- Trade credentials (if applicable)
- Birth certificate for primary applicant and all family members
- Marriage certificate (if applicable)
- Divorce certificate (if applicable)
- Professional confirmation of personal and business financial assets
- Valid passport for each family member. Expiry dates cannot be less than 24 months from date of application submission.
- Recent Police certificate for main applicant and all adult family members from every country you have lived in for more than 6 months consecutively
- Personal Net Worth Statement (SINP 200-2 form)
- CIC Schedule 4a form
- Professional English translation of any non-English documents