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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

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The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) nominates people for permanent residence in Saskatchewan province. Nominees must have skills and abilities to fill job shortages in Saskatchewan, and be able to provide for their families. The program is run by both the Saskatchewan government and the federal government.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) runs three streams via which the province may nominate candidates for Canadian permanent residence:

  1. International Skilled Worker
  2. Saskatchewan Experience
  3. Business Immigration

1. SINP International Skilled Worker stream

The SINP’s International Skilled Worker Category enables the province to nominate skilled workers with the required education, experience, and language abilities to successfully establish in Saskatchewan.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

There are three sub-categories under this provincial immigration category:

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  • International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand
  • International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer

On July 16, 2018, the SINP moved to an Expression of Interest System for its Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry sub-categories. 

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International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry

Effective November 24, 2020, the SINP will provide additional criterion points to bilingual International Skilled Worker applicants. Up to 10 points can be claimed by those with both English and French language ability. For more information, please see Assess Your Eligibility.

This sub-category enables the province to nominate individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) federal Express Entry pool who want to live and work in Saskatchewan, and have the necessary education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other factors to help them settle successfully and integrate into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities. More about the federal Express Entry pool later on this page.

Eligibility Requirements

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

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  • Have a valid federal Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code.
  • Score a minimum of 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Have a language test result that meets the federal Express Entry language requirements.
  • Have completed post-secondary school or training that is comparable to at least one year of Canadian education. You must have earned a diploma, certificate or degree.
  • Have experience in a job that is not on the Excluded Occupation List. See Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for eligible occupations.
    • The minimum need for work experience is:
      • For skilled professionals (not tradespeople): one year work experience in the past 10 years.
      • For skilled tradespeople: two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years.
      • One year work experience in Canada in the past three years (skilled tradespeople and skilled professionals).
  • Your above work experience must be in the field of your completed post-secondary education or training.
  • You may need to show a Professional Status or proof of eligibility for Licensure for your job.
    • See Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry Occupation Requirements for these requirements. If you are asked to show this, your application will be held. You do not need to show licensure documents unless asked.
    • You must include all documents in your application. If your application will be closed if it is missing documents and your application fee will not be returned.
  • Show settlement funds and a settlement plan.

The program criteria can change at any time. See additional information and requirements.

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.

International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have experience in one of Saskatchewan’s  in-demand occupations. No job offer in the province is required under this sub-category of International Skilled Worker immigration. It is suited to those who don’t have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly skilled in an in-demand occupation.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must pay a non-refundable $350 application fee online by Visa or Mastercard. It is the last step in order to submit your application.

You may qualify if:

To apply for this sub-category, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If you successfully submit an EOI, you will be entered into the EOI pool of eligible candidates. Not all candidates who submit an International Skilled Worker EOI will be invited to apply to the SINP.

Read additional information and requirements.

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International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer

This sub-category is for skilled workers who have already received an offer of employment from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Eligibility Requirements

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 at least 60 points on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) point assessment grid.
  • Have at least one-year work experience in the past 10 years (in your intended occupation).
  • Have a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
    • Some employers or regulators may ask for scores that are higher than CLB 4.
  • Be eligible for Saskatchewan licensing (if your intended occupation is in a regulated profession or compulsory apprenticeship trade).
  • Have an offer for a permanent, full-time job in Saskatchewan. You will need a valid SINP Job Approval Letter to show proof. There is no specific list of jobs, but your offer must be in an occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “O”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan.

See additional information and requirements.

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2. SINP Saskatchewan Experience Category

This category of the SINP offers foreign workers currently working and residing in the province the opportunity to immigrate permanently to Saskatchewan.

Candidates must be working in Canada on a valid work permit and must genuinely intend to economically establish in Saskatchewan. There are five sub-categories under this provincial nominee immigration category:

  • Existing Work Permit
  • Health Professionals
  • Hospitality Sector Project
  • Long Haul Truck Driver Project
  • Students

Existing Work Permit

This sub-category targets skilled workers in Saskatchewan who have been working in the province on a valid work permit for a minimum of six months and who have received a permanent offer of employment for that position. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

See Eligibility Requirements.

Health Professionals

This sub-category provides skilled workers with an opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Saskatchewan if they have been working full-time in the province on a temporary work permit as either a physician, nurse, or other health professional for a minimum of six months and have received an offer of employment for that position. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. In order to have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once the position is approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

Hospitality Sector Project

This sub-category is for temporary foreign workers seeking to immigrate permanently to Saskatchewan who have been working in the province for an SINP-approved employer for at least six months on a valid work permit in one of the following occupations:

  • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6453),
  • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641), or
  • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661).

Candidates must have a permanent and full-time job offer from their employer that is approved by the SINP prior to making an application. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP. See Eligibility Requirements.

Long Haul Truck Driver Project

This sub-category enables trucking firms to bring long-haul truck drivers (National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 7411) to Saskatchewan under Service Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker policy, which covers jobs that require a high school diploma or on-the-job training. Truckers working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit for six months or more can use this immigration sub-category if they have received an offer of full-time, permanent employment from the trucking firm.

The job offer must be approved by the SINP prior to making an application. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

See Eligibility Requirements

Students

This sub-category targets students who have recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada and who have received a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be approved by the SINP before the candidate can apply or the application will be rejected immediately. To have the position assessed, the Saskatchewan employer must register on the SINP Employer website. Once approved, the employer will receive a Job Approval Letter, a copy of which must be submitted with the candidate’s application to the SINP.

See Eligibility Requirements.

4. SINP Entrepreneur Category

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Entrepreneur Category offers candidates the opportunity to establish, acquire, or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in its management. See detail information and requirements.

The Federal Express Entry System

Candidates who have created a profile in the federal Express Entry system AND have also applied for and received a nomination from SINP, are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score at the federal level, on top of the points that they have in the federal Express Entry pool. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will also receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence under the federal Express Entry system.

The Canadian federal government and the provincial and territorial governments regularly draws candidates from the federal Express Entry pool to issue Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence, based on the particular needs and shortages in the country or provinces.

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.

Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.

A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks. Nomination under a provincial program like SINP gives a candidate in the federal Express Entry pool and additional 600 points which effectively guarantees that they will be invited to apply for PR.

Find out if you are potentially eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.