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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) can provide an alternate and quicker means of entry into Canada.  It allows Saskatchewan to nominate applicants, who qualify under criteria established by the province, to the federal government for landed immigrant status.  There is no deadline to apply to the SINP.  However, program criteria may change without notice and your application will be assessed according to the criteria in place at the time we receive your complete application. 

The SINP offers: 

  • The ability to select applicants whose skills and abilities best fit the province’s needs;
  • Application processing times that are faster than other federal immigration classes; and
  • Assistance from Provincial Immigration Officers who are readily available to explain program requirements and processes.

Successful applicants will receive a Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed-up the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa application process.

Under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), you may qualify under one of eight categories:

  • Skilled Workers
  • Family Members
  • Long Haul Truck Drivers
  • Health Professionals
  • Students
  • FarmersEntrepreneurs
    • Young Farmers
  • Large-Scale Investors
  • Science and Technology
  • Hospitality Sector Project

Saskatchewan PNP – Skilled Workers

To qualify as a Skilled Worker, an applicant must have a permanent full-time Saskatchewan job offer either:

  • As a skilled worker/professional/managerial position or in a designated trade; or
  • As a worker who has already worked in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months on a temporary work permit.

Saskatchewan PNP – Family Members

To qualify under this category, an applicant must have a family member in Saskatchewan who is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and has been residing in Saskatchewan for at least one year.  Supporting family members include: parents, sisters/brothers, daughters/sons, aunts/uncles, nieces/nephews, grandparents, first cousins, step-family members or in-laws of the same relationship.   The applicant must:

  • Have a signed affidavit of support from one or more family members in Saskatchewan that indicates they will provide settlement assistance;
  • Be between the ages of 18-49;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship and have received a diploma, certificate or degree;
  • Have at least one year of work experience in their field of education/training;
  • Have sufficient language capability to be employable in Saskatchewan; and
  • Have a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in Saskatchewan

Only one applicant may be nominated per household until that principal applicant has become settled in Saskatchewan.

Note: Beginning 1 May 2012, all principal applicants in this stream must also have an offer of employment in an A or B level trade as identified on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) index. 

Saskatchewan PNP – Long Haul Truck Drivers

To qualify as a Long Haul Truck Driver, an applicant must:

  • Have a temporary job offer from a Saskatchewan trucking firm;
  • Obtain a Canadian work permit;
  • Have a valid trucking license on par with a Saskatchewan Class 1A drivers license;
  • Have at least two years of trucking experience;
  • Be able to travel to the United States, if required by the employer; and
  • Have a reasonable command of English

Saskatchewan PNP – Health Professionals

To qualify as a Health Professional, an applicant  must:

  • Be working in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit; and
  • Have an offer of full-time permanent employment

Saskatchewan PNP – Students

There are two streams under which a student may qualify.

To qualify under the Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream, an applicant must:

  • Have graduated from a Master’s or PhD program of at least one academic year of full-time study from the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina;
  • Apply within 2 years of the date on which the degree was granted and from a country in which the applicant has legal status; and
  • Intend to live in Saskatchewan and is able to demonstrate the ability to settle and work in Saskatchewan with at least one of the following:
    • Have worked in his or her field for a Saskatchewan employer for a minimum of six months under a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) post graduation work permit or have a current permanent full-time job offer from an employer in his or her field of study,
    • Have a spouse with current permanent full-time employment in Saskatchewan, or
    • Have enough money to sustain for a short time without work ($10,000 for the applicant and $2,000 for each accompanying family member)

To qualify under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream, an applicant must:

  • Have graduated from a program of at least one academic year of full-time study in Canada and received a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized Canada post secondary educational institution;
  • Have worked for a Saskatchewan employer for a minimum of six months (if graduated from a post-secondary institutionin Saskatchewan) or a minimum of twelve months (if graduated from a post-secondary institution outside of Saskatchewan). Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include on-campus, off-campus, co-op terms, graduate fellowships that can be verified by the institution, and work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • Have applied for and received a post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC); and
  • Have a current permanent full-time job offer from their employer.

Saskatchewan PNP – Farmers

To qualify as a Farmer, an applicant  must:

  • Have a net worth of $500,000;
  • Supply a signed offer to purchase a Saskatchewan farming operation, or land for a new farm operation;
  • Visit Saskatchewan within the two-year period prior to making a signed offer to purchase; and
  • Demonstrate that they are knowledgeable farm operators.This category also has a Young Farmers Stream, for applicants who:
  • Are under the age of 40;
  • Have at least three years of experience managing or operating a farm;
  • Have a net worth of $300,000;
  • Submit a proposal for a commercial farming opportunity in the province;
  • Can demonstrate marketable employment skills; and
  • Conduct an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan prior to submitting their application.

Saskatchewan PNP – Entrepreneurs

This program is designed for applicants who are looking for an opportunity to establish, purchase, or become a partner in a business in Saskatchewan, and be actively involved in the management of the business.

In order to be approved for nomination, an applicant must have:

  • A minimum verifiable net worth of CDN $350,000
  • Accumulated their net worth through legal means which can be verified (net worth and its accumulation will need to be verified by a third party agency identified by the Ministry of Advanced Employment Education and Immigration)
  • A minimum of three years of entrepreneurial or relevant business management experience
  • The intention to live and actively invest in Saskatchewan. This is evaluated using the Intent Grading Grid
  • Developed a Business Establishment Plan demonstrating their intention to establish, acquire, or become a partner in a business in Saskatchewan

Once you have been nominated, you will need to:

  • Have a minimum active investment in the amount of CDN $150,000 in the province. If you own less than a third of the business, you will need to have made a total investment of at least CDN $1 million;
  • Be actively involved in the daily management of your business; and
  • Make a Good Faith deposit of CDN $75,000

After arriving in Saskatchewan, you will need to attend a Landing Meeting within 30 days. If you wish to receive your Good Faith deposit back, within two years of landing in Saskatchewan you will need to either:

  • Establish or acquire a business in Saskatchewan, invest the minimum amount set forth in the Performance Agreement, and be actively involved in the daily management of this company; or
  • Demonstrate at least six months of active investment in the relevant business

Saskatchewan PNP – Large Scale Investors

This priority stream of the Entrepreneur Category is designed for applicants who intend to invest CDN $10 million or more. In addition to faster processing, once an applicant is nominated under this stream, they can request the nomination of up to ten key members of their management team. However, each team member will be required to submit a separate application for assessment. If you submit your application and are found to be ineligible, you may re-submit under the general entrepreneur category.

Saskatchewan PNP – Science and Technology

This priority stream of the Entrepreneur Category is designed for applicants who:

  • Are the owner of a patent which they intend to commercialize through an active investment in Saskatchewan; or
  • Have an innovative IT idea, which they intend to commercialize through active investment in Saskatchewan; or
  • Have the intention to actively invest in a partnership with an existing Saskatchewan science and technology-based firm.

In addition, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum verifiable net worth of CDN $350,000
  • Accumulated their net worth through legal means which can be verified (net worth and its accumulation will need to be verified by a third party agency identified by the Ministry of Advanced Employment Education and Immigration)
  • A minimum of three years of entrepreneurial or relevant business management experience
  • The intention to live and actively invest in Saskatchewan. This is evaluated using the Intent Grading Grid

As part of assessing your entrepreneurial or business management experience, your scientific education and/or research-based work experience will also be considered.

Saskatchewan PNP – Hospitality Sector Project

To qualify under this category, an applicant must:

  • Hold a valid Temporary Work Permit for one of the following occupations;Have been employed by a Saskatchewan employer in one of those positions for a minimum of six months;
    • Food/Beverage Server
    • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper
    • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff
  • Have completed a minimum of Grade 12 education (or equivalent); and
  • Have sufficient English language ability for continued employment in Saskatchewan

Our goal is to provide each client with a successful outcome by determining the most appropriate solution. If you would like to know whether you could be eligible to immigrate to Canada, we invite you to complete our online assessment questionnaire.

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