There are several programs available under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) that allows a foreign national to become a permanent resident of Canada. The four general categories are:
1. International Skilled Workers;
2. Applicants with Saskatchewan Experience;
3. Farm Owners and Operators; and
Applicants with Saskatchewan Experience and International Skilled Workers categories are employer-driven in general, meaning that the foreign national requires a Saskatchewan employer who is willing to offer a permanent, full-time job position in Saskatchewan.
In addition to Occupation-In-Demand and Employer Offer sub-categories, Saskatchewan Express Entry is a faster means to obtaining permanent residency. Saskatchewan Express Entry sub- category is designated for foreign nationals who want to live and work in Saskatchewan and are in the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Pool. In order to be eligible for the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, the foreign national must:
· be 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 a valid language test result from a designated testing agency (e.g. IELTS);
· have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship that’s comparable to the Canadian education system of at least one year in length;
· have certain year(s) of experience in his/her field of education or training occupation as follows:
· One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades);
· Two years of 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 that is a level “A”, “B”, or “O” in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix that’s in- demand in Saskatchewan*;
· show proof of licensing eligibility, if the intended occupation is in a regulated professional or compulsory apprenticeship trade; and
· have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan.
The current In-Demand Occupations are:
· Computer and information systems managers
· Managers in social, community and correctional services
· Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
· Facility operation and maintenance managers
· Managers in agriculture
· Property administrators
· Purchasing agents and officers
· Health information management occupations
· Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
· Information systems analysts and consultants
· Biological technologists and technicians
· Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
· Civil engineering technologists and technicians
· Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
· Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
· Drafting technologists and technicians
· Technical occupations in geomantic and meteorology
· Gas fitters
· Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
· Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
· Appliance servicers and repairers
The points on the SINP assessment grids are 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.
Unfortunately, as of July 1, 2016, the application quota (1,700) has been met and SINP is no longer accepting applicants under this sub-category. Therefore, applicants will likely need to wait until January 1, 2017 to apply under the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub- category.
As of July 1, 2016, the only sub-category that remains open is the Employer Offer sub-category under the International Skilled Workers. Foreign nationals who have an offer of permanent, full-time employment in Saskatchewan in an occupation that is a level “A”, “B”, or “O” in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan may consider applying under the Employer Offer sub-category.
The program criteria may change at any time, therefore it is imperative to check the current eligibility criteria before applying to SINP.
Every situation is different, and laws and policies on immigration change all the time. You are encouraged to seek professional advisor regarding your individual situation. This article has been prepared by Sharon Se Jung An of Miller Thomson. For any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.