– SASKATCHEWAN –
You may apply to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) under the Skilled Workers category if you have an offer of permanent full-time employment in Saskatchewan:
- As a skilled worker or professional; or
- In a management position; or
- Have worked in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months on a temporary work permit.
1. Skilled Workers/Professionals Sub-Category:
This sub-category is for applicants who are interested in living and working in Saskatchewan and who have a confirmed offer of permanent full-time employment with a Saskatchewan employer in an occupation that falls into the NOC Matrix code level of A or B or in an apprentice-able trade in Saskatchewan. The National Occupational Classification code levels “A” and “B” can be found on the NOC matrix.
2. Critical Occupations:
To be eligible in this sub-category you must:
- Have a confirmed permanent full-time offer of employment for a position that has been approved by the SINP as a critical occupations position;
- Be applying for a management position that falls into the NOC Matrix level “0”; and
- Score a minimum of 35 points on the self-assessment form.
3. Existing Work Permit:
To be eligible in this sub-category you must:
- Have a confirmed permanent full-time offer of employment with your existing Saskatchewan employer;
- Have worked for the employer under a Temporary Work Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for more than six months, which has been supported by a Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) labour market confirmation or a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) exemption; and
Be applying in an occupation or trade that falls into the NOC Matrix level “O” or “A” or “B” or is an apprenticeship-able trade in Saskatchewan.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
A business nominee will be an individual who identifies a business opportunity in the province’s key sectors or industries that will enhance the production of goods, the provision of services, exports, technology, or research in Saskatchewan.
ASSESSMENT OF BUSINESS NOMINEES
Each application will be considered on its individual merit to determine if the proposed business will be of significant benefit to the key sectors of the provincial economy. Business applicants will:
- Have proven experience in managing a business;
- Have significant funds for establishing a new business, or a joint venture or partnership in an existing Saskatchewan business, in which the applicant will have an ongoing management role;
- Complete a business plan (see below);
- Undertake at least one fact-finding trip to Saskatchewan to meet with industry associations, regional economic development authorities, businesses, and other associations, institutions, individuals or government agencies as deemed appropriate; and
- Provide a full disclosure of business assets and debts including national and international business activities. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s banking institution will assist in the review of the business proposal.
Please note that a business applicant must intend to manage and operate a business in Saskatchewan, and live in the province. Business plans that involve investments in a Saskatchewan business where the applicant will not have responsibility to manage and operate the business will be deemed passive investment schemes and disallowed. Passive investments include business plans where the applicant:
- Will not have direct daily management responsibilities in the business; or
- Has representation on the company board only; or
- Invests in the business for a period of time with a return of investment under specified conditions.
The province’s key sectors are:
- Agriculture and agri-value
- Environmental industries
- Information technology and telecommunications
- Value-added processing and manufacturing
- Have a minimum of 3-5 years business ownership experience or senior management
- Minimum net worth of CDN $250,000
- Minimum investment of CDN $150,000
SINP — Foreign Student Post Graduation Work Permit Category
Graduated foreign students working for a Saskatchewan employer can apply for nomination and permanent landed status when:
- The applicant has graduated from a program of at least one academic year of full-time study in Saskatchewan and has received a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized Saskatchewan post secondary educational institution;
- The applicant has worked for a Saskatchewan employer for a minimum of 6 months under a Citizenship and Immigration Canada post graduation work permit; and
- The applicant has a current permanent full-time job offer from their employer.
Foreign students who have studied in Saskatchewan and have been sponsored by an agency or government and are expected to return to their country of origin to work are excluded from this category.
The applicant must show they are able to meet all occupational licensing or credential requirements in order to work in their occupation in Saskatchewan. Applicants should contact the appropriate governing body to ensure their educational, professional and/or trade qualifications meet Canadian and Saskatchewan standards prior to submitting their application. If the applicant’s permanent job offer is in an occupation where licensing or other credentials are required to work in Saskatchewan, their credentials, license or other form of approval from the regulatory association for that occupation will be required.
Graduated foreign students working for a Saskatchewan employer on a post graduation work permit, who have received a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized Canadian post secondary educational institution outside of Saskatchewan, can contact the SINP for more information. Health professionals working in the public health system are not eligible under this category and should review the SINP Health Professionals category.
SINP – Health Professions Category
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Health professional applicants are individuals whose education and professional certification qualify them for employment in Saskatchewan in a Designated Health Profession.
DESIGNATED HEALTH PROFESSIONS
The SINP works in co-operation with Saskatchewan health employers, professional associations, Saskatchewan Health, and other health stakeholders, to identify Designated Health Professions as occupations experiencing a sustained occupational shortage that cannot be met through domestic recruitment, education or training.
Currently, physicians and nurses are the only “Designated Health Professions” under the SINP. Further professions are under review in consultation with health sector stakeholders. Watch this site for additional health professions to be added as “Designated Health Professions.”
Farm Owner/Operator Category
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Farm owner/operator nominees will be individuals with proven experience in farming, substantial capital available to invest in a farming operation, and who have made a signed offer to purchase land for a farming operation in Saskatchewan.
ASSESSMENT OF FARM OWNER/OPERATOR APPLICATIONS
Under the SINP, Saskatchewan can nominate individuals who intend to purchase and operate a farming operation in Saskatchewan. Applicants considering applying under this category are encouraged to contact SINP officials to learn more about the eligibility criteria of the program. SINP officials will also ensure applicants are contacted by officials in Saskatchewan Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization who can advise them on the type of farming operation they intend to operate in Saskatchewan.
There are four eligibility criteria for the Farm Owner/Operator category:
- Available Equity — applicants must provide verifiable documents showing a net worth of $500,000.
- Committed equity investments — applicants must supply a signed offer to purchase with an appropriate deposit on a Saskatchewan farming operation, or land for a new farm operation.
- Mandatory visit to Saskatchewan — applicants are required to visit Saskatchewan within the two-year period prior to making a signed offer to purchase or shortly after.
- Farm operation knowledge and experience — applicants must provide documentation (e.g. education and training, work experience, financial documents of their previous operations) that demonstrate that they are knowledgeable farm operators. If necessary, this may be further verified by a personal interview with the applicant in Saskatchewan.
The farm owner/operator category is restricted to proprietary businesses that include primary agricultural production. Agri-business operations that do not involve primary agricultural production, or farm operations that involve some form of joint venture with existing Saskatchewan operations, would be eligible to apply under the Business category.