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. 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
- Assistance from Provincial Immigration Officers who are readily available to explain program requirements and processes
The Various categories under you may apply for SINP are:
- Skilled Workers
- Health Professional
- Long Haul Truck Drivers
SASKATCHEWAN PNP–BUSINESS (ENTREPRENEUR)
The SINP Entrepreneur Program offers you and your family the opportunity to establish, acquire or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in its management.The SINP Entrepreneur Program features:
- the opportunity to establish, buy or partner in a business in the prosperous Saskatchewan economy and be actively involved in its management
- information and guidance to Nominees on your business investment
- application processing times faster than federal and other provincial immigration classes
There are four criteria in the SINP Entrepreneur Category that you must meet to be approved for nomination:
- A minimum net worth of $300,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD) that can be verified
- Accumulation of net worth through legal means, which can be verified.
- Minimum three years entrepreneurial or relevant business management experience
- Intent to reside and actively invest in Saskatchewan, which is evaluated using the Intent Grading Grid
- Have a minimum active investment of $150,000 CAD in the Province of Saskatchewan. If you own less than 1/3 of the business, then your total investment must be worth at least $1 million CAD
- Be involved in the day-to-day management of your business
FAMILY REFERRAL / FAMILY CLASS
This category is for immigrant families living in Saskatchewan who want to help their skilled and educated family members come to work and live in the province.
Applicants must have a relative who has been living in Saskatchewan for at least one year. They must be willing to provide applicants with assistance during the immigration process and after they arrive in Saskatchewan. These relatives are called supporting family members.
- You must be between 18 – 49 years old
- Have a signed affidavit of support from your supporting family household in Saskatchewan
- Have completed post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship of at least one year in length that has resulted in a diploma, a certificate, or a degree
- Have at least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in your intended occupation (your employment offer in Saskatchewan)
- Have an offer of full-time, permanent employment in Saskatchewan either in an occupation or trade in the NOC Matrix level “A” or “B”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan
- Have sufficient language proficiency in one or both of the official languages in Canada
Who Can Apply Under the SINP Family Referral Category?
If you have Family Members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents living in
Saskatchewan for at least one year including:
- First cousins
- Step-family members / in- laws of the same relationship
This category is for skilled workers, professionals or managers who have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.
Two sub-categories are:
- Skilled Workers/Professionals
- Existing Work Permit
1.) SKILLED WROKERS/PROFESSIONAL
- You live outside of Canada or you have proof of legal status in Canada, you are not a refugee claimant and you have the following: ◦An offer of permanent, full-time employment in Saskatchewan either in an occupation or trade in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan (Skilled Workers/Professionals Sub-Category)
- You may qualify to apply under the SINP Existing Work Permit Category if:
- You have proof of legal status in Canada
- You are not a refugee claimant
- You have worked in Saskatchewan for at least six months on a temporary work permit either in an occupation or trade that is in the NOC Matrix level “A” or “B”, or in a designated trade in Saskatchewan excluding trades included in the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project (Existing Work Permit Sub-Category)
2) EXISTING WORK PERMIT SUB- CATEGORIES
This sub-category is for individuals who are currently working in Saskatchewan on a valid work permit and their employer has decided to continue to employ the individuals and made them an offer of full-time, permanent employment.
- Have a valid work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
- Have a confirmed offer of permanent, full-time employment with a Saskatchewan employer
- Have worked for more than six months under a Work Permit issued by CIC for the employer offering you the job.
- Your work permit must be supported by a Service Canada’s (SC) labour market confirmation or a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) exemption
- Have a job offer in an occupation of level “A”, “B” or “0”in the National
- Provide a copy of your labour market opinion (LMO) issued by Service Canada
The Farm Owner/Operator category is for individuals with proven experience in farming and substantial capital available to invest in a farming operation and who intend to purchase and operate a farming operation in Saskatchewan.
The Young Farmer stream of the Farm Owner/Operator Category is designed to allow young farm families to establish their lives and farming operations in our province’s rural areas.
You must provide the following documents:-
- Financial documents showing a net worth of $500,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD).
- Refundable Cash Deposit – you must sign a Performance Agreement committing to purchase a farm operation in Saskatchewan and make a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 CAD in trust. The cash deposit will be returned to you when the terms of the Performance Agreement are met. The deposit will be forfeited to the Province if the terms are not met within two years of landing in Saskatchewan
- Mandatory visit to Saskatchewan – you must have conduct a comprehensive exploratory visit to Saskatchewan of no less than five working days and must meet with an SINP representative
- Farm operation knowledge and experience – you must provide documentation (e.g. education and training, work experience, financial documents of their previous operations) that demonstrates that you are a knowledgeable farm operator
Young Farmer Stream of the Farm Owner/Operator Category
You must meet the following requirements:-
- Have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000 CAD, which is verifiable to 80% certainty
- Verifiable legal accumulation of funds to 80% certainty
- At the time of your application you must be under age 40
- You must have a minimum of three years farm ownership, farm management or practical farming experience
- You must provide a documented proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity based on research, consultations or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan agricultural conditions. Hobby Farms are not eligible. The farming proposal must be a commercial venture undertaken with a reasonable expectation of profit. In Saskatchewan, a qualified farming business must have a minimum of $10,000 CAD annual revenue
- You or your spouse must have marketable employment skills, based on education and experience that allows you to supplement your farming income
- Before submitting your application you must have conducted an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan that lasted at least five days.
- You must have practical farming experience with skills that are relevant to Saskatchewan farming conditions.
- You must make a minimum equity investment of $150,000 CAD in a new or existing farming operation in Saskatchewan comprised of either capital assets (land, machinery) or working capital.
- You must make a $75,000 CAD refundable deposit into the Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Trust Fund ($2,500 upon acceptance of application and $72,500 upon nomination.
Applicants to the SINP Health Professions Category must already be working full-time in Saskatchewan as a physician, nurse or other health professional on a temporary work permit for at least six months in order to apply.
The Health Professions Category is divided into three sub-categories:
Physicians: Under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), Saskatchewan can nominate physicians whose educational and professional certifications qualify them for employment in Saskatchewan.
To be considered in the Physicians Sub-Category, you must:
- Provide proof of a temporary work permit confirming that you have been practicing as a physician in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months
- Have an offer of permanent employment that is issued by a provincial health authority or the health education institution where you are currently employed and/or verified with documents that describe your permanent arrangement to practice medicine in a Saskatchewan medical office (e.g. a business plan or contract, partnership agreement, or other documents describing the applicant’s practice)
The SINP will obtain a letter of support from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CopPs). The CopPs must state your type of license and expiry date, and state their support for you to obtain permanent residence status in Saskatchewan. If applicable, you will also require a letter from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada indicating that you have licensing in a particular specialty.
Nurses: Under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), Saskatchewan can nominate Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Psychiatric Nurses or Registered Nurses (RN) if their educational and professional certifications qualify them for employment in Saskatchewan.
To be considered in the Nurses Sub-Category, you must:
- Provide a photocopy of your temporary work permit confirming that you have been practicing as a nurse in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months
- Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment issued by a Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency or another health employer
Other Health Professions: Under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), Saskatchewan can nominate health professionals currently working in health occupations that are supported by the appropriate licensing body , the appropriate regional health authority or other employer and meet one of the following criteria:
- Are in the National Occupational Classification Matrix level “A”, “B” or “0”;
- Require at least one academic year of post-secondary education or one year of job specific training.
To be considered in the Other Health Professions Sub-Category, you must:
- Provide proof of a temporary work permit confirming that you have been working in a skilled health occupation in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months
- Have an offer of permanent employment that is issued by a Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency or another health employer
NOTE: As of April 30, 2010, employers must receive approval from the SINP to participate in the project before their employees arrive in Canada. The SINP will not accept applications from hospitality sector employees who arrive in Canada prior to their employer receiving SINP approval.
The Hospitality Sector Project is a pilot initiative we are currently testing – its duration and scope are limited.
Under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project the SINP can nominate foreign workers that are currently working in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months on a temporary work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), supported by Service Canada’s (SC) Temporary Foreign Worker labour market confirmation, and in one of the following categories:
- Food/Beverage Server
- Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper
- Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff
Workers in these categories must first begin working in Saskatchewan on a temporary foreign work permit for a company that has been approved by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). If an approved business offers the worker permanent employment, after a minimum of 6 months employment the worker may apply to the SINP for permanent resident status.
Long Haul Truck Drivers
The SINP Long Haul Truck Driver Project allows Saskatchewan trucking firms to bring truckers to the province under Service Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker policy for occupations requiring a high school diploma or on-the-job training.
The project was developed in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Trucking Association, Service Canada (SC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to attract long-haul truck drivers to Saskatchewan.
- Be working on a temporary work permit for an approved Saskatchewan trucking firm for a minimum of six months
- Have a current Saskatchewan Class 1A driver’s license
- Have an offer of full-time, permanent employment from your employer, which must be an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan
- Have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher English Language ability across all 4 categories (listening, speaking, reading and writing.)
The Student Category allows eligible post-secondary graduates to apply for landed immigrant status under the SINP. There are two streams of the Student Category: the Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream and the Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream.
There are 2 streams to apply under the student Provincial Nominee program.
- Post Graduate work permits Stream
- Master’s and PhD’s Stream
1. Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream
You may qualify to apply under the SINP Student Category: Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream if:
- You have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada. The program must have been equivalent to at least one academic year (eight months) of full-time study.
- If you graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan you must have worked for at least six months (with minimum 960 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan. If you have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution outside of Saskatchewan you must have worked for 12 consecutive months of paid full time employment (with a minimum of 1920 hours) in Saskatchewan after graduation.
- *Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include on- campus, off-campus, co-op terms, graduate fellowships that can be verified by your institution, and work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit
- You have applied for and received a post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer does not have to relate to your studies
If your job offer falls into a NOC C or D, you must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher English Language ability across all 4 categories (listening, speaking, reading and writing.)
Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream
You may qualify to apply under the SINP Student Category: Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream if:
- You have completed all degree requirements for an existing Master’s and/or PhD program that required at least one academic year of full-time study from the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina
- You are applying within two years of the date on which your degree was granted and from a country in which you have legal status
You intend to live in Saskatchewan and are able to demonstrate your ability to settle and work in Saskatchewan with at least one of the following:
- Have at least six months of employment history in your field of training in Saskatchewan
- Are currently employed in your field of training or have received a job offer in your field of training in Saskatchewan for a term longer than six months
- You have enough money to sustain for a short time without work ($10,000 for you and $2,000 for each accompanying family members
If you do not have an offer of employment or if your job offer falls into a NOC “C” or “D”, you must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher English Language ability across all 4 categories (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)