Saskatchewan, a Canadian province located in the Prairie region of Western Canada, has made some interesting adjustments to its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for Canadian immigration for 2015. Principal among these changes is the new Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, which enables the province to nominate individuals who are in Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) Express Entry pool and have the education, skilled work experience, language ability and other factors to help them to settle successfully and integrate into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities.
This stream, which has been allocated 775 spaces, is particularly exciting because individuals do not necessarily need a job offer in order to apply. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to live and work in a province with a high standard of living, buoyant economy, and the lowest unemployment rate of any Canadian province.
Who can apply?
Candidates for the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category will be selected from the federal Express Entry pool. Candidates eligible to enter the pool must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
A potential candidate must also demonstrate a minimum level of work experience related to his or her field of education or training. This work experience may be either:
In addition, candidates must score at least 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid. Points are awarded on the basis of five factors:
The application process
Candidates eligible for and interested in applying to the Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category should follow these steps:
A unique opportunity
“With the arrival of the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, we’re seeing that the provinces are playing a more dynamic and hands-on role in immigration. Saskatchewan has been a leader in this regard,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“This is good news for the kind of hard-working, skilled and ambitious immigrants that Saskatchewan is seeking. Traditionally, newcomers to Saskatchewan have found that it is a land of economic opportunity, close-knit communities, and a high living standard. Today, with the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, immigration will continue to be critical to Saskatchewan’s workforce. Saskatchewan continues to represent something unique in the Canadian immigration landscape.”
To find out if you are eligible for any of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, including immigration streams under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, please fill out a free online assessment today.
Saskatchewan quick facts
Largest city: Saskatoon
Main language: English
Climate: High seasonal variation, with warm summers, very cold and snowy winters, and short, mild transitional seasons.
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