Saskatchewan signed a Provincial Nominee Program agreement with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 1998. The Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), officially the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), was created to address provincial economic and labour market needs through immigration.
Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s Prairie provinces, and its economy is based on agriculture and natural resources industries such as forestry and fishing.
Saskatchewan has an enhanced sub-category and base sub-category immigration programs. The enhanced sub-category is called Saskatchewan Express Entry, which is under the International Skilled Worker Category.
Candidates looking to immigrate to Saskatchewan can choose from four different options:
International Skilled Worker Category
The International Skilled Worker Category is for skilled workers who want to live and work in Saskatchewan. It consists of four pathways:
Saskatchewan Experience Category
The Saskatchewan Experience Category consists of six pathways:
Entrepreneur and Farm Category
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category is for international graduates of eligible post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan who plan to start a business. If a candidate is approved under this category, they must operate and manage a business in the province for at least a year to be eligible for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
The first step in immigrating to Saskatchewan is to identify which stream category and sub-category you would be eligible for. The application procedure varies depending on the category.
In some cases, an immigration candidate would have to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) as a “pre-application”. Based on the answers you give while submitting your EOI, you will be granted a score. Those candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) website.
For the enhanced sub-category, the Saskatchewan Express Entry system is aligned with the federal government system used to manage permanent residence applications, and it gives each candidate a point based score on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence during Express Entry draws. If you get a nomination from an enhanced provincial program, you automatically get an extra 600 CRS points, which essentially guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
In other cases, like for base streams, an EOI is not required and a candidate may be able to apply directly to IRCC.
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