Understanding Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

There are several ways to come to Saskatchewan, either visiting on short-term as tourist, student or temporary worker or moving in permanently as immigrant or establish business.

  1. Immigrate through Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Most categories under SINP require applicants to receive a job offer from a Saskatchewan employer before applying.
  2. Immigrate under a federal category of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Depending on the type of occupation you have, it is recommended that you get in touch with a regulatory body such as Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission to check if your educational level and work experience is recognized in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

This program is an alternative to the Canadian federal immigration program if you wish to come to Saskatchewan as a permanent resident of Canada. To be able to come to Canada under this program, you must have specific skills, education and relevant work experience that match the needs of Saskatchewan province. You must also be committed to make Saskatchewan your new home.

How does the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) work?
SINP operates under an agreement with Canada’s federal government that allows Saskatchewan to select applicants based on certain criteria which are different from those of the federal immigration program.

There are three categories for nomination under the SINP:

  • International Skilled Workers
  • Saskatchewan Experience
  • Entrepreneurs and Farm

If you apply and the program deems you are eligible, the SINP will issue you a nomination letter confirming that you have been selected. Upon receipt of nomination letter, you will submit your application and provincial nomination letter to the CIC Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada.

The CIO will receive the application and then transfer it to the appropriate visa office outside of Canada for further processing.

Although Saskatchewan may nominate you based on the merits of your education, skills and work experience, approval will ultimately come from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) which also checks health, criminality and security assesments before making the final decision to issue you with a visa.

The SINP operates in cooperation with Canadian embassies and consulates worldwide and does not involve in exclusive services of agencies. SINP applicants may choose to engage services with consultants but no allocated quota will be offered to consultants as applications from such agencies are processed according to the same rules and run under same priorities with independent applications.

Who may want to apply to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)?

You may want to apply to this program if:

  • You have family members who are now based in Saskatchewan for a minimum of a year;
  • You received a job offer to work in Saskatchewan;
  • You have completed an educational program in Canada and now working on a post graduation work permit in Saskatchewan; or
  • You are planning to start a business in Saskatchewan.
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