FAQ – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is an economic immigration program that assists the province of Saskatchewan to meet its labour market needs. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply under this program, I suggest you read our article on “Basics of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program in Canada.
Q: What is the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)?
A: The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is a program that assists and permits foreign nationals to be nominated by the province of Saskatchewan in order to fill any provincial economic and labour market needs. This program also facilitates the province of Saskatchewan to nominate foreign nationals with the required skilled work experience and who also qualify under the provincially established criteria to work in Saskatchewan and obtain permanent residency.
Q: How does the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) work?
A: The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has four different pathways that you may pursue, which are:
- International Skilled Worker Category
- Saskatchewan Experience Category
- Entrepreneur Category
- Farm Category
For more information pertaining to these pathways please kindly read our article “Basics of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.”
Q: How do I know if I’m not eligible to apply under the Entrepreneur Category?
A: This is a good question. There are some individuals who are ineligible to apply under this specific category. The following individuals are ineligible:
- Refugee claimants claiming refugee status from the Canadian government
- Individuals who are illegally residing in their country of residence or within Canada
- Individuals that have been issued a removal order by either Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
- Individuals who are banned from entering Canada
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the Farmer Category?
The eligibility requirements that you must meet in order to qualify under the Farmer Category are:
- Must provide financial statements showing a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD
- Must sign a “Performance Agreement” committing to purchase and actively operate a farm in the province of Saskatchewan
- Must make a deposit of $75,000 CAD in trust, which will be returned once the terms of the “Purchase Agreement” are met
- Must make a mandatory visit to the province of Saskatchewan and explore the province for a minimum of five business days (you must meet with a SINP rep on your visit)
- Must have farm operation experience and adequate knowledge
- Must have a well-prepared proposal for a commercial farming opportunity within the province of Saskatchewan
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand category?
A: For those who don’t know, this is a subcategory of the International Skilled Worker Category. In order to be eligible under this specific category, the candidate must pay a non-refundable application fee of $300 CAD. Paying this application fee is the last part of submitting the application. However, the other eligibility requirements include:
- Living outside of Canada or having proper status within Canada
- Not a Refugee Claimant
- Score at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid
- Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 4 on your language test
- Have completed a post-secondary education or equivalent to a Canadian post-secondary education of at least one year (must include a diploma, degree or certification)
- If your degree, diploma or certification is from outside of Canada, you must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
- Have one year of work experience in the last ten years in either your field of education or in a high skilled occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) level A, B, or 0 that is incorporated in the SINP In-Demand Occupation List
- Provide proof of Professional Status or Licensure
- Have sufficient settlement funds accompanying a settlement plan
Q: What are the In-Demand Occupations?
A: The In-Demand Occupations include but are not limited to:
- Engineering Managers (NOC 0211)
- Civil Engineers (NOC 2131)
- Mechanical Engineers (NOC 2132)
- Electrical & Electronics Engineers (NOC 2133)
- Industrial & Manufacturing Engineers (NOC 2141)
- Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers & Designers) (NOC 2147)
- Architects (NOC 2151)
- Land Surveyors (NOC 2154)
- Software Engineers & Designers (NOC 2173)
- Web Designers & Developers (NOC 2175)
- Psychologists (NOC 4151)
- Social & Community Service Workers (NOC 4212)
- Early Childhood Educators & Assistants (NOC 4214)
- Medical Laboratory Technologists (NOC 3211)
- Medical Sonographers (NOC 3216)
- Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Managers (NOC 0124)
- Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services (NOC 0423)
- Financial & Investment Analysts (NOC 1112)
- Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting (NOC 1122)
- Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations (NOC 1123)
- Chemical Technologists & Technicians (NOC 2211)
- Geological & Mineral Technologists & Technicians (NOC 2212)
Contact Akrami & Associates
Should you have any further questions or feel confused or unclear about how to apply for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, it is important to ask any questions you may have and discuss your concerns. By talking to immigration professionals about your concerns, this will ease your worries and assist you with the application process. Many immigration applications are difficult to pursue on your own and it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to apply. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients obtain permanent residency through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. If you believe that you may be eligible to apply to the SINP, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at our office at 416-477-2545 for more information or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice.
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