The Canadian province of Saskatchewan welcomes more than 15,000 new immigrants every year through various immigration streams that are part of the (PNP)

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan had previously signed a Provincial Nominee Program agreement in 1998 with the (IRCC) Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The main purpose of creating the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was so that the Canadian province could deal with provincial economic and labor market needs that may arise in the future with the help of immigrants.

Saskatchewan is among Canada’s Prairie provinces with an economy that is mostly reliant on agriculture and natural resources industries such as forestry and fishing.

The province also has an enhanced sub-category and base sub-category immigration programs. The enhanced sub-category is referred to as Saskatchewan Express Entry, which operates under the International Skilled Worker Category.

Saskatchewan Immigration Streams

There are currently four streams through which candidates can immigrate to Saskatchewan. The streams are as follows:

  • International Skilled Worker Category

  • Saskatchewan Experience Category

  • Entrepreneur and Farm Category

  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

International Skilled Worker Category

This Category is for the use of skilled workers who wish to live and work in Saskatchewan and consists of the following four pathways:

  • Tech Talent Pathway: for skilled workers in one of 11 tech occupations.

  • Employment Offer: For skilled workers who have received a job offer from an employer in Saskatchewan.

  • Occupations In Demand: for skilled workers with experience in an occupation that is experiencing a labor shortage in Saskatchewan and is currently in demand. Also, the applicants do not have a job offer in the province.

  • Saskatchewan Express Entry: candidates already in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry pool, who have skilled work experience and an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Experience Category

The candidates who wish to immigrate through the  Saskatchewan Experience Category can choose from among the following six pathways:

  • Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit: For skilled workers who have already been working for a minimum of 6 months in Saskatchewan with a valid work permit.

  • Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Permit: for semi-skilled workers who have a valid work permit and have already been working for over six months for the employer offering the job, or who have previously worked in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months. They must have a full-time job offer from an employer as a General Farm Worker or as a Nursery and Greenhouse Worker.

  • Health Professionals: physicians, nurses, and other health care workers who have worked for at least six months in the province.

  • Hospitality Sector Project: for food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, or housekeeping and cleaning staff in Saskatchewan that have been working for at least six months in Saskatchewan.

  • Long Haul Truck Driver Project: For workers who have been working at an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan for at least six months.

  • Students: graduate students from a post-secondary institution within Canada who have worked in Saskatchewan for at least 24 months.

Entrepreneur and Farm Category

  • Entrepreneur Sub-Category: for people who wish to invest in Saskatchewan by establishing, acquiring, or partnering in a business in the province and taking on an active management role in that business.

  • Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category: experienced farmers with a large capital looking to invest in a farming operation and settle in Saskatchewan.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

The Category is specifically meant for international student graduates from eligible post-secondary institutions within Saskatchewans who have plans to start a business. Candidates approved under this category, must operate and manage a business in Saskatchewans for at least a year to be eligible for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Inner workings of Saskatchewans PNP?

There are many steps one has to take to immigrate to Saskatchewans with the first being to identify which stream category and sub-category you would be eligible for as the application process can vary depending on the category.

In some cases, immigration candidates would have to submit an (EOI) Expression of Interest as a “pre-application”. Then you will be granted a score on the bases of the answers you provide while submitting your EOI and candidates with the highest scores will receive an ITAs to apply through the Saskatchewans Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) website.

As for the enhanced sub-category, the Saskatchewans Express Entry system is aligned with the federal government system which is used to manage permanent residence applications, and issues a point-based score on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to every candidate. The rest is the same in which the candidate with the highest score is invited to apply for permanent residency during Express Entry draws. Also if you receive 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.

Details regarding Saskatchewan (PNP) Provincial Nominee Program

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