The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will be overhauled and streamlined in the New Year following feedback from immigration stakeholders. The SINP allows the province of Saskatchewan to nominate foreign nationals to the Federal government for Canadian Permanent Residency.
Changes to the SINP will become effective January 2, 2014. The program, which currently consists of nine immigration sub-categories, will see these sub-categories combined into three overarching categories, as follows:
- International Skilled Worker;
- Saskatchewan Experience; and
- Entrepreneur and Farm
The most interesting change will be to the International Skilled Worker Category, which will accept 250 applications from applicants who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan. They will need to have an occupation on a designated list, meet language requirements, meet a points requirement and demonstrate financial settlement funds, similar to the Federal Skilled Worker Program. More details on the points system and application procedures, will be made available in December 2013.
Changes to the Saskatchewan Experience Category will only affect the Student sub-category. The Post Graduation Work Permit and Master’s and PhD Graduate sub-categories will be combined to create one general Students sub-category. Graduates from a Saskatchewan school must have a skilled job offer in the province that is relevant to their education, or a job offer requiring a post-secondary education. They must work in the province for 6 months before applying; and Graduates from a school outside of Saskatchewan must have a skilled job offer in the province that is relevant to their education, and must work in Saskatchewan for two years before applying.
By overhauling its program, the SINP has the opportunity to position itself as one of the most progressive and responsive Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Saskatchewan is fighting hard to attract Canada’s most promising new immigrants.
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