SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan, Canada is bordered by the United States of America in the South. Saskatchewan is home to two major cities: Regina and Saskatoon. Saskatchewan is home to grassland, coniferous and riverine forests, as well as lakes. Regina, the provincial capital, is home to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. It houses exhibits on natural history as well as the First Nations peoples of Canada.

Saskatchewan’s population was once mainly rural but is now more urban. The population had been declining for many decades. However, recent years have seen a change in the economy as oil sands and potash development, uranium mining, and other economic opportunities are driving an economic boom similar to that of Alberta. Along with oil, gas, and mining, the largest sector of the economy is still agriculture. There have been many attempts to expand other areas of the economy. For example, the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, has a synchrotron.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is an immigration program that supports potential immigrants who have the skills and experience to work in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan INP applicants receive a Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Certificate, which allows them to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This process is much quicker than other Canadian immigration programs.

Here are the four major categories of immigration under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Program:

Saskatchewan Immigration Streams

International Skilled Worker Category

For skilled workers who want to live and work in Saskatchewan, the International Skilled Worker category is available.

For individuals who want to start a business in Saskatchewan or farm, the Entrepreneur and Farm category is for you.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category is available to international students who have graduated from a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution that is eligible and are looking to start a business.

International Skilled Worker Category

There are three routes to the International Skilled Worker Category:

Job Offer

This category is for skilled workers who are offered a job by a Saskatchewan employer.

This sub-category is for skilled workers who:

  • Have an offer for a skilled job in Saskatchewan.
  • Meet the criteria of the sub-category.

Occupations in demand

This category is for highly skilled workers who have experience in a Saskatchewan-demand occupation and do not yet have a job in the province.

This sub-category is for skilled workers who:

  • Don’t have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly skilled in an in-demand occupation.
  • Meet the criteria. Criteria can change at any time, but we will use what was on this website when we first got your application.

Saskatchewan Express Entry

This sub-category is for candidates already in the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool and who have skilled work experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan.

This sub-category is for skilled workers who:

Saskatchewan Experience Category

Saskatchewan Experience is for international workers already in Saskatchewan. This includes holders of current work permits and graduates from other countries.

This category is for skilled workers who have worked in Saskatchewan for at most six months and hold a valid work permit.

This category is for Saskatchewan agri-workers that have worked in Saskatchewan for at least six months and have a valid work permit.

This category is for doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been employed in Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months.

This category is for food and drink servers, food counter attendants, and kitchen helpers in Saskatchewan. They must have worked in the province for at least six months.

This category is for people who have worked at an approved trucking company in Saskatchewan for at most six months.

This category is for students who have graduated from any post-secondary institution in Canada and worked in Saskatchewan for at most 24 months. Students must have been in Saskatchewan for less than 6 months after they graduate from an institution.

Entrepreneur and Farm Category

Entrepreneur Sub-Category

This category is for those who want to invest in Saskatchewan through acquiring, establishing, or partnering in businesses in the province. The business will require you to be involved in its management.

Sub-Category for Farm Owners and Operators

This category is for farmers who have a lot of capital and are looking to start a farm in Saskatchewan.

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have a minimum net worth of at least $500,000 CAD (or $300,000. through the Young Farmer’s Stream).
  • You must have at least 80 percent of your net worth accumulated through legal means

Sub-Category

Additional Requirements

Entrepreneur Sub-Category
  • Minimum of three years experience in entrepreneurship within the last 10 years.
  • You must have an equity minimum investment of $300,000.00 CAD in Regina and Saskatoon or $200,000 in another Saskatchewan community.
  • You must have a Business Establishment Plan.
  • You must own at least one-third of the equity in a Saskatchewan business (unless they total invest $1,000,000 CAD)
  • You must create or keep at least two jobs in Canada for Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents in Saskatchewan (if your business is located in Regina or Saskatoon),
  • You must ensure that there are at least two Canadian permanent residents working in the business you plan to purchase in Saskatoon and Regina.
  • Saskatchewan is the only place you can live with your family.
  • After your application has been approved, you will need to sign a performance agreement with Saskatchewan. This agreement will be provided by SINP.
  • Additional requirements must be met by the business.
Sub-Category for Farm Owners and Operators
  • You must have relevant experience and knowledge in farm operations.
  • You must have a viable and considered proposal for a Saskatchewan commercial farming opportunity.

Additional requirements are required for the Young Farmer Stream:

  • You must have at least three years experience in farming management or farm ownership.
  • You must be able to supplement your farm income by utilizing your spouse/common-law partner’s marketable skills and experience.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

You can apply for the SINP through the International Graduate Entrepreneur category. International students must graduate from Saskatchewan institutions and want to be entrepreneurs.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category Process

There are four steps to submit your nomination and application:

Step 1.

Submitting an Expression Of Interest (EOI), to the SINP
By submitting an Expression of Interest, candidates can express interest in being nominated for Permanent Residence as International Graduate Entrepreneur.

Step 2.

The EOI system selects candidates. The points grid score is used to determine which candidates are selected. The top scores will be invited for an interview.

Step 3. Business Establishment

Only approved applicants with a valid post-graduate work permit (PGWP), can operate the proposed business.

Step 4.

After a person has met the requirements of the Business Performance Agreement, they are eligible to apply for permanent residency by the SINP.

Program Requirements

Anyone applying for the SINP International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream must meet these requirements. You are responsible for attaching supporting documents to prove that you meet the eligibility criteria.

To submit an EOI, you must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • At least 21 years old
  • You have completed a minimum of two years’ worth of full-time post-secondary education from a Saskatchewan institution.
  • A valid post-graduation work permit with at least 24 months remaining.
  • Must have lived in Saskatchewan during the academic program.
  • Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB), level 7.

All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are eligible to apply. They must also be able and able to demonstrate knowledge of their Business Establishment Plan.