International Skilled Worker Category
The main benefits of the Saskatchewan International Skilled category are the need for only CLB 4 score (Canadian Language Benchmark) for English and 1 year of work experience. The medium wage requirements must still be followed.
The province offers 2 different types of nominations:
- They can use for their permanent residence application
- They can use for their work permit application
When applying for a Work Permit the nomination is a stronger document than an LMIA. A Work Permit allows the government officer to know the applicant plans to stay in the province; whereas an LMIA is temporary.
There are three sub-categories under this provincial nominee immigration category:
Occupations in demand sub-category does not allow for a work permit.
The program has limited spots available and it fills in a couple hours. The program also opens with out notice so be on the watch for it to open.
People who take advantage of this program are those that have relatives in Saskatchewan, have work experience in any of the jobs that is in the list of occupation and have the financial mean to support themselves when they arrive.
This does not need a job offer if they meet the requirement as it is points based. A job offer is worth 30 points while a family member is worth 20 and the total required is only 60.
Saskatchewan Experience Category
Saskatchewan Experience Category is generally for people who have come to Canada with an LMIA and want to apply for PR.
After 6 months of work experience has been gained one can apply for a nomination certificate and then after apply for PR. A language test is not required when applying for PR if the applicant qualifies as a skilled worker.
If the applicant is in a low skilled position, a language score of CLB 4 is required.
There are five sub-categories under this provincial nominee immigration category:
The Hospitality Sector Project sub-category is for individuals who want to apply for permanent residency in Saskatchewan and who have been working in the province for an SINP-approved employer on a valid work permit as food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, or housekeeping and cleaning staff for at least six months.
SINP Entrepreneur and Farm Category
This category is for people who wish immigrate to Canada through Saskatchewan Nominee Program by actively operating a business or farm in Saskatchewan.
There are two sub-categories under this provincial nominee immigration category:
Some of the eligible businesses include: sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, which are for-profit through the sale of goods and services. This includes buying a business, starting a new business or partnering with an existing business owner.
Eligibility for the Entrepreneur Category includes:
- Meeting requirements under the Canada-Saskatchewan Immigration Agreement 2005.
- Having the ability to create economic benefits for Saskatchewan.
- Continuing the operation of an existing business in Saskatchewan or establishing a new business that can meet Saskatchewan’s planned economic needs.
Requirement for Purchasing an Existing Business:
- The business must have been owned by one owner for at least 3 years and in continuous operation as well.
- The investor must complete an exploratory visit to meet the business’ current owners.
- Show proof that the investor has made efforts to provide fair market value for purchase of the business.
- Include a succession plan that show the complete change in ownership of the business; provided the investor wants full control.
- Commitment to maintaining current employment for the existing Canadian/permanent resident employees.
- Commitment to maintaining current employment terms and wages.
Joint venture requirements are similar to those when purchasing an existing business and should be assessed on a case by case basis.
Joint Ventures Between SINP Applicants are considered:
- The operation of a business with another SINP applicant in a new business.
- The purchase of a business with another SINP applicant.
- A partnership with a current Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen.
There are several businesses which are not eligible for the category:
- Property rental, investment, and leasing activities.
- Real estate construction/development/brokerage, insurance brokerage, or business brokerage.
- Professional services or self-employed business operations requiring accreditation/licensing.
- Pay-day loan, cheque cashing, money changing, and cash machines.
- Home-based businesses, such as lodgings or bed & breakfasts.
- Investments into a business operated primarily for deriving passive income.
To be considered for the Farm Owner/Operator category one must meet all of the following four criteria:
- Available Equity â€“ applicants must provide financial documents showing a net worth of $500,000;
- Refundable Cash Deposit â€“ applicants must sign a Performance Agreement committing them to purchasing a farm operation in Saskatchewan and make a â€œgood faithâ€� deposit of $75,000 in trust. The cash deposit will be returned to them when the terms of the Performance Agreement are met. The deposit will be forfeited to the province if the terms are not met within two years of landing in Saskatchewan;
- Mandatory visit to Saskatchewan â€“ have conducted a comprehensive exploratory visit to Saskatchewan of no less than five working days that includes an interview with an SINP representative; and
- Farm operation knowledge and experience â€“ applicants must provide documentation (e.g. education and training, work experience, financial documents of their previous operations) that demonstrate that they are knowledgeable farm operators. If necessary, this may be further verified by a personal interview with the applicant in Saskatchewan.