Saskatchewan removes upper limits from immigration streams

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Saskatchewan immigration Nominee Program (SINP) gives deserving candidates a PR visa to settle and work in the region.

For Saskatchewan’s major skilled worker streams, a significant change has been announced. This is following the transition to an Expression of Interest system. The streams it applies to are:

  • Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • Occupations In-Demand

Now the region has abandoned the use of thresholds for application intake via the program. Earlier, the province used to publish the upper limit of the number of applications it accepted in a year. The region also used to publish the number of vacancies remaining under the limit. The thresholds were regularly updated for the streams:

  • Saskatchewan experience
  • Students
  • International skilled workers with an employment offer
  • Hospitality workers
  • Entrepreneur farm owner
  • Long haul truck drivers
  • Existing work permits and health professionals

The decision not to publish the threshold information will be in effect from March 3, 2020. So far in 2020, Saskatchewan has had 2 skilled worker EOI draws with 545 invitations sent already. 42 entrepreneur stream invitations were also sent in a January 7 draw. In the latest skilled worker draw, the 11th since the SINP, the list of eligible occupations were significantly expanded. The number of listed occupations went up from 19 to 218 during 2019.

The Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) 

The SINP nominates candidates under 3 main categories namely:

  • International Skilled Worker
    This stream deals with candidates with status like

    • Skilled workers with a job offer
    • Skilled workers without a job offer but are highly skilled
    • Skilled workers who are in the federal express entry pool
  • Saskatchewan Experience
    This stream deals with candidates with status like

    • Skilled workers who have been working in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months with a valid work permit
    • Semi-skilled agriculture workers who have been working in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months with a valid work permit
    • Foreign nationals currently working in Saskatchewan for more than 6 months
    • Long haul truck drivers working in Canada on a temporary work permit
    • International students who have graduated from a Canadian or Saskatchewan post-secondary institution
  • Business
    This stream deals with candidates with status like

    • Individuals and their families going to start, buy or partner in a business in the province
    • International students graduating from Saskatchewan institutions staying back in the province as entrepreneurs
    • Individuals with farming experience, willing to buy and operate a farm in Saskatchewan
    • Young farmers, under 40 years of age, with at least 3 years’ experience in owning, managing or working on a farm

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