Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

A Complete Guide On Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

The province of Saskatchewan is located in the heart of the Canadian prairies and is popular for its scenic provincial parks, recreational opportunities, and quality of life. Canada PR aspirants consist of 10% of the total population of the province.

The small town feel of Saskatchewan attracts international skilled workers and semi skilled agriculture workers alike. The capital, Regina has a population of around 230,000 people.

Agriculture is one of the primary industries along with mining, manufacturing, food processing, energy, and life sciences. 

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is to nominate those applicants for permanent residency who wish to live and work in Saskatchewan. Here is a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about SINP.

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Provincial Nominee Programs – Moving To Canada As A Permanent Resident (PR)

Overview of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The immigrant nominee program, SINP was rolled out to accelerate the immigration process for international skilled workers, farm owners and operators, entrepreneurs, and students with post graduates work permits or SINP job approval letters.

There are four main SINP categories for foreign nationals:

  1. International Skilled Worker – The international skilled worker category is to help foreign skilled workers work and live permanently in Saskatchewan.
  2. Worker with existing work permit in the province of Saskatchewan – Existing work permit stream is for foreign skilled workers who have been working for minimum six months with a valid work permit with Saskatchewan employer.
  3. Entrepreneur – This Saskatchewan immigration stream is for post-secondary graduates from Saskatchewan who wish to start a business in the province.
  4. Farm Owner and Operator: This Saskatchewan immigration stream is issued by government of Saskatchewan to experienced farmers who wish to establish or buy a farm in Saskatchewan.

How to qualify for a SINP

There are number of immigration streams under Saskatchewan immigration programs you can qualify for depending on your education, work experience, or entrepreneurial skills.

Requirements for sub-categories under International Skilled Worker

For foreign workers who have a job offer for a skilled occupation in Saskatchewan. 

Employment offer sub category

This category is for foreign workers who have a job offer for a skilled occupation from Saskatchewan employer with a valid SINP job approval.

Please Note: Health professionals need to apply under the Health Professional sub-category and hospitality workers need to apply through the Hospitality Sector Project.

  • Have at least 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid. 
  • Have a valid job offer listed in the NOC skill level A, B, 0, or in a designated trade.
  • Minimum one year work experience in your intended occupation.
  • Eligible for a Saskatchewan licence for regulated professions and trades, if applicable 
  • Minimum Canadian language benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French.




Occupation In-demand

This category is for skilled foreign workers who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan. 

Please Note: Candidates must submit an (EOI) Expression of Interest. 

  • Minimum 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Must have completed post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship equivalent to Canada, or completed a diploma, certificate or degree. 
  • Valid post graduation work experience in an occupation that is not on the SINP excluded occupation list.
  • Minimum one year, full-time work experience in a skilled occupation that must be NOC skill level A, B, or 0 or considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan. 
  • Proof of professional status or eligibility for licensure.
  • Minimum Canadian language benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French.
  • Proof of legal status in Canada.
  • Proof of settlement funds and settlement plan.

Saskatchewan Express Entry (EE)

Express Entry sub category is for qualified candidates with an express entry profile in the IRCC Express Entry system.

Please Note: Candidates cannot apply to Saskatchewan Express Entry stream directly. Only those with a Notification of Interest in their IRCC Express Entry profile can apply.

  • A valid Express Entry profile and job seeker validation code.
  • Minimum 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Language Proficiency test result that meets the EE language requirements.
  • Post-secondary education or training comparable to minimum one year of Canadian education.
  • Must have a diploma, certificate, or degree.
  • Valid work experience that is not in the Excluded Occupation List.
  • Skilled professionals to have minimum one year work experience in past 10 years.
  • Skilled tradespeople to have minimum two years work experience in the past five years.
  • Both skilled professionals and tradespeople to have minimum one year experience in Canada in the past three years. 
  • Work experience must be in same field.
  • Proof of professional status or eligibility for licensure.
  • Have proof of settlement funds and settlement plan.

Sub-category requirements under the International skilled worker stream

Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit

This international skilled worker category is for candidates looking to become permanent resident at Canada and posses at least six months of Canadian work experience on a valid work permit.

  • Have a full-time valid job offer in an in demand occupation listed in the NOC skill level A, B, or O from a Saskatchewan employer.
  • Have a valid SINP job approval letter.
  • Worked for more than six months before applying for permanent residence.
  • SINP job approval letter must be in the same category as the one you have been working in for the past six months.
  • Canadian language benchmark (CLB) 4 in French or English.
  • Proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure.

Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit

This international stream is for semi-skilled worker with existing work in Saskatchewan for at least six months.

  • A full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer listed as NOC 8431 that is General Farm Worker or NOC 8432 that is Nursery and Greenhouse Worker
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.
  • Job offer must be in the same occupation you have been working for past six months.
  • Worked for more than six months on a valid work permit.
  • Work permit can be for:
    • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
    • International Experience Canada
    • Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Minimum Canadian language benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French in case of NOC level C occupation.
  • Must have completed the equivalent of Canadian secondary school or above.

Health Professionals

This stream is for foreign health care professionals working full-time in Saskatchewan for at least six months and wish to live permanently in the province.

  • Must apply as a physician, nurse, or other health professional.
  • A valid temporary work permit issued by IRCC.
  • Minimum six months experience for a Saskatchewan employer.
  • Must meet SINP criteria.

Students

This stream is for students who have graduated from a recognised post-secondary institution in Canada and wish to permanently live and work in Saskatchewan.

In case you have graduated from a Saskatchewan post-secondary institute:

  • Submit a certificate, diploma, or degree.
  • Minimum work experience of six months (or 780 hours) in the province, including co-op placement and graduate fellowship.
  • Valid post-graduate work permit from IRCC.
  • Valid full-time job offer in your field of study.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.
  • CLB level 4 in English or French if the job offer is classified as a NOC C occupation.



In case you have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institute: 

  • Completed a program equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study. 
  • Must submit a certificate, diploma, or degree.
  • Minimum work experience of six months (or 780 hours) in Saskatchewan in a job related to your field of study.
  • Full-time job offer in your field of study in a occupation in the NOC skill level A, B, or 0 or in a designated trade.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.
  • CLB level 4 in English or French if the job offer is classified as a NOC C occupation.

Hospitality Sector Project

This stream is for skilled foreign workers currently working in hospitality sector in Saskatchewan.

  • A valid work permit issued by IRCC  as a:
    • NOC 6513: Food/Beverage Server 
    • NOC 6711: Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper
    • NOC 6731: Housekeeper/Cleaning Staff
  • Minimum work experience of six months or 780 hours with an SINP Hospitality-approved employer.
  • Completed at least the equivalent of Canadian secondary school.
  • Must work for an SINP approved employer.
  • A valid job offer from an approved Saskatchewan Hospitality employer.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.
  • Must have a CLB of 4 or higher in English in all four categories.

Long-Haul Truck Drivers Project

This stream is for temporary foreign works working for a SINP-approved Saskatchewan trucking firm and wish to permanently live and work as permanent resident.

  • Minimum six months work experience for an SINP-approved trucking firm.
  • Submit proof of work as a Long-Haul Truck Driver if you are not currently working in the province of Saskatchewan.
  • Have a Saskatchewan Class 1A driver’s licence or apply for one when you arrive in the province.
  • Full-time, permanent job offer from an approved trucking firm.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.
  • Must have a CLB of 4 or higher in English in all four categories.

Requirements for sub-categories under the streams for Entrepreneur

International Graduate Entrepreneur

This stream is for international students who have completed a degree from a Saskatchewan institution and want to either establish or buy a business in Saskatchewan.

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Completed a full-time post-secondary degree or diploma of minimum two years in an eligible Saskatchewan institution.
  • Valid Post-Graduate Work Permit with at least 24 months remaining.
  • Lived in Saskatchewan during the academic program.
  • Have a minimum CLB Level of 7.

After receiving the ITA (invitation to apply) that is approved by SINP, you must:

  • Live in Saskatchewan and operate the business for at least one year prior to applying. 
  • Own at least 33 per cent of the business.
  • Prove the business is generating minimum revenue for one year.
  • Sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) once your application is approved.

SINP Entrepreneur Program

This stream is for foreign national entrepreneurs who wish to establish or buy a business in Saskatchewan.

  • Meet the eligibility criteria of the EOI candidate pool and complete the Points Assessment Grid.
  • Minimum of $500,000 CAD in Net Business and Personal Assets.
  • Minimum three years relevant business management or entrepreneurial experience in the past 10 years.
  • Invest a minimum of $300,000 CAD in Regina or Saskatoon or minimum of $200,00 CAD in other communities.
  • If you’re invited to apply, please submit a Business Establishment Plan (BEP) that includes:
    • A detailed plan to establish a business that aligns with the Entrepreneur Category Points Grid.
    • Own minimum one-third of the equity or invest invest $1,000,000 CAD or higher.
    • Commitment to day-to-day management.
    • Create minimum two employment opportunities for Canadians citizens or permanent residents who are not related to you.

Requirements for sub-categories under the streams for Farm Owner and Operator

Farm Owner and Operator SINP

This stream is for foreigners with experience in farming and are willing to buy and run a farm in Saskatchewan.

  • Personal net worth of at least $500,000 CAD.
  • Minimum three years experience in:
    • Farm ownership
    • Farm management
    • Practical farming experience
  • Must sign a Performance Agreement to purchase and operate a farm in Saskatchewan.
  • Must have a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 (CAD) to be refunded when you’ve met the terms of the agreement.
  • Submit a proposal to invest $150,000 CAD for a commercial farming opportunity.
  • A commercial project expected to make a profit of minimum $10,000 CAD annually.
  • Score minimum 55 points on the Farm Owner/Operator Intent Grid.
  • Make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for at least 10 days to conduct research.

Farm Owner and Operator – Young Farmer Stream

This stream is for foreign nationals under the age of 40 with experience in farming.

  • Personal net worth of at least $300,000 CAD.
  • Minimum three years experience in:
    • Farm ownership
    • Farm management
    • Practical farming experience
  • Must sign a Performance Agreement to purchase and operate a farm in Saskatchewan.
  • Must have a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 (CAD) to be refunded when you’ve met the terms of the agreement.
  • A commercial project expected to make a profit of minimum $10,000 CAD annually.
  • You or your spouse must have relevant skills, based on education and experience, to supplement farming income.
  • Make an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan for at least 10 days to conduct research.

Step-by-step application process for SINP

Confirm you qualify

Once you know which immigration stream works best for you it’s important to make sure you meet all the mandatory requirements. 

For the Saskatchewan Express Entry stream only, applicants must submit an online profile through IRCC and meet the requirements for one of the following federal programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Once your profile is submitted you will get an Express Entry profile number and Job Seeker validation code. You will be provided 30 days to accept the SINP nomination.

After accepting the nomination, you will have to apply for PR by submitting your application in 60 days. 

Apply online 

Create an online account and apply at SINP Apply Online. 

  • Complete the different sections mentioned in the online application.
  • Scan and upload required documents and forms in PDF format.
  • Keep originals for your records.
  • Once your application is submitted, the SINP will send an email confirming they have received it.

Please Note: Applicants who received an ITA (Invitation to Apply) as an Expression of Interest (EOI) candidate will use the same account they created for their EOI profile. However, candidates need to create a new account if applying with a job offer.

For Entrepreneur Category  
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP.
  • While your application is under review, you will be contacted by Business Immigration Officer for an interview.
  • If you meet the criteria, you have to appear for a final interview either in-person or by video conferencing.
  • You will be sent a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) to review and sign.

For International Graduate Entrepreneur Category only
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP.
  • Top scoring candidates will be invited to apply.
  • Applicants on a valid post-graduate work permit (PGWP) must work full-time on their proposed business.
  • Once applicants fulfil the conditions of the BPA they can apply to become a provincial nominee for Canada PR. 



For Farm Owner and Operator applicants only
  • Submit all documents listed on the SINP Farm Category. 
  • You may include dependent family that is your partner, spouse, and dependent children as part of your nomination.
  • SINP will send you a Letter of Receipt and file number after receiving your application.
  • Retain a third-party financial service provider using the Letter of Receipt and procure a valid net worth report. 
  • Submit this financial report by email to [email protected]
  • You will receive an Acceptance of Application and Request for Processing Fee letter if your application is considered complete.
  • You need to pay the $2,500 CAD application processing fee by wire transfer.
  • Your application will be evaluated by the SINP. You might get an interview call for the same.
  • You will receive a Nomination Approval and Request for Deposit letter and a Business Performance Agreement if your application is accepted.
  • Send a refundable $75,000 CAD Good Faith Deposit by wire transfer within three months of receiving the nomination letter. 
  • You will receive a nomination package and information on how to apply for PR. You might also receive a Temporary Work Permit Support letter to come to Saskatchewan and prepare your farm. 

Pay an application fee

(For Saskatchewan EE and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories only)

Pay a non-refundable fee of $350 CAD after receiving an invitation to apply.

Receive decision on your application

You will receive a nomination package by email and the SINP will notify IRCC of your nomination if your application has been approved. You must apply for PR within six months of being nominated.

Temporary Work Permit for International Skilled Worker

Once your application is approved, SINP will provide you with a letter of support for a Temporary Work Permit. Once approved by the IRCC, you’ll be able to work in the province while your PR visa application is under process.

Apply for permanent residence

If your application is successful, the final step is to apply for permanent residence through IRCC. Please note, it is up to Government of Canada to grant you permanent residence. Who can help you file an application under Saskatchewan immigrant nominee program.

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