Saskatchewan PNP (SINP Requirements, Process, Explained)

Saskatchewan PNP (SINP Requirements, Process, Explained)

Saskatchewan, located in the heart of Canada, boasts a diverse economy anchored by agriculture, mining, and energy sectors. Saskatchewan’s welcoming environment has attracted a growing influx of immigrants, drawn by job opportunities and a high quality of life.

As the province continues to flourish economically, the integration of newcomers plays a crucial role in shaping Saskatchewan’s dynamic and multicultural identity.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Overview

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Saskatchewan PNP is program offers various streams in saskatchewan immigration, such as the International Skilled Worker, Saskatchewan Experience, and Entrepreneur categories, catering to diverse skill sets and backgrounds.

SINP serves as a vital tool for the province to address specific economic and demographic needs while facilitating the immigration of skilled individuals and entrepreneurs.

Saskatchewan has 4 streams to choose from:

  • 1. International Skilled Worker: This program is designed to attract skilled workers from around the world to contribute to the province’s economic development and fill in-demand occupations, it has further 5 sub categories to choose from.
  • 2. Worker with Saskatchewan Experience: The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Saskatchewan PNP includes a category for Workers with Saskatchewan Experience, facilitating permanent residency for individuals with prior work experience in the province. It has a further 6 categories.
  • 3. Farm owner and Operator Stream: This pathway for experienced farmers to obtain permanent residency and contribute to the agricultural sector in Saskatchewan.
  • 4. Entrepreneur Stream: The stream is for international graduates with entrepreneurial aspirations to establish and operate a business in Saskatchewan, fostering economic growth and innovation.

1. International Skilled Worker SINP

The International Skilled Worker (ISW) Stream in Saskatchewan PNP is designed for skilled individuals residing outside Saskatchewan who aspire to work and settle in the province.

International Skilled Worker offers 5 sub-categories through which applicants can apply.

StreamWho Can ApplyWork Experience RequirementLanguage & Education Requirement
1.1 Employment OfferIndividuals with job offer in designated field. Must achieve minimum score of 60 points on SINP assessment grid.At least 1 year of work experience in the past 10 years in intended occupation.Achieve minimum CLB 4.
1.2 Tech Talent PathwayIndividuals with tech job offer. Must hold valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code.6 months (30+ hours/week) work experience with employer providing Job Approval Letter, or 1 year in last 5 years.Meet federal language requirements. Possess post-secondary education related to offered job.
1.3 Occupation In-DemandIndividuals in high-demand occupations. Must achieve minimum score of 60 points on SINP assessment grid.At least 1 year of full-time high-skilled work experience in the past 10 years related to education and occupation.Achieve minimum CLB 4. Complete post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship relevant to occupation.
1.4 Saskatchewan Express EntryIndividuals with Express Entry profile. Must possess valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code.Relevant work experience not on Excluded Occupation List, meeting specific requirements for skilled professionals.Achieve minimum CLB 4. Complete post-secondary education or training equivalent to at least one year of Canadian education.
1.5 Hard-to-Fill Skills PilotIndividuals in hard-to-fill occupations. Must have SINP-approved offer for permanent, full-time job in Saskatchewan, supported by valid SINP Job Approval Letter from employer.Minimum of 1 year of full-time work experience in past 3 years in intended or related occupation.Achieve minimum CLB 4. Complete at least secondary school (high school) education or higher.

1.1 International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Score at least 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Have a minimum of 1 year of work experience in the past 10 years in your intended occupation.
  • Achieve a language score of CLB 4, though some employers may require higher proficiency.
  • Ensure eligibility for Saskatchewan licensing if your occupation is regulated.
  • Secure a permanent, full-time job offer in an occupation classified under NOC TEER level “0,” “1,” “2,” or “3,” or a designated trade in Saskatchewan, except for specific excluded occupations.
  • Obtain a SINP Job Approval Letter from registered employers who meet SINP hiring criteria

1.2 International Skilled Worker: Tech Talent Pathway

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold a valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code, and meet federal language requirements.
  • Meet work experience criteria: if in Saskatchewan, work for six months (30+ hours/week) with the employer providing the Job Approval Letter, or have one year of relevant experience in the last five years if not employed for six months.
  • For specific occupations, meet Saskatchewan licensing requirements through APEGS approval or Confirmatory Exams.
  • Possess post-secondary education related to the offered job (Master’s or Bachelor’s degree, three-year degree, or relevant diploma).
  • Confirm your intent to work and live in Saskatchewan.
  • Secure an offer for an eligible permanent, full-time job in the technology or innovation sector, supported by a SINP Job Approval Letter obtained through employer registration

Below are the occupations that are high-skilled technology and innovation occupations that are eligible:

NOCOccupation Titles
20012Computer and information systems managers
21310Electrical and Electronics engineers
21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21211Data Scientist
21220Cybersecurity specialists
21221Business system specialist
21222Information System specialist
21233Web designer
21223Database analysts and data administrator
21231Software engineers and designers
21230Computer systems developers and programmers
21232Software developers and programmers
21234Web developers and programmers
21233Web designers
22220Computer network and web technicians
22221User support technicians
22222Information systems testing technicians

1.3 International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Score at least 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Achieve a language score of at least 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
  • Have relevant post-secondary education, training, or apprenticeship with a diploma, certificate, or degree.
  • If educated outside Canada, provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from an approved organization.
  • For high school trade or job training, apply for Saskatchewan licensure.
  • Have at least one year of full-time high-skilled work experience in the past 10 years, related to your education and in an in-demand occupation (TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3).
  • Ensure your work experience matches your occupation and education.
  • Show proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan for Saskatchewan PNP.

1.4 International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code.
  • Attain a minimum of 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Obtain a language test result meeting federal Express Entry language requirements.
  • Complete post-secondary education or training equivalent to at least one year of Canadian education, with a related diploma, certificate, or degree.
  • For education outside Canada, submit an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from an IRCC-approved organization.
  • If high school training is completed, apply for Saskatchewan licensure instead of submitting an ECA.
  • Have relevant work experience not on the Excluded Occupation List, meeting specific requirements for skilled professionals: one year of work experience in the last 10 years, skilled tradespeople: two years of work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years, or Canadian Experience Class: One-year work experience in Canada in the past three years.
  • Ensure your work experience aligns with your completed education or training and is related to your job.
  • Demonstrate settlement funds and a settlement plan

1.5 Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in the past three years in your intended or a related occupation, or six months (780 hours) with the employer providing the Job Approval Letter; consecutive work experience is not required.
  2. Attain a language score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.
  3. Complete at least secondary school (high school) education or higher.
  4. For nominations in NOC 73300 – Transport Truck Drivers, provide proof of required licensing and endorsements from Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), including completion of Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) and a valid Class 1A or 2A licence, depending on the type of truck driven.
  5. Must have a SINP-approved offer for a permanent, full-time job in Saskatchewan, supported by a valid SINP Job Approval Letter from your employer.

Here’s an eligible occupation:

NOCOccupation Title
14400Shippers and receivers
14401Storekeepers and partspersons
14404Dispatchers
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient associates
33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33109Other assisting occupations in support of health services
44101Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations*
64314Hotel front desk clerks
65102Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
65200Food and beverage servers
65201Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
65310Light duty cleaners
65312Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
73201General building maintenance workers and building superintendents
73300Transport truck drivers
73400Heavy Equipment operators (except crane)
75101Material handlers
75110Construction trades helpers and labourers
84120Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85100Livestock labourers
85101Harvesting labourers
85111Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
94105Metalworking and forging machine operators
94106Machining tool operators
94120Sawmill machine operators
94140Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated processing
94141Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94204Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
94213Industrial painters, coaters and Metal finishing process operators
95101Labourers in Metal fabrication
95106Labourers in food, beverage and associated product processing
95109Other laborers in processing, manufacturing, and utilities

Processing Times:

SINP CategoryTime
Employment Offer3 weeks
Occupation In-Demand26 weeks
Express Entry25 weeks
Tech Talent Pathway2 weeks
Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot2 weeks

Learn more about International Skilled Worker Stream in Saskatchewan PNP.

Saskatchewan PNP Points Grid

SINP has total of 110 points in the Saskatchewan PNP grid system you would need at least 60 points to be eligible. You can calculate your points through the SINP points calculator to learn more about your eligibility.

FACTOR I: LABOUR MARKET SUCCESS
FACTOR I: LABOUR MARKET SUCCESS
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Master’s or Doctorate degree (Canadian equivalency).23
Bachelor’s degree OR at least a three-year degree at a university or college.20
Trade certification equivalent to journeyperson status in Saskatchewan.20
Canadian equivalency diploma that requires two (but less than three) years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other post-secondary institution.15
Canadian equivalency certificate or at least two semesters (but less than a two-year program) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other post-secondary institution.12
SKILLED WORK EXPERIENCE

 

  • Your work experience must relate to the job you have put on your application.
  • One year of work experience equals 12 full months.
 
a) Work experience in the 5 years prior to application submission date. 
5 years10
4 years8
3 years6
2 years4
1 year2
b) In the 6-10 years prior to application submission date. 
5 years5
4 years4
3 years3
2 years2
Less than 1 year0
LANGUAGE ABILITY

 

  • Check IRCC’s website to convert your IELTS, CELPIP or TEF scores to CLB 4-10.
 
a) First Language Test (English or French) 
CLB 8 and higher20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
English or French speaker without language test results.0
b) Second Language Test (English or French) 
CLB 8 or higher10
CLB 78
CLB 66
CLB 54
CLB 42
Not Applicable0
AGE 
Less than 18 years0
18 – 21 years8
22 – 34 years12
35 – 45 years10
46 – 50 years8
More than 50 years0

Source: saskatchewan.ca

FACTOR II: CONNECTION TO SASKATCHEWAN LABOUR MARKET & ADAPTABILITY
FACTOR II: CONNECTION TO SASKATCHEWAN LABOUR MARKET & ADAPTABILITY
The following points are for the Employment Offer subcategory only: 
High skilled employment offer from a Saskatchewan employer30
The following points are for the Occupation In-Demand and Saskatchewan Express Entry subcategories only 
Close family relative in Saskatchewan

 

  • The applicant or accompanying spouse has a family relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Saskatchewan and is not supporting any other family relatives at the time of your application. Eligible family members are a: parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, first cousin and step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships. The family members in Saskatchewan must meet the requirements as listed under “Required Documents” for your ISW sub-category. If your close relative in Saskatchewan has supported other relatives before your application, you must submit proof that the nominee who your close relative previously supported has been settled successfully in Saskatchewan for at least six months.
20
Past work experience in Saskatchewan

 

  • At least 12 months of work in the past five years on a valid work permit.
5
Past student experience in Saskatchewan

 

  • At least one full-time academic year at a recognized Saskatchewan post-secondary education institution on a valid study permit.
5
MAXIMUM POINTS FOR FACTOR II30
MAXIMUM POINTS TOTAL: I + II =110

2. Saskatchewan Experience Categories

The Saskatchewan Experience (In-SK) category in Saskatchewan PNP is designed for foreign nationals residing and working in Saskatchewan with a valid work permit in saskatchewan immigration.

This category includes 6 sub-categories available for foreign workers:

StreamEligibility RequirementsJob Offer RequirementWork Experience Requirement
2.1 Skilled Worker With Existing Work Permit– Hold a valid work permit from IRCC.
– Maintain a minimum CLB 4 language score for TEER “4” or “5” occupations.
– Refugees claimants in Canada are not eligible to apply.
Full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.At least six months of consecutive full-time work experience with the employer mentioned in the Job Approval Letter.
2.2 Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit– Have a permanent full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in specific NOC occupations.Permanent full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in specific NOC occupations.Worked for over six months with a valid work permit from the employer or previously worked in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months.
2.3 Health Professionals– Hold a temporary work permit as a Physician, Nurse, or other health professional.
– Plan to permanently reside in Saskatchewan.
Permanent full-time job offer from the employer providing the permanent job.At least six months of full-time work experience with the employer providing the permanent job.
2.4 Hospitality Sector Project– Have a minimum of six months (780 hours) of work experience with an SINP Hospitality-approved employer in Saskatchewan.
– Working in specific NOC positions.
Currently employed in Saskatchewan with a temporary work permit obtained through an LMIA.Minimum of six months (780 hours) of work experience with an SINP Hospitality-approved employer in Saskatchewan.
2.5 Long-Haul Truck Driver Project– None specified.Employed by an authorized trucking company in Saskatchewan with a temporary work permit issued by IRCC, supported by a positive LMIA from the Government of Canada.Minimum of six months (or 780 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan.
2.6 Students– Completed studies at a Saskatchewan institute or a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.Current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer.Minimum of six months (or 780 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan.

2.1 Skilled Worker With Existing Work Permit

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have a full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer.
  • Hold a valid work permit from IRCC.
  • Apply with specific occupations for certain work permits (CUAET, LMIA-supported, Mobilite Francophone).
  • For other work permit holders, apply with certain occupations or in a designated trade.
  • Possess a valid SINP Job Approval Letter obtained through employer registration.
  • Accumulate at least six months of consecutive full-time work experience with the mentioned employer.
  • Maintain a minimum CLB 4 language score for specific occupations.
  • Refugee claimants in Canada are not eligible to apply

2.2 Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Worked for over six months with a valid work permit from the employer or previously worked in Saskatchewan for a minimum of six months.
  2. Have a permanent full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer in specific National Occupation Classification (NOC) occupations:
    • NOC 885100: Livestock laborers
    • NOC 85101: Harvesting laborers
    • NOC 84120: Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
    • NOC 85103: Nursery and Greenhouse laborers

2.3 Health Professionals

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Worked full-time 6 months (at least 780 hours) work experience for the employer providing the permanent job.
  • Hold a temporary work permit as a Physician, Nurse, or other health professional.
  • Plan to permanently reside in Saskatchewan.

2.4 Hospitality Sector Project

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Currently employed in Saskatchewan with a temporary work permit obtained through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
  2. Have a minimum of six months (780 hours) of work experience with an SINP Hospitality-approved employer in Saskatchewan PNP.
  3. Working in one of the following positions:
    • Food/Beverage Server (NOC 6513)
    • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6711)
    • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6731)

2.5 Long-Haul Truck Driver Project

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be employed by an authorized trucking company in Saskatchewan with a temporary work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Government of Canada.
  • Must have a minimum of 6 months (or 780 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan.

2.6 Students

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completed studies at a Saskatchewan institute or a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Must have a minimum of 6 months (or 780 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan.
  • Hold a current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer.

Processing Time

SINP CategoryTime
Existing Work Permit2 week
Health Professionals3 week
International Students2 week
Truck Drivers2 week
Hospitality Workers1 week

Learn more about Worker with Saskatchewan Experience Streams in Saskatchewan PNP.

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3. Entrepreneur Stream

Eligibility Requirements:

For Applicants:

  • Net Worth: $500,000 CAD.
  • Experience: 3 years in the last 10.
  • Investment: Min. $300,000 CAD (Regina/Saskatoon), $200,000 CAD (other communities).
  • Business Plan Knowledge: Demonstrated understanding.
  • Job Creation: 2 jobs for residents/citizens.
  • Equity Ownership: more than or equal to 1/3 if investment less than $1M.
  • Residence: In Saskatchewan only.
  • Agreement: Sign Business Performance Agreement.

For Businesses:

  • Capability: Contribute to Saskatchewan’s economy.
  • Structure: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Corporation.
  • Objective: For-profit entity.
  • Establishment: Permanent establishment as per tax regulations.
  • Additional Criteria: Meet Canada-Saskatchewan Immigration Agreement.

Application Process

  1. Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP.
  2. Selection and Invitation to Submit an Application: EOIs are chosen based on points, with the highest-scoring candidates selected in each draw, dependent on program needs. Once invited, applications are processed in the order they are received.
  3. Business Establishment
  4. Approval of Nomination

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category is designed for students graduating from a Saskatchewan institution who aspire to be entrepreneurs.

With the Saskatchewan PNP Entrepreneur Program, you and your family can initiate, acquire, or collaborate on a business in Saskatchewan and actively participate in its management while residing in the province.

A similar application process is followed by the Entrepreneur Stream category.

Processing Time

SINP CategoryTime
Entrepreneur Applications5 weeks
Entrepreneurs Nominations1 week
FarmersN/A

Learn more about Entrepreneur stream Saskatchewan PNP in Saskatchewan PNP.

4. Farm Owner and Operator Category

The Farm Owner and Operator Category for saskatchewan immigration is designed for individuals from abroad seeking to relocate to Saskatchewan, provided they meet the following criteria: a demonstrated experience in farming, substantial capital for investment in a farming category, and the intention to purchase and manage a farm in Saskatchewan. It is important that business activities must be in primary agricultural production, encompassing both crops and livestock.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Financial Requirement: You must have a personal net worth of at least $500,000 (CAD), earned legally.
  • Experience: You should have a minimum of three years of experience in farm ownership, farm management, and practical farming.
  • Investment Proposal: Submit a researched commercial farming plan for Saskatchewan, with a minimum $150,000 (CAD) investment. Ensure the project is profit-oriented, and generates at least $10,000 CAD in annual revenue.
  • Intent Grid Score: Score at least 55 points on the Farm Owner/Operator Category Intent Grid.

Learn more about Farm Owner and Operator Category here.

FAQs

What requirements do I need for Saskatchewan PNP?

For Saskatchewan PNP, eligibility involves meeting work experience, language proficiency requirements, and having a connection to the province, with specific criteria varying based on the Express Entry or Occupation In-Demand subcategories.

What is the processing time for Saskatchewan PNP?

Saskatchewan PNP has different streams to choose from, depending on stream it could take 2 weeks to 25 weeks for the PNP process.
is 60 points good for Saskatchewan pnp?

A score of 60 points may be sufficient for eligibility, but the actual cutoff score for selection can fluctuate depending on the demand and the number of applicants.

is Saskatchewan pnp easy to get?

The ease of the Saskatchewan PNP depends on how well an applicant meets the program’s requirements. Thoroughly reviewing guidelines and staying informed about the latest updates is crucial for a successful application.

Can I apply for Saskatchewan PNP without job offer?

Yes, you can apply for the Saskatchewan immigration PNP without a job offer, depending on the stream. The Occupation In-Demand subcategory, for example, allows applicants with in-demand skills to apply without a job offer.

Can I apply SINP without IELTS?

While IELTS is often required for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), some streams may accept alternative language tests.

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