Saskatchewan has recently unveiled plans to broaden the scope of workers. Those, eligible to apply for permanent residence (PR) through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). A component of Saskatchewan’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
With this announcement, workers engaged in intermediate and lower-skilled occupations located within the province can now seek PR through the Existing Work Permit stream of the SINP. Provided they meet the fundamental eligibility criteria for both the specific stream and the SINP.
This expansion of eligible occupations for PR signifies that individuals holding work permits in more than 279 different job categories now have the opportunity to establish permanent residency in Saskatchewan. This includes professions like truck drivers, farm laborers, retail sales personnel, nurses’ aides, and various others. Before this development, only newcomers in high-skilled roles and designated trades could pursue PR through this stream.
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To apply under this expanded stream, applicants must satisfy both the specific requirements of the stream and the general SINP eligibility criteria. This includes having:
- An eligible open work permit, a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-supported work permit.
- A francophone mobility work permit, or a Canadian Ukrainian Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) visa.
- In addition, a valid SINP job approval letter.
- Six months (equivalent to 780 hours) of full-time work experience in the same role specified in the job approval letter.
- A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 4 if their job falls within a TEER 4 or 5 occupation.
- An eligible Saskatchewan license if their occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan.
Who Doesn’t Qualify for These Changes?
Despite the broadened eligibility in the Existing Work Permit stream, it’s crucial to highlight that the following individuals remain ineligible to pursue immigration to Saskatchewan through this particular pathway:
- Food and beverage servers
- Truck drivers (recommended to apply through the Long Haul Truck Driver Project or the Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot).
- Health professionals (recommended to apply for the SINP Health Professional Sub-category).
- Graduates currently employed under a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
- Lastly, Refugee claimants seeking asylum in Canada.