The Canadian Province of Saskatchewan has set a new fee for applicants to two of its immigration schemes for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The fee from April 1, 2017, will be $300 when submitting an application to the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry and International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand subcategories.
Intake quotes for both of these schemes fill very quickly when they open, usually within hours or days. The streams were introduced in 2015 and open to accept new eligible candidates from the pool on a regular basis.
For both schemes, no job offer for the province is required if candidates meet the eligibility criteria and have work experience in an in-demand occupation for Saskatchewan.
For the SINP International Skilled Worker: Express Entry sub category candidates who are in the federal Express Entry pool can apply for a Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination certificate. Candidates who gain PNP – Provincial Nomination are awarded an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry. The additional points mean that candidates will be well above the threshold for the next round of invites for Express Entry and will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency to Canada.
The SINP International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand category is a perfect route to immigration for those with work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in demand occupations. This stream does not use the federal Express Entry system. Candidates do not need a job offer but must achieve a minimum language score, have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system and have at least one year of experience in the in-demand occupation they are submitting for. Candidates will also need any relevant certification and be licensing, proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan. They must score at least 60 points in the Points Assessment Grid. Points are awarded based on education and training, skilled work experience, language and connection to the Saskatchewan labour market.