Saskatchewan is not the biggest or the most popular province in Canada, but it has over the years become a favorite destination for immigrants from around the world.
This is because the province has started creating more job opportunities and attracting skilled workers who wish to work and live in the province.
The province currently accounts for more than 54% of grains in the country and has seen its unemployment rate drop to an all-time low of 6.2%, a number which could further drop in the nearest future. If you want to immigrate to Saskatchewan for work, there are some ways you could go about it and we discussed them on this page.
Ways You Can Immigrate to Saskatchewan
The Canadian Express Entry
Canadian Express Entry system is a point-based immigration application system that ranks candidates based on their work experience, education qualification, Ability to settle in Canada, language proficiency, skills, age, family ties to Canada, and so many others.
The Express Entry program has become a favorite destination for both immigrants and provinces that are searching for skilled workers to fill out vacant positions that are in demand. You can immigrate to Canada by accessing any of the major federal programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
- Federal Trade Worker Program (FTWP); and
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Here are the steps involved to apply through Express Entry
- Check if you meet the minimum requirements
- Create an online Express Entry profile
- Receive a CRS score
- Get an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
- Collect your supporting documents
- Pay your fees and submit an application
Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program
Each province in Canada has its own provincial nominee program through which they are able to invite immigrants who will fill up vacant positions or in-demand jobs in the province.
Saskatchewan has its own provincial nomination program called Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP). the program focuses on inviting immigrants who have the skills, talents, and work experience the province is looking for.
If you receive a provincial nomination from the province you will be given a Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Certificate which would permit you to apply for permanent residency in the province. There are categories under the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee program and they include:
- International Skilled Worker Category
- Saskatchewan Work Experience Category
- Entrepreneur Category
- Farm Owner and Operator Category
International Skilled Worker
Under this category, the province nominates skilled immigrants for permanent residency. After your skills are assessed and you meet all the criteria which include Canadian skilled work experience, education, and proficiency in English and/or French. You will receive a nomination certificate.
Saskatchewan Work Experience Category
This category was created to specifically attract and bring skilled workers to apply for permanent resident status. The program is restricted to only international workers who are currently living and working in the province with a valid work permit.
Through this program, eligible applicants will be given the opportunity to become permanent residents through the Saskatchewan INP. The Saskatchewan Work Experience Category is divided into different subcategories namely
- Skilled Worker with Existing Work Permit
- Semi-Skilled Agriculture Worker with Existing Work Permit
- Health Professionals
- Hospitality Sector Project
- Long-Haul Truck Driver Project
Through this category, immigrants who wish to invest in Saskatchewan are invited to become permanent residents. To qualify under this category you’d have to purchase an already existing business or start your own business in the province.
You’d have to first show interest to start or own a business in Saskatchewan which will be based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. If you meet all the requirements for this category, you’d be sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Farm Owner and Operator
Saskatchewan contributes the majority of the grains used in Canada. This means there are plenty of opportunities for farmers and farm operators who wish to immigrate to the province. If you are going to buy or own a farm in the province, then this is the category you need to apply for permanent residency
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)
This is a new program introduced to help increase the popularity of rural and smaller communities in the province. Some employers in the rural communities have signed up to participate and help bring foreign workers to the province through this program. If you wouldn’t mind residing in a less popular side of Saskatchewan, then you should apply through this category.