Saskatchewan PNP still accepting applications for 2018

Hospitality Sector Project

About Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is a province in western Canada. Saskatchewan’s economy is reliant on agriculture, mining and energy.

Saskatchewan is big (651,900 square kms, compared to the Philippines’ 300,000 square kms), but sparsely populated (1,169,752 compared to the Philippines’ 103,300,000).

Saskatchewan receives the most sunshine in Canada. Depending where you are in the province, you can get very hot summers or very cold winters (or a lot of both). Highest recorded temperature in Canada was recorded in Saskatchewan (45 degrees celsius in Midale and Yellow Grass) while the coldest temperature in the province was -56.7 degrees celsius in Prince Albert. Saskatchewan is also the most tornado-prone province in Canada.

Saskatchewan recently raised their minimum wage. On April 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Saskatchewan increased to $10.96. Although Saskatchewan has the lowest minimum wage, you’ll find that there are quite still quite a few job opportunities in Canada.

The average income in Saskatchewan in 2017 was $52,728.

There are about 33,630 Filipinos in the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan immigration is a viable option for most Filipinos, with plenty of opportunities for those who meet the minimum requirements.

Why you should be interested in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has one of Canada’s fastest growing economies and populations. There’s also a lot of Filipinos already there (particularly in Saskatoon and Regina).

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Saskatchewan PNP, also known as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), allows qualified immigrants to come to the province as Permanent Residents. Saskatchewan identifies qualified immigrants based on their skills and work experience, issuing them Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Certificates. Saskatchewan Provincial Nominees usually experience much shorter processing times than applications made under other immigration classes.

The Government of Canada sets limits to the number of nominations the Province of Saskatchewan can make every year. To ensure that service standards are met, the Province of Saskatchewan only accepts a certain number of applications every year. When the maximum number of applications has been met, no new applications will be accepted until the program is reopened.

You can apply for the SINP under three main categories: the International Skilled Worker Category, the Saskatchewan Experience Category and the Entrepreneur and Farm Category.

1) SINP International Skilled Worker Category

You can apply for this category if you are a skilled worker who plans to live and work in the province. Your application will be measured using a points-based system, with nominations made using three sub-categories:

A) Employment Offer

You can apply under this sub-category if you are a skilled worker with valid job offer from an authorized Canadian employer based in Saskatchewan.

The maximum number of applications allowed under this sub-category is: 5,000.

UPDATE: The International Skilled Worker Category – Employment Offer sub-category is currently accepting applications.

B) Occupations In-Demand

You can apply under this sub-category if you are a highly-skilled worker with experience in an in-demand occupation without a job offer from an authorized Canadian employer based in Saskatchewan.

The maximum number of applications allowed under this sub-category is: 3,300.

UPDATE: The International Skilled Worker Category – Occupations In-Demand sub-category is currently NOT accepting applications.

C) Saskatchewan Express Entry

You can apply under this sub-category if you have already made an Express Entry profile online and have experience in an in-demand occupation. SINP Express Entry applicants don’t have to have a job offer, but having experience in a position that is in high demand will definitely help things move along so much quicker.

The maximum number of applications allowed under this sub-category is: 2,600

UPDATE: The International Skilled Worker Category – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category is currently NOT accepting applications.

2) SINP Saskatchewan Experience Category

You can apply for this category if you are an OFW currently living in Saskatchewan. Nominations are made using five sub-categories:

A) Existing Work Permit

You can apply under this sub-category if you’re an OFW and you’ve been already been working for the past six months in Saskatchewan with a valid work permit.

B) Health Professionals

You can apply under this sub-category if you have worked as a physician or a nurse in Saskatchewan for the past six months.

The maximum number of applications allowed under BOTH Existing Work Permit and Health Professional sub-categories is: 1,200

UPDATE: The Saskatchewan Experience Category – Existing Work Permit and Health Professionals sub-categories are currently accepting applications.

C) Hospitality Sector Project

You can apply under this sub-category if you have worked as a food and beverage server, food counter attendant, kitchen helper, or housekeeping and cleaning staff in Saskatchewan for at least six months. Your Canadian employer must have prior authority from the Province of Saskatchewan before you can start working.

The maximum number of applications allowed under this sub-category is: 500

UPDATE: The Saskatchewan Experience Category – Hospitality Sector Project is currently accepting applications.

D) Long Haul Truck Driver Project

You can apply under this sub-category if you are currently working for a Canadian trucking firm approved by the Province of Saskatchewan. You must have been already working for at least six months before submitting an application under this sub-category.

The maximum number of applications allowed under this sub-category is: 300

UPDATE: The Saskatchewan Experience Category – Long Haul Truck Driver Project is currently accepting applications.

E) Students

You can apply under this sub-category if you were a student who graduated from a post-secondary institution recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan. You must have work experience in the province before applying under this sub-category.

The maximum number of applications allowed under this sub-category is: 1,000

UPDATE: The Saskatchewan Experience Category – Students sub-category is currently accepting applications.

3) SINP Entrepreneur and Farm Category

You can apply for this category if you’re thinking about putting up a business in Saskatchewan. You can also apply if you’re able to operate a farm. Nominations are made using two sub-categories:

A) Entrepreneur

You can apply under this sub-category if you can invest in putting up (or partnering with an existing) business in Saskatchewan. Take note that you’ll be expected to have an active management role in the business.

B) Farm

You can apply under this sub-category if you’re an experienced farmer who can invest in putting up (or partnering with an existing) farm in Saskatchewan.

The maximum number of applications allowed under BOTH Existing Work Permit and Health Professional sub-categories is: 50

UPDATE: The Saskatchewan Experience Category – Entrepreneur and Farm sub-categories are both currently accepting applications.

UPDATE: The SINP Entrepreneur and Farm Category will be sending out Expressions of Interest (EOI) on the following dates:

April 18, 2018
July 18, 2018
October 18, 2018

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for under the SINP if you are:

A) a refugee claimant
B) living and working in Canada illegally
C) subject for a removal (deportation) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
D) prohibited from entering Canada
E) if you (or any of your qualified dependents) have a serious medical condition
F) if you (or any of your qualified dependents) have a criminal record
G) if you (or any of your qualified dependents) are involved in an ongoing child custody dispute
H) misrepresented yourself in your application
I) committed fraud in your application

Businesses that are not allowed

You can’t apply as an entrepreneur under the SINP if your proposed businesses are involved in:

A) Property rental, investment and leasing
B) Real estate construction, development and brokerage
C) Professional services requiring licensing and accreditation
D) Payday loans, cheque cashing, foreign exchange, cash machines and credit unions
E) Home-based businesses such as bed and breakfasts
F) Co-operatives and investments in a business operated primarily for deriving passive investment income

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