If you intend to apply for permanent residency to Canada but: your occupation is not one of  the 24 listed in the Priority Occupations List; or your occupation is on the list but the 300 cap per occupation has been met; you do not have a job offer – don’t worry.

Canadian provinces are constantly reviewing their own nomination programs leading to Canadian residency.  Saskatchewan has recently announced changes into its migration program designed to attract more immigrants because the process had been simplified and streamlined.

Which categories in Saskatchewan are still – and would likely be – open in 2014?

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will accept a maximum number of applications in each category in each calendar year.

As the official website reports, “the category application quota will be posted online and updated with remaining availability on a weekly basis.  When the category reaches the intake threshold, the website will be updated immediately and no further applications will be accepted.”

The following shows the total number of applicants in each sub-category of SINP. Based on this and previous years, those with family members in Saskatchewan, applicants who will meet the requirements for entrepreneurs and applicants in the hospitality sector pilot projects have more chances of getting into Saskatchewan, the province that has the highest productivity (real GDP per employed person) increased by 2.2% and was the highest among the provinces. Saskatchewan also led the nation in personal income (at 12.4%) and disposable income(at 13.7%) growth in 2008.

 

APPLICATION INTAKE THRESHOLDS AS OF November 5, 2013

CATEGORY

APPLICATION QUOTA

REMAINING APPLICATIONS

Skilled Workers

3,100

2,264

Existing Work Permits & Health Professionals

450

178

Family Referral

250

0

Entrepreneur

225

0

Farm Owner/Operator

25

17

Long Haul Truck Driver & Hospitality Sector Pilot Projects

200

1

Students - Out of Province Graduates

250

250

Students - Saskatchewan Graduates

150

150

These levels are in effect until December 31, 2013 and reviewed annually.

 

Highest productivity and income growth

The provincial government reported that Saskatchewan's economy, measured by the rate of increase in Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), expanded at an annual rate of 3.9 per cent in 2008 to $41,646 million of which approximately 25% derived from primary industries such as Agriculture, Mining and Petroleum.  A further 15% came fron the Finance, Insurance and Retail sectors and almost 13% from the Wholesale and Retail trades. 

And, an ever-increasing range of service industries including the hospitality and tourism sector offers employment opportunities and subsequent migration as permanent resident..

Saskatchewan's real GDP per capita increased by 3.7% (ranked 1st among the provinces) in 2008. Saskatchewan's productivity (real GDP per employed person) increased by 2.2% and was the highest among the provinces. Saskatchewan also led the nation in personal income (at 12.4%) and disposable income(at 13.7%) growth in 2008.

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