Saskatchewan Wants Immigrants starting Next Year - 2014

The provincial government of Saskatchewan has overhauled and streamlined its provincial nomination program, allowing foreign nationals – Filipinos included – to obtain permanent residency.


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Saskatchewan Wants Immigrants starting Next Year - 2014
Written by Kristoffer Ray Condes.
Posted on November 19, 2013 | Canada

Responding to feedback from immigration stakeholders (the business, residents, immigrant communities of Saskatchewan) the provincial government of Saskatchewan has overhauled and streamlined its provincial nomination program, allowing foreign nationals – Filipinos included – to obtain permanent residency.


Changes to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will become effective January 2, 2014. The program consolidated the previous nomination programs into three categories:

  • International Skilled Worker;
  • Saskatchewan Experience; and
  • Entrepreneur and Farm

 

International Skilled Worker Category

Similar to the Federal Skilled Worker category, this PNP program of Saskatchewan category has offers permanent residency to foreign workers who can “successfully demonstrate that they have the necessary experience, education, language and adaptability to thrive in the province” even without a job offer.

As announced, the program will include the following criteria:

  • A points system that assesses employment offers, education, work experience, language skills, family connections, and other factors. Family connection points have been increased and can now account for up to 20% of total points;
  • Applicants must have language skills equivalent to or higher than Canadian Level Benchmark 4. These skills must be proven by submitting scores from an SINP-approved language exam, including the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
  • Applicants with work experience in a regulated profession (such as nursing or engineering) must obtain necessary provincial certification; and
  • Applicants without a skilled job offer must submit a settlement plan and proof of settlement funds.

For 2014, a total of 250 applications will be accepted from applicants who do not have a job offer in Saskatchewan. Applicants’ occupations must be included on a designated list of occupations. Watch for detailed guidelines on the points system and application procedures available next month - December 2013.

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