The government of Saskatchewan recognizes that temporary foreign workers who are currently working in Saskatchewan are among the top candidates for immigration, as they have experience of life in the province and have already made valuable contributions to the economy and community. The Saskatchewan Experience category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) offers a route to permanent resident status for such workers in specific occupations.
Saskatchewan Experience has a number of sub-categories that target various specific occupations. The SINP has identified that there may be gaps in these occupations in the province, meaning that candidates with these skills have a strong chance of finding work and settling permanently in the province.
As the Saskatchewan Experience category is not linked with the federal Express Entry system, applicants do not need to create an Express Entry profile and await an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a draw. Instead, if you are eligible to apply, you can submit an application directly to the SINP. If approved, you can then apply to the Canadian government for permanent resident status.
This means that some candidates who may not be eligible to apply through the Express Entry system, or whose Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is lower than the cut-off point in draws, may still have a route to Canadian immigration.
Eligible applicants can submit an application at any time.
Skilled worker with existing work permit
This Saskatchewan Experience sub-category targets skilled workers in occupations at level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. Workers must have at least six months’ work experience in Saskatchewan with a valid work permit.
Applicants must also have:
- a permanent, full-time job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. The job offer must be for a position that it either at NOC skill level 0, A, or B or in a designated trade;
- a valid SINP Job Approval Letter;
- at least six months’ work experience with the employer offering the job, and in the same position as the one stated in the job offer; and
- proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if your occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires compulsory certification or licensure.
Semi-skilled agricultural worker with existing work permit
General farm workers and nursery and greenhouse workers may apply through this Saskatchewan Experience sub-category, if they are otherwise eligible. This is a highly specific sub-category; only candidates in occupations listed under NOC number 8431 (General farm workers) and 8432 (Nursery and greenhouse workers) may be eligible. Applicants also need:
- a valid SINP Job Approval Letter;
- at least six months’ work experience with the employer offering the job, and in the same position as the one stated in the job offer;
- a valid Canadian work permit in one of the following programs:
- a valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) proving that they have completed the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school (high school) education or above; and
- a minimum language score of CLB 4, if the job offer is in a NOC C occupation.
Physicians, nurses, and other health professionals may be eligible to apply through this Saskatchewan Experience sub-category if they have been working full-time in Saskatchewan with a temporary work permit for at least six months.
Potential nurses and physicians must demonstrate they have the educational and professional qualifications to work in their field in Saskatchewan. There are slightly different further criteria for each profession in order to be eligible.
- Physicians need a valid work permit, and must have been practicing as a physician in Saskatchewan for at least six months. They must have a permanent, full-time job offer from the provincial health authority or health education institution where they are working. The job offer must be verified with documents that demonstrate they plan to permanently practice medicine in Saskatchewan. Potential physician candidates must also have a SINP Job Approval Letter. The SINP also contacts the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan to verify a potential candidate’s licence and expiry date, stated in a letter of support from the College.
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Psychiatric Nurses, or Registered Nurses (RNs) need a valid work permit, a permanent, full-time job offer from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, or another publicly-funded health employer, and a valid SINP Job Approval Letter. The SINP states it will contact the appropriate licensing bodies to verify each candidate has an unrestricted licence to practice in Saskatchewan.
- The SINP states that other health professionals may be eligible if they are currently working in health jobs at the NOC level 0, A, or B, and have a permanent, full-time job offer from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, or another health employer. Potential candidates must have at least six months’ work experience with the employer offering them the job, and at least one year post-secondary education or job-specific training. In addition, they must have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter. Potential candidates in occupations classed at NOC level C are also required to prove a language ability of CLB 4 or better. If the occupation is regulated in Saskatchewan, or requires certification or licensure, candidates must show they are eligible for licensure. The SINP states it will also contact the appropriate licensing body for a letter of support for each candidate, and a letter of support from the employer ensuring that the job offered to the immigration candidate was advertised in line with any union agreements, and remains unfilled.