If you completed your post-secondary studies in the province of Saskatchewan and you have plans to manage your own business, then the International Graduate Entrepreneur category (IGE) could be your ticket to permanent resident status in Canada.
The International Graduate Entrepreneur is a category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, used to nominate business-oriented graduates for permanent resident status in Canada.
Application Procedure: Saskatchewan International Graduate Entrepreneur
The Saskatchewan International Graduate Entrepreneur category is a multi-phase application process.
Phase One: Expression of Interest: Interested candidates begin by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Saskatchewan. Candidates are ranked against one another using the Saskatchewan International Graduate Entrepreneur points grid. On a monthly basis, Saskatchewan will invite the highest ranking candidates to apply to the IGE.
Phase Two: Invitation to Apply (ITA): Upon receiving an ITA, candidates have 30 days to submit an application to Saskatchewan. This application includes documentation supporting all claims made in the EOI, as well as a detailed Business Establishment Plan (BEP) explaining the candidate’s plans for establishing and managing a business in Saskatchewan.
Phase Three: Business Establishment: If an application is approved, the applicant will be sent a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) by the province of Saskatchewan detailing the expectations for the applicant’s business. The applicant must sign the BPA and establish their business in Saskatchewan. After the business has been established for at least 12 months, the applicant may apply to Saskatchewan for provincial nomination.
Phase Four: Provincial Nomination & Permanent Resident application: If an applicant is approved for provincial nomination, the applicant can then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status. Please note that the business must remain active for the duration of the permanent resident application process.