Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Programme (SINP)
SASKATCHEWAN IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAMME (SINP)
There is a noticeable change in the amount of permanent residences in Saskatchewan looking to sponsor family members after living in the province for one year. International students are starting to flock to Saskatchewan to take advantage of the SINP student category that allows them to apply for permanent residence after 6 months while working at any job. The hospitality program is working great to help hotels and other businesses that qualify keep their foreign workers and reunite them with their family members.
The SINP Entrepreneur Program offers you and your family the opportunity to establish, acquire or partner in a business in Saskatchewan and be actively involved in its management.
There are four criteria in the SINP Entrepreneur Category that you must meet to be approved for nomination:
1. A minimum net worth of $300,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD) that can be verified.
2. Accumulation of net worth through legal means, which can be verified.
3. Minimum three years entrepreneurial or relevant business management experience.
4. Intent to reside and actively invest in Saskatchewan.
Once you are approved for nomination, you will be required to:
1. Have a minimum active investment of $150,000 CAD in the Province of Saskatchewan. If you own less than 1/3 of the business, then your total investment must be worth at least $1 million CAD.
2. Be involved in the day-to-day management of your business.
3. Make a $75,000 good faith deposit. When you apply to the SINP you must deposit $2,500. Once you are nominated for Permanent Residence you will have to deposit an additional $72,500. If you meet certain conditions you may apply for your good faith deposit to be returned.
The farm owner/operator category is restricted to proprietary businesses that include primary agricultural production. Agri-business operations may qualify under the Entrepreneur category of the SINP.
The Farm Owner/Operator category is for individuals with proven experience in farming and substantial capital available to invest in a farming operation and who intend to purchase and operate a farming operation in Saskatchewan.
The Young Farmer stream of the Farm Owner/Operator Category is designed to allow young farm families to establish their lives and farming operations in the Saskatchewan province’s rural areas.
If at the time of your application your age is above 40 years
Then to be considered for this Farm Owner/Operator category you must meet all of the following four criteria:
1. Available Equity – you must provide financial documents showing a net worth of $500,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD).
2. Refundable Cash Deposit – you must sign a Performance Agreement committing to purchase a farm operation in Saskatchewan and make a “good faith” deposit of $75,000 CAD in trust. The cash deposit will be returned to you when the terms of the Performance Agreement are met. The deposit will be forfeited to the Province if the terms are not met within two years of landing in Saskatchewan.
3. Mandatory visit to Saskatchewan – you must have conduct a comprehensive exploratory visit to Saskatchewan of no less than five working days and must meet with an SINP representative.
4. Farm operation knowledge and experience – you must provide documentation (e.g. education and training, work experience, financial documents of their previous operations) that demonstrates that you are a knowledgeable farm operator. If necessary, we may further verify this information through an interview when you are in Saskatchewan.
Young Farmer Stream of the Farm Owner/Operator Category
• Have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000 CAD, which is verifiable to 80% certainty.
• Verifiable legal accumulation of funds to 80% certainty.
• At the time of your application you must be under age 40.
• You must have a minimum of three years farm ownership, farm management or practical farming experience.
• You must provide a documented proposal for a commercial Saskatchewan farming opportunity based on research, consultations or formal coursework relevant to Saskatchewan agricultural conditions. Hobby Farms are not eligible. The farming proposal must be a commercial venture undertaken with a reasonable expectation of profit. In Saskatchewan, a qualified farming business must have a minimum of $10,000 CAD annual revenue.
• You or your spouse must have marketable employment skills, based on education and experience that allows you to supplement your farming income.
• Before submitting your application you must have conducted an exploratory visit to Saskatchewan that lasted at least five days.
• You must have practical farming experience with skills that are relevant to Saskatchewan farming conditions.
• You must make a minimum equity investment of $150,000 CAD in a new or existing farming operation in Saskatchewan comprised of either capital assets (land, machinery) or working capital.
You must make a $75,000 CAD refundable deposit into the Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Trust Fund ($2,500 upon acceptance of application and $72000 after nomination).
This category is for skilled workers, professionals or managers who have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Saskatchewan employer. It is divided into three sub-categories: Skilled Workers/Professionals, Critical Occupations and Existing Work Permit.
This category allows internationally-trained health professionals, who have been working in Saskatchewan for at least six months under a temporary work permit, to apply for permanent residency status under the SINP. It is divided into three sub-categories: Physicians, Nurses and Other Health Professions.
HOSPITALITY SECTOR PILOT PROJECT Under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project, the SINP can nominate foreign workers that are currently working in Saskatchewan in one of the following categories: Food/Beverage Server; Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper; or Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff.
LONG HAUL TRUCK DRIVERS
This category allows Saskatchewan trucking firms to bring workers to the province for occupations requiring a high school diploma or on-the-job training under Service Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker policy.
This category allows students who have graduated from a recognized, post-secondary educational institution in Canada and worked for at least six months for a Saskatchewan employer under a CIC post-graduation work permit in any field to apply for landed immigrant status under the SINP.
This category is for immigrant families living in Saskatchewan who want to help their skilled and educated family members come to work and live in the province. Supporting family members must provide support to applicants and their dependents to help them establish and settle in Saskatchewan.