SINP Processing Steps

Saskatchewanis one of the many provinces in Canada that has its own unique immigration system, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), to let in skilled workers who have what it takes to make the province their home. 

SINP is just one of the many ways for people to become permanent residents of Saskatchewan in 5-23 weeks.

There is normally a SINP draw every month. In the most recent SINP draw on September 25, 2018, 438 people were given ITA (Invitations to Apply) for PR in Canada.

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Today, we will be talking about the SINP processing steps of the following two programs:

  • Express Entry subcategory; and the
  • Occupations in demand subcategory

SINP Processing Steps

Both the International Skilled Worker Occupations in demand and International Skilled Worker Saskatchewan Express Entry have specific minimum requirements.

But there is one similarity, both require that you score at least a 60 on the EOI (Expression of Interest) Assessment Grid.

The grid will score you on the following factors out of a 100.

Factors Points Scored
Age 12
Language skills 20
Work experience 15
Education 23
Connection to province labour market 30

Please note that on the draw of 25 September, 2018, the scores required were:

  • 65 for the Express Entry subcategory; and
  • 66 for the Occupations in Demand subcategory

The EOI scores needed to apply can differ from draw to draw based on Saskatchewan's needs in its labour markets.

Below you can find out how the SINP process works and what you need to expect.

Step 1: Set Up Your SINP Application

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Create your online application on the Saskatchewan Government website and fill in your details online.

There are three categories under SINP that each have their own subcategories, these are the:

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

Once you select the SINP category you wish to apply for, you will get a file number after you complete your application. Do not worry if you do not hear back from Saskatchewan immediately because they will start pre-screening your application and contact you soon enough.

You will have to pay an application fee of CAD$300, this is non-refundable so please be aware.

Step 2: Pre-Screening Your Application

The next SINP processing steps that are taken are the pre-screening of your application. This is to ensure that your application is complete and that you have handed in all the required documents.

If there are problems with your application the following will happen:

You will be contacted by email with a list of documents you are missing in your application; and
You will also be informed that you must re-apply

But if there are no issues with your application, the Saskatchewan government will continue and review it to take a good look at the EOI points you have scored.

Step 3: Reviewing Your Application

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If there are no missing documents with your application, then your application will be reviewed based on all the information you have provided.

If Saskatchewan thinks you are the right candidate for their province, they will approve your application.

For example, Samuel is a person that recently applied using the SINP processing steps. Here is how his scores are broken down.

Factor Points Scores
29 years old 12
Trade certificate in agricultural farming 20
4 years of work experience 8
Scored 6 on the Canadian Language Benchmark 16
Job offer from a Saskatchewan employer 30
No close relative like a sibling, cousin, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece or grandparents in Canada 0
Never worked or studied in Canada 0

Samuel will thus score 86 out of 100 in the EOI grid ensuring that he will be nominated by the province.

If this happens to you, you will get an email confirming your results along with the following:

  • An SINP Nomination Approval Letter;
  • Instructions on how to apply for PR in Saskatchewan; and if applicable;
  • An SINP Work Permit Support letter

By getting a SINP Nomination, you can score an additional 600 points if you applied under Express Entry, which almost guarantees you getting an ITA to apply for PR in Canada.

Things to Remember

When you are nominated by Saskatchewan, do not forget to apply to the IRCC’s Centralized Intake Office for permanent residency within six months or you will have to start the application process again!

The IRCC has the final say on whether you succeed in your application as they will conduct checks on your:

Health, which is done through approved doctors that are on the panel of Canadian physicians;
Security history, which can include places you have lived in for more than six months since you were 18; and
Criminal record, done through police clearance documents and the CRMP (Canadian Royal Mounted Police)

Ready to Start Your SINP Application?

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Interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan and think you have what it takes to follow the SINP processing steps? We are happy to help.

Just sign up here and we will contact you to get your Canadian visa application started today.

But if you want to learn a bit more about the Saskatchewan PNP, now you can with our updated blog, where we go into more detail about the process, scores, and some great tips you should know about before you apply.