Applying for Permanent Residence
Both the federal and provincial governments offer programs to apply for permanent residence. For a complete list of all categories in Canada, refer to the ‘Immigrate’ section of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is an alternative program to the Canadian federal immigration program if you want to stay Saskatchewan as a permanent resident of Canada. The Student Stream offers opportuntiy for those who have a degree and are working for a Saskatchewan employer under the Post-graduate Work Permit ; and also to graduate students who have completed their studies.
Canadian Experience Class
Those who have completed a degree, diploma or certificate from a post-secondary program at an eligible, Canadian institution and have gained Canadian skilled-work experience may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class.
*According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means Skill Type 0, A or B. The following online tools can be used to determine the skill level of a job:
The Federal Skilled Worker Program
If you have skills and experience that meet Canada’s labour market needs, you may qualify for permanent resident status in Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. In addition, if you have completed a PhD OR two or more years of study towards a PhD in Canada you may qualify under the program, PhD stream.
SINP Student Category
The Student Category allows eligible post-secondary graduates to apply for landed immigrant status under the SINP. There are two streams of the Student Category: the Post-Graduation Work Permit Stream and the Master’s and PhD Graduate Stream.
As a provincial nominee, an applicant will receive:
- application processing times that are faster than other federal immigration classes; and
- assistance from Provincial Immigration Officers who are readily available to explain program requirements and processes
Information sessions for the Student Category are facilitated by the Saskatchewan Immigration Branch, Advanced Education and Employment at the University Of Saskatchewan. Watch your PAWS announcements for upcoming sessions.
Please note: ISSAC International Student Advisors can only provide general information about the Permanent Residence categories in Canada. As a Permanent Residence applicant, you are primarily responsible for determining if you are eligible for a particular category, and for ensuring that you are providing complete and accurate documentation to support your application.