With an aim to streamline immigration in accordance with the ever-changing labour market demands, Saskatchewan is demanding the federal government to give them more autonomy over immigration to the province. Saskatchewan is seeking more independence in matters related to immigration similar to Quebec. The immigration system of Quebec is more or less independent from the federal system as the province takes decisions for itself on immigration levels and controls economic immigration to the province.
The growth plan of Saskatchewan for the year 2030 envisages increasing the population of the province to 1.4 million, and adding another 100000 jobs. It is impossible to achieve these goals without promoting immigration to the province. More power in matters related to immigration is expected to give the province the authority to change their immigration policies according to the demands of its labour market.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows the province to nominate eligible candidates for permanent residence in Canada. The province issues nominations based on the annual nomination allocations, which is the number of nominations allocated for each province by the federal government. The SINP has three major immigration categories, which are International Skilled Worker, Saskatchewan Experience and Business. There are also several subcategories under these catering to candidates with different skill sets and qualifications.
The Express Entry candidates who receive provincial nomination from Saskatchewan will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points added to their total CRS score. It guarantees them an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent federal Express Entry draw. The province also nominates candidates who do not have an Express Entry profile.
In the first three quarters of 2019, 12290 new permanent residents were admitted to Saskatchewan. Among them, 9385 were admitted through economic class while the remaining 1925 were admitted through family class. In 2018, a total of 15,510 new permanent residents were admitted to Saskatchewan that comprised 12,410 economic class immigrants and 1,985 family class immigrants.
If Saskatchewan gets more autonomy in matters related to immigration, the immigration system of the province would be entirely different and it is impossible to predict how it is going to affect the immigration prospects of candidates belonging to different categories. The best idea is to start the procedures for immigration as early as possible. Contact us to know more about Saskatchewan PNP and Canada migration.