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Immigrate as a skilled worker through Express Entry

Immigration law, regarding foreign citizens, is related to nationality law, which governs the legal status of people, in matters such as citizenship. Immigration laws vary from country to country, as well as according to the political climate of the times, as sentiments may sway from the widely inclusive to the deeply exclusive of new immigrants.

Immigration law regarding the citizens of a country is regulated by international law. Certain countries may maintain rather strict laws which regulate both the right of entry and internal rights, such as the duration of stay and the right to participate in government. Most countries have laws which designate a process for naturalization, by which immigrants may become citizens.

Canada choose skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in our economy. There is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.

 

How it works :

It (Express Entry) is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Provinces and Territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labor market needs.

Completing an Express Entry profile is the first step to immigrate to Canada permanently as a skilled worker. Completing an Express Entry profile does not guarantee that you will receive an Invitation to apply for permanent residence. An Invitation to Apply for permanent residence will be based on your score and rank in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System.

The Express Entry system has two steps:

Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:

  • Skills,
  • Work experience,
  • Language ability,
  • Education, and
  • Other details that will help us assess them.

Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.

Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters etc.

For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and receive points, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians and permanent residents for available jobs. There will be no LMIA fee for permanent resident applications.

The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.

Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:

  • a job offer, and/or
  • a nomination from a province or territory, and/or
  • Skills and experience factors.
  • A candidate can get additional points for:
  • a job offer supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment, or
  • a nomination by a province or territory

These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible round of invitations.

If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.

Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.

CANADA VISITOR VISA

Visitors' visas for holiday purposes do not allow engagement in business activities. If the purpose of your planned travel is recreational in nature, including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, and activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature, then a visitor visa would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel. 

A visitor visa is an indication that a person is authorized to enter the country which "issued" the visa, subject to permission of an immigration official at the time of actual entry. The authorization may be a document, but more commonly it is a stamp endorsed in the applicant's passport. Some countries do not require a visa in some situations, such as a result of reciprocal treaty arrangements. The country issuing the visa typically attaches various conditions to the visa, such as the time that the visa is valid, the period that the person may stay in the country, whether the visa is valid for more than one visit, etc.

Basic requirements:
To visit Canada, you will need to meet some basic requirements, such as:

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
  • be in good health,
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions,
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country,
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
  • Have enough money for your stay. (The amount of money you will need can vary. It depends on things such as how long you will stay, and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.)
  • You may also need a: medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

Canada Permanent Residency Options for Students in Canada

There are many Canadian immigration options for students who are studying in Canada. Students with previous experience in Canada are more attractive to Canadian employers, and because of the excellent quality of Canadian schools, Canada is eager to retain foreign students that have graduated from its educational institutions.

It is possible to apply for both temporary (work and study) and permanent residence in Canada. It allows students to apply for permanent residence, while at the same time securing their temporary study permit. For students, this makes Canada an even more attractive place to study.

There are a number of programs that offer Canada permanent residency for students after they have completed their full time education.

Canadian Experience Class

Foreign students who have studied at an accredited post-secondary school on a full-time basis, in a program of at least 2 years, may qualify under this program. The foreign student must have completed the program on a Canadian campus and obtained the educational credential. In addition, the foreign student must have worked for at least 12 months in a full-time, skilled position. The work experience must have been obtained after graduating from the program of study.

For foreign workers, the required prior work experience in Canada must fall into one of three categories in order to be considered valid experience for the purposes of the program.  The work must have been in a managerial position (classified as NOC Skill Type 0), a professional position (classified as NOC Skill Type A), or a technical or skilled trade job (classified as NOC Skill Type B).

In order to be eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class, applicants must:

To qualify under the Canadian Experience Class, the candidate must

  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec,
  • have at least 12 months of full time (or the equivalent in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada with the proper authorization in the three years before they apply, and
  • Meet the required language levels needed for the job for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension).

As of January 1, 2015, potential candidates interested in applying to the Canadian Experience Class must go through the Express Entry system. Canadian Experience Class applicants may work in Canada while their application is being processed, as long as they have a valid work permit.

Candidates are assessed against others in the pool, and are ranked based on criteria that are known to contribute to a newcomer's economic success once in Canada. Only the highest-ranked candidates, and those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations, are invited to apply for permanent residence.

Candidates have 60 days to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class. CIC will process the majority of complete permanent residence applications received (i.e. those including all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.

For more information please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/hire/cec.asp

Quebec Experience Class

Foreign students who have studied in Quebec and completed a CEGEP, Vocational, Bachelor's or Master's/PhD level degree and who have intermediate proficiency in French can qualify under this program, without any work experience!

Individuals who have work experience in Quebec, or who have studied in Quebec, may be eligible for the Quebec Experience Class program through Immigration Quebec. This program is known in French as the Programme de l'expérience Québécoise, or PEQ.  This program has some of the fastest processing times of all Canadian immigration programs.

All programs under Immigration Quebec require two steps for processing. First, an applicant is required to submit an application for an Immigration Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) and then submit an application to receive their Canadian immigration visa from the Federal government. The Federal government will only assess an application for security and criminal and medical background checks.

To be eligible for this program, the applicant must be at least 18 years old and intend to permanently settle in the province of Quebec.

There are two streams under this immigration program, one for foreign students and one for foreign workers, they are described below:

The foreign student stream under the Quebec Experience Class requires that the applicant:

  • Graduated from, or will be graduating shortly from, a school in Quebec and studied in a program of at least two years in length.  Please note that not all type of Quebec diplomas make a foreign student eligible for the PEQ program.  Determine whether or not your diploma makes you eligible here.
  • Be able to provide for yourself and your spouse or any dependent children for at 3 months after you have been granted permanent residency in Quebec
  • Demonstrate at least an advanced intermediate level of oral French by providing your results from a standardized test.  If you have any of the following documents instead, you do not need to submit a language test:
    • Proof that you completed at least 36 months of secondary or post-secondary full time education in French by submitting an academic transcript
    • Proof of completing an advanced-intermediate level French course from an institution recognized by Quebec's education ministry through submitting an academic transcript
    • Proof that you have met the language requirements governing their professional order in Quebec 

NOTE: In cases where more than 36 months have passed since your graduation from a Quebec institution and the date when you submit your application for the PEQ, you are ineligible for the program.The foreign worker stream under the Quebec Experience Class requires that the applicant:

  • Completed at least twelve months of work experience in Quebec in a managerial, professional or skilled position within the 2 years preceding the date of application.  The job you held must be on the list of occupations eligible for this program.
  • Are currently working and have legal status as a temporary resident in Quebec
  • Demonstrate at least an advanced intermediate level of oral French through a standardize test, or submit alternative documentation (see foreign student section for details).
  • Demonstrate that you can support yourself and your spouse and dependent children, if applicable, for at least three months after you are granted permanent residency in Quebec.

For more information please visit http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/immigrate-settle/students/index.html

Provincial Nomination Programs

Provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia all have programs for foreign students who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary program. Some of these programs will require a job offer or work experience in the province where the degree was obtained, while some do not. The advantage of these programs is that applicants may receive their Canada permanent residency faster than under other programs.

Under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), provinces and territories can nominate people who meet specific local labor market needs for permanent residence. Details about each PNP can be found on provincial and territorial government immigration websites. 

Regular PNP nominations are processed within the current service standard of 11 months, in 80 percent of cases. PNP nominations that are processed through the Express Entry system will be processed in 6 months or less, in 80 percent of cases.

Provinces and territories have various streams in their PNPs, but they tend to fall into five areas:

  • Skilled workers,
  • Semi-skilled workers,
  • Business/investors,
  • International student graduates, and
  • Family or community connections.

Most PNPs include one or more employer-driven streams, which let employers nominate workers who meet provincial or territorial nomination requirements. These may include certain jobs, education, work experience, official language skills and age.

Applicants must show they can establish themselves economically in that province. CIC is responsible for ensuring that nominees meet admissibility requirements (i.e., medical, criminal and security checks).

As of January 1, 2015, provinces and territories can also nominate a certain number of skilled workers through the Express Entry system to meet local immigration and labour market needs.

These people have to complete an online profile, meet the criteria to get into the pool of candidates, and obtain a nomination from a province or a territory under one of the PNP Express Entry streams.

If a candidate is nominated by a province or territory, they will get enough points in their Express Entry ranking to ensure that they are invited by CIC to apply for permanent residence at the next eligible round of invitations. After being invited, they would submit an electronic application for permanent residence to CIC.

For more information please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/hire/provincial.asp

Each province and territory has its own streams and criteria for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These can change without notice.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada's department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.

Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC makes final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications.

Effective August 27, 2015, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not be accepting new applications under any AINP Streams or Categories until January 27, 2016. This temporary pause will help the AINP assess existing applications in the queue and prevent the queue from growing further.

Visit the AINP processing and inventory page for regular updates on application processing and inventory status: http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/immigrating/ainp.aspx

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program designed to help B.C. meet its dynamic labour market and economic development priorities. The program allows B.C. to select foreign workers and international graduates who have the skills and experience to contribute to B.C.’s economy.

The BC PNP is operated by the Province of B.C. in partnership with the federal government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The BC PNP assesses applications and nominates candidates for permanent residence. CIC makes the final decision on each application and issues permanent resident visas to successful applicants (provincial nominees).

Effective September 1st, 2015, new applications will no longer be accepted for the majority of BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. 

For more information please visit: http://www.welcomebc.ca/pnp

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba is growing through immigration. Over the last 10 years, almost 130,000 people from all over the world have made Manitoba, Canada, their new home.

This thriving province in the center of Canada is a great place to live and work, with numerous job opportunities, affordable cost of living, good quality of life, welcoming communities, natural beauty including many lakes and rivers and much more.

In our high-powered economy, skilled workers, tradespeople and professionals are in demand. In fact, the Government of Manitoba projects a labour shortage of over 20,000 skilled workers by 2020.

That’s why Manitoba was the first Canadian province to establish its own immigration program, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Each year, some 15,000 immigrants arrive in Manitoba. The outcomes for internationally experienced workers who immigrate through the MPNP are positive. According to a recent survey, 85 per cent of Manitoba nominees were working three months after arrival, 76 per cent were homeowners within five years and 95 per cent of families settled permanently in the community.

Whether you simply want to visit Manitoba to explore our rich cultural history and natural beauty, come to Manitoba to work temporarily or immigrate to our province through one of the available options, including the world-renowned Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, in this section you will find everything you need to know to be successful.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labor market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba.

Immigration through the MPNP is a three-step process

STEP 1

Submit an Expression of Interest

STEP 2

The highest-scoring qualified candidates with a connection to Manitoba are invited to submit an MPNP application

STEP 3

Following a thorough assessment, the MPNP nominates successful candidates to make a separate application to the Government of Canada for permanent resident visas for you and your family.

International Student Working Graduates

Only graduates of Manitoba post-secondary educational institutions are considered. You are eligible if your Manitoba employer offers you a long-term job following at least six months of continuous full-time employment on a valid post-graduation work permit.

Required documents: In MPNP Online you must upload copies of: your valid post-graduation work permit; confirmation from your employer of minimum six months continuous full-time work; your job-offer letter, specifying salary/wage and details of the position, on company letterhead and signed by your employer, as well as education and all other documents described on the page: Documents.

Eligibility:

  • Attended an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language programs are specifically excluded.)
  • Your academic/vocational program was full-time and at least one academic year in duration.
  • You successfully completed your program and were awarded a diploma, degree or certificate.
  • You have been continuously working at least six months for the same employer who has offered you a permanent (long-term) full-time job.
  • You have a valid post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Your connection to Manitoba through employment is stronger than ties you may have to another Canadian province.
  • You demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
  • You have all qualifications and the English or French language proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job. *

* Minimum language for lower-skilled occupations If your job is classified as lower skilled (NOC C or D) you must submit in MPNP Online results of an MPNP-approved language test demonstrating official language proficiency at CLB 4 (NCLC 4, French) or higher in all test categories according to the MPNP’s CLB Language Grid. NOC C and D jobs include lower-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, and certain clerical and assistant categories.

Skilled Workers Overseas

All applicants to the MPNP who are applying as Skilled Workers Overseas must demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba either through the support of family members or friends, through previous education or work experience in the province or through an Invitation to Apply received directly from the MPNP as part of a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. You can find more information about the different types of eligible connections below.

Manitoba Support

A Manitoba Supporter is an established resident of the province who is a friend or relative of the applicant and is willing and able to review and endorse the applicant’s plan for settling and finding employment in their destination community. A Manitoba Supporter must be the applicant’s close relative or friend/distant relative, and must be:

  • able to provide documents proving they reside and are established in Manitoba and have been living in the province continuously for at least one year (ex: copy of Manitoba Health Card)
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (ex: copy of Permanent Resident Card)
  • able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and to Manitoba
  • able to demonstrate that any applications they previously supported resulted in successful, permanent economic establishment in Manitoba
  • able to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan

For close relatives, both the applicant and the supporter must provide documents proving their familial relationship.

Close relatives may support the application of more than one skilled worker at a time provided they satisfactorily demonstrate their ability to do so.

For friends and distant relatives, their household must not be currently supporting the settlement of another MPNP applicant, nominee or person under another Canadian immigration program.

Finally, your supporter cannot be and the MPNP will not accept a Settlement Plan Part 2 signed by:

  • a paid immigration representative
  • anyone who is not a demonstrated relative or friend of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse
  • a Canadian elected official or their staff

Your Manitoba supporter is your connection to the province; to be eligible for the MPNP you must also demonstrate you can be assessed sufficient points for language, employability, education, age and adaptability according to the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet.

Note: Applicants with Manitoba Supporters should declare that person and their address as local contact for correspondence with the MPNP so that your supporter is authorized to discuss your application.

Important: The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program is not a sponsorship program. Because the MPNP is a labor market-driven, economic immigration program, all applicants must be employable and adaptable skilled workers with job-ready English, sufficient settlement funds and the genuine intention and ability to economically establish in Manitoba as permanent residents.

Familial relationships

To be considered a close relative, a Manitoba Supporter must be related to the applicant (or the applicant’s spouse) in one of the following ways:

  • sister or brother
  • niece or nephew (ex: child of your sister or brother)
  • aunt or uncle (ex: brother or sister of your mother or father)
  • first cousin (ex: child of your aunt or uncle)
  • mother or father
  • grandmother or grandfather

Manitoba Experience

Manitoba Experience means that in the past you lived in the province as a temporary foreign worker or as an international student.

Manitoba Experience is your connection; to be eligible for the MPNP you must also demonstrate you can be assessed sufficient points for language, employability, education, age and adaptability according to the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet.

Skilled workers considering applying with connection of Manitoba Experience may refer to the points worksheet to see how many points you may be assessed for your past employment, or for your past education (dependent on your level and duration of studies).

Past employment in Manitoba:

In the past, you worked full-time for a Manitoba employer at least six consecutive months. Submit signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead AND copy of work permit proving you worked in Manitoba.

Past education in Manitoba:

As an international student you attended and completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. (Language studies are not authorized.)

To prove you studied in Manitoba, you must submit your study permit(s), your academic transcripts and the certificate, diploma or degree you received for completing the program.

For more information please visit: http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/immigrate/

Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Nova Scotia offers a quality of life that is disappearing in much of North America, allowing its residents to keep everything in perspective: work, family, relaxation and responsibility.

We are fortunate to be surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling sea, lush green forests, lakes and farmland. All of this, combined with our growing cities and low cost of living, makes Nova Scotia one of the most enjoyable places to live in Canada.

An international graduate from a Canadian college or university, who has a valid post-graduation work permit and a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, can apply for permanent residency through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program’s Skilled Worker stream.

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers recruit and hire foreign workers for positions they’ve been unable to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers recruit and hire foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are in limited supply in Nova Scotia. The employer can only hire foreign workers for positions they have been unable to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration reserves the right to consider only certain types of jobs and occupations for nomination, depending on the current economic situation of the Nova Scotia labor market needs. It has different types of Immigration program like Skilled Worker, Demand Nova Scotia Express Entry, Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

This program through which Ontario nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province. The Government of Ontario established Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to help employers succeed in the global competition for talent. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has a target of 5,200 nominations in 2015; this includes nominations for both the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and Ontario Express Entry.

Once they are recruited by an employer, individuals who meet all of the OINP requirements may be nominated by the province for permanent residence as Provincial Nominees. Individuals applying in the International Students: Masters Graduate or PhD graduates stream can apply directly to OINP.

Nominated individuals must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC then performs important admissibility checks for health and security in order to grant permanent residence to applicants. Nominees can also apply to CIC for a temporary work permit while their permanent residence application is being processed.

Applying for immigration can seem complicated when both the Provincial and Federal Governments play a role in the process.

Ontario Express Entry

Express Entry is a new application management system introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to manage permanent resident applications for skilled migration to Canada. To qualify for Express Entry and be considered for nomination by Ontario, candidates must qualify for one of two federal immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

What is the International Student with a Job Offer Stream?

Prospective nominees (the applicant) can only apply if they have received an approved permanent full-time job offer from an Ontario employer, or from a business making an approved and endorsed investment in Ontario.

In order to apply as a nominee, the applicant must have a job offer that has been approved by OINP.

To be eligible to apply, an International Student must have a job offer that meets the following criteria:

  • be an approved permanent, full-time job offer in a high-skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B), and
  • Meets the entry-level wage levels in Ontario for that occupation.

The International Student must also:

  • have graduated from or have met the requirements of a full-time degree or diploma program at an eligible publicly-funded Canadian college or university that is at least two (2) years in length or a one year post-graduate certificate program, which requires a previous degree in order to qualify,
  • have completed at least half of their studies in Canada, and
  • Apply within two years from the date on which they graduated.

OINP will not accept applications from International Students in their final semester of studies. Applicants must have met all the degree requirements at the time of application.

Applicants must have met all the degree requirements at the time of application.

What is the International Students - Masters Graduates Stream?

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers an opportunity for International Students – Masters Graduates to live and work permanently in Ontario.

Prospective nominees applying under the Masters Graduates stream can apply without a job offer. Applicants can send nominee applications  directly to OINP.

The application fee for Masters Graduates is $1500. This fee must be included in the nominee application package.

OINP no longer accepts incomplete nominee applications, and will return them to applicants. In cases where OINP returns incomplete applications to applicants, OINP will also return the enclosed application fees.

To be eligible to apply as a Masters Graduate, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • have graduated or have met degree requirements from a Masters Degree program that is at least one academic year, completed full-time at an eligible publicly-funded university in Ontario,
  • applying within two years of the date on which their Masters Degree was granted,
  • have legal status in Canada (i.e. study permit, work permit, visitor record),
  • currently reside in Ontario,
  • intends to live and work in Ontario,
  • demonstrate high official language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 7
    • Demonstrated through the following International English Language Testing (IELTS) General Test scores and Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) scores in each language competency
    • Listening: IELTS 6 or TEF 249-279
    • Reading: IELTS 6 or TEF 207-232
    • Writing: IELTS 6 or TEF 310-348
    • Speaking: IELTS 6 or TEF 310-348

demonstrate a minimum level of savings/income to support themselves and their dependents, demonstrate at least 12 cumulative months of residence in Ontario in the 24 months prior to the submission of the application, and Must not be intending to pursue further academic studies in Ontario.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) can provide an alternate means of entry into Canada.  It allows Saskatchewan to nominate applicants, who qualify under criteria established by the province, to the federal government for permanent residency.  There is no deadline to apply to the SINP.  However, program criteria may change without notice and your application will be assessed according to the criteria in place at the time we receive your complete application.

International Skilled Worker Category

The International Skilled Worker category is for skilled workers who want to work and live in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Experience Category

The Saskatchewan Experience category is for foreign nationals currently working and living in Saskatchewan. The Student sub-category allows students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution to apply for nomination by the SINP.

Eligibility: Students who have graduated from a Saskatchewan Institute 

You may qualify to apply if:

  • You have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan.  The program must have been equivalent to at least one academic year (eight months) of full-time study.
  • You must have worked for at least six months (with minimum 960 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan.*Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include on- campus, off-campus, co-op terms, graduate fellowships that can be verified by your institution, and work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • You have applied for and received a valid post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  • You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in an occupation in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B”, “0”; or in a designated trade (Please note: Food and Beverage Servers/Persons must apply under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project sub-category); or a job offer that is related to your field of study and requires post-secondary education.
  • You have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

Students who have graduated from an institute in Canada

You may qualify to apply if:

  • You have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada (outside of Saskatchewan). The program must have been equivalent to at least two academic years (16 months) of full-time study.
  • You have worked for at least 24 consecutive months of paid employment (with a minimum of 3840 hours) in Saskatchewan after graduation and after receiving a valid post-graduation work permit. *Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  • You have applied for and received a valid post-graduation work permit from CIC.
  • You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in an occupation in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B”, “0”; or in a designated trade (Please note: Food and Beverage Servers/Persons must apply under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project sub-category); or a job offer that is related to your field of study and requires post-secondary education.
  • You have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

Program criteria may change without notice and applications will be assessed according to the criteria on this website when the SINP receives your completed application. Please be advised the SINP is subject to a nomination limit set by the federal government and application intake thresholds. The ability to be nominated is affected by these constraints and program criterion.

Top five reasons to join a CO-OP program:

  • Gain valuable paid work experience in your field of study
  • Develop professional skills and gain a better understanding of the workplace
  • Discover what career fits you through different job opportunities
  • Meet key people in the job market who will facilitate your placement after graduation
  • Travel and meet interesting people

Top Tourist Attractions in Canada

The second largest country in the world, Canada has no shortage of beautiful landscapes and unique sites for travellers to explore.

  • Ontario:

    Niagara Falls (Niagara region), CN Tower (Toronto), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (Toronto), Canada's Wonderland (Vaughan), Parliament Hill (Ottawa), Peace Tower(Ottawa), even some best universities like University of Toronto, McMaster University, York University, Ryerson University

  • British Columbia:

    Royal British Columbia Museum (Victoria), Beacon Hill Park (Victoria), Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria), the Rocky Mountains (BC), Whistler Blackcomb (Whistler), Stanley Park (Vancouver), British Columbia Parliament Buildings (Victoria), Victoria's Inner Harbour(BC) & University of British Columbia

  • Alberta:

    Banff National Park (Edmonton), Jasper National Park (Edmonton), Canadian Rockies (Alberta), West Edmonton Mall (Edmonton), Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton), Dinosaur Provincial Park (Calgary) Jasper Skytram, Calgary Stampede (Calagary)

  • Saskatchewan:

    Royal Saskatchewan Museum (Regina), Saskatchewan Legislative Building (Regina), Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (Saskatoon) Kenosee Superslides (Saskatchewan)

  • Manitoba:

    Assiniboine Park Zoo (Winnipeg), Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (Winnipeg), Saint Boniface Cathedral (Winnipeg), Polar Bears of Churchill, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

  • Québec:

    Old Quebec, Aquarium du Québec, Quebec City armoury, Parliament Building, Old Montreal

  • All other places:

    St. John's Signal Hill (Newfoundland and Labrador), Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick (Nova Scotia), Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland and Labrador)

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