SINP the definitive guide

SINP Canada –

How to apply for Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program- SINP


In this detailed guide you will learn all about:


·                Introduction to SINP

·                Things to consider before choosing SINP

·                Application Categories

·                How SINP works?

·                How to apply for SINP ?

·                SINP processing Time

·                SINP processing Fee



1.   What is Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)?


Immigration to Canada is every man’s dream, for the country ever presents exciting work and residential opportunities to foreign nationals. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is one such way (and a popular one too) to gain Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada.

Conveniently situated in Western Canada, Saskatchewan is one of the best locales for settlement. Saskatchewan is called as “Land of Living Skies” where you can see different colour in sky when you move to small towns and farmland. You can clearly see sky touching ground when you move outside cities. The capital of Saskatchewan is Regina and major city according to population is Saskatoon.

Its agriculture-based economy also attracts people from far and wide. To fill certain gaps in its economy and to boost growth, SINP invites foreigners with the necessary skills and experience to apply for Saskatchewan provincial nomination and eventually for PR.


2.   Why should you Choose SINP?

Applying for a provincial nomination to Saskatchewan via SINP presents a couple of advantages.


1.       Under two categories of SINP called “Saskatchewan Express Entry” and “Occupation in-demand”, there is no need of job offer and experience in Canada or any connection with Saskatchewan.

2.       Deserving candidates are allowed a less complex and time-saving route to apply directly to the Canadian government. The processing time of applications coming through SINP is relatively lesser.

3.       Applicants receive complete support and guidance from provincial immigration officers on the various requirement criteria to avoid any possibility of error in the application.

4.       SINP not only helps foreign immigrants but also residents living and working in the province. The program presents opportunities to skilled participants for investing in or starting a business in Saskatchewan.

Taking about my experience with SINP, it took almost 2 and half months to receive the nomination if I exclude the waiting period to receive the CIPS certificate.

During the process, one of my bank statements was missing but I must say SINP is very supportive and responsive.

They asked me to submit it as soon as possible and I did the same. Except this, there were many times I called and email them to know other things and even after receiving nomination.

Trust me; SINP is one of the best immigrant nominee programs to apply for.


3.   What are the SINP Application Categories

There are Four Major Categories of SINP who have further sub-categories:


Category 1: International Skilled Worker Stream

Category 2: International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

Category 3: Entrepreneur and Farm Category

Category 4: Saskatchewan Experience Category


Category 1: International Skilled Worker Stream


Applications from foreign skilled workers are invited to fill the skilled labour gap in the province. Nominations fall under the following sub-categories:


1.       Express Entry Stream

2.       Occupation In-Demand Stream

3.       Employment Offer Stream


International Skilled Worker – Express Entry Stream 

The Express Entry Stream works on the EOI point-system model wherein candidates who meet criteria can create an online profile of Expression of Interest (EOI) on the SINP login portal.

Check my complete guide on “Saskatchewan Expression of Interest (EOI)” which will help you to know about SINP EOI system, how to calculate points for EOI, how to create and submit EOI, how EOI system works and how SINP ranks candidates on the base of EOI.

After submission of the profile, candidates are ranked via the SINP Ranking System and assigned a score. Those who rank the highest are chosen from one of the SINP draws and issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for provincial nomination.


Check my detailed guide on “How to apply for SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry Stream” to know more details about In-demand occupation list, Eligibility Criteria for SINP Express Entry Stream, How to Apply under SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry Stream, and Processing Time and Fees for SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry Stream.


International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand Stream

Skilled workers who possess the required experience in any one of the in-demand occupations in Saskatchewan can apply under this category.

Note that candidates applying under this category need not have a job offer from an employer in Saskatchewan.

As International Skilled Worker Occupation in-demand stream is not aligned with Express Entry, which means candidates cannot take advantage of the 6-month average processing times of Express Entry.


Processing times of International Skilled Worker Occupation in-demand stream are usually longer and take at least 1 year from PNP to express entry to PR


Before applying under SINP international skilled worker occupation in-demand Stream, do check your occupation must not be excluded from in-demand list.



Eligibility criteria for International Skilled Worker Occupation in-demand stream includes:

1.)     You may qualify for this sub-category if you live outside Canada or applicants living in Canada must submit proof of legal status but not holding the status of refugee.

2.)     A minimum score of 60 points out of 100 based on the Point Assessment Grid. To calculate points on SINP points assessment grid, 

3.)     Minimum language score of 4 as per the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

4.)     A candidate must have a diploma, certificate or degree. For education outside of Canada, you must submit an educational credential assessment (ECA) from a designated organization. 

Individuals who have completed trades or job training as part of their high school education must instead apply for Saskatchewan license.

5.)     At least 1-year post-secondary education or training relative to the education system in Canada, as a result of which the candidate possesses a relevant degree, diploma, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate.

6.)     Minimum work experience in the specific line of education or training in a skilled occupation which is believed to be in-demand in Saskatchewan

7.)     Proof of Professional Status of Licensure if required under SINP.


Check here if your NOC code require license to work in Saskatchewan.

8.)     Proof of funds and plan of settlement.


How to Apply Under the SINP Occupation In-Demand Stream?


This stream works on the EOI system. Applicants who qualify the minimum requirements of the stream can create an online profile on the SINP online portal.

After the profile is successfully submitted, all candidates are assigned a score and rank via the SINP Ranking System. Those who rank the highest are chosen via one of the SINP draws and granted an ITA to file application for nomination.

Candidates receiving the ITA must submit a complete application to the Saskatchewan province within 60 days. They’re also required to pay non-refundable application processing fee of $350 CAD.

As SINP international skilled worker occupation in-demand mostly resemble with SINP international skilled worker express entry stream except the existence of express entry profile so the basic fundamental of both the streams related to each other.


·        Expression of interest (EOI) system

·        Points Assessment Grid for Expression of Interest (EOI)

·        How to Create and Submit SINP Expression of Interest (EOI) Profile

·        How the SINP Express of Interest (EOI) System Works

·        How SINP EOI Candidates Are Ranked


Approved applications are notified via email. The applicant is granted provincial nomination and stands eligible to submit an application to the federal government for PR to Canada.

They have 6 months’ time limit to do so. After receiving the nomination, processing of application will be paper based.


Processing Time for International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand Stream

The general processing time for all applications submitted under the International Skilled Worker category is 20-25 weeks. However, all documents and form must be submitted in the correct order with accurate information to avoid delay in processing or rejection.


Processing Fee for International Skilled Worker – Occupation In-Demand Stream

Processing fee for occupation in-demand is $350.


International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer Stream


Skilled workers in Saskatchewan who has already received a job offer from an employer in the province are entitled to apply under this category.

However, the employer is required to first obtain approval from SINP before the candidate submits his/her application.

Failure to receive approval from SINP can result in immediate rejection of the candidate’s application.

To seek approval, the employer would be required to first register on the SINP Employer website.

After review of the position in question and approval of the same, SINP sends a Job Approval Letter to the employer.

The candidate is required to submit a copy of this letter along with their application to SINP.


Eligibility criteria for applicants under the SINP International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer stream


·                A minimum score of 60 points out of 100 on the Points Assessment Grid.

·               Proof of language proficiency along with a minimum score of CLB 4. 

·                Hold a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Saskatchewan. The employer must      be registered with SINP.

·                At least 1 year paid work experience over the last 10 years in the mentioned occupation

·               Proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure in case the job offer is from an occupation regulated in the province and mandates certification of licensing. Must have license before applying to SINP. 

·                Provide proof of legal status if the candidate is a current resident of Canada


How to Apply for SINP International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer Stream


1.              Candidates who satisfy the above mentioned criteria are eligible to apply for provincial nomination on the SINP online portal. The application process doesn’t involve any fee for application processing.

2.              The application process requires the usual submission of all complete and accurate forms and documents as may be demanded by SINP under this sub-category.

3.              If the candidate’s application is approved, the applicant is notified via email. The applicant is granted an official provincial nomination and they stand eligible to further apply to the Canadian federal government for PR to the state.

4.              The candidate is given 6 months’ time to submit the PR application after receiving the provincial nomination from the Saskatchewan province.

5.              Applications submitted under this stream are relatively processed faster in comparison to those submitted under other sub-categories. The IRCC generally takes about only 4 weeks to process all applications received under the International Skilled Worker Employment Offer stream.


Processing Time and Fees for SINP International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer Stream


There are no application fees for this stream and processing time for approving job letter is 8 to 10 weeks and after filling application to SINP, average processing time is 3 to 4 weeks.

Note: The processing time averages mentioned for all of the categories and sub-categories in this post don’t include the additional time, if any, taken by IRCC in some exceptional cases. These include time spent waiting for the submission of additional information or review of program integrity. In this case, an extra 3-4 weeks may be taken for processing of all applications that have been received under the various categories.



The motive of this blog is Firstly, to help people to understand immigration concept easily and secondly, to process your immigration file by your own rather than spending time and money on consultants.


Please do your own research according to your occupation before applying to SINP Canada.

Canadian Immigration process is quite easy and transparent. You will definitely get Canadian PR if you have every authentic document and proof of your past and present scenario.


SINP is one of the easiest ways to move to Canada and get Canadian PR. During my application, I too consult with many consultants, and in their point of view SINP is time wastage and never respond on queries.

Blog:-26th Nov 2020

Reg: How to take Canada Biometric appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is announce that VACs across India will begin scheduling limited biometric appointments as of November 20th 2020.

For health & safety reasons, these appointments must be confirmed in advance with the VAC Contact Center and priority will be given to Family Class sponsored applicants (spouses, partners and children) and Students.

1. What is the process to book a biometric appointment under the new VAC services?

If you have received a Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) from IRCC, you will receive additional information to the email address we have on file for you on how to schedule your biometric appointment.

Applicants need to submit the VAC webform online to request an appointment and then the VAC will confirm your appointment by email.

DO NOT send multiple webform submissions; it will not increase your chance of receiving an appointment. In fact, it will slow down the process. As demand is high and appointments are limited, the VACs cannot offer you a preferred date and time and missed appointments will not be rescheduled. If you have not yet received a BIL, we appreciate your patience as more appointments will become available each week as we phase in this service.

2. How will I know when more appointments become available?

Appointments are being released each week. Biometric appointments are free and the only way to request and confirm an appointment is through the VAC Contact Center. You must have a unique Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) issued directly by IRCC in order to request an appointment.

Do not use a local agent unless they are recognized by IRCC as an authorized agent; otherwise you may be at risk of fraud. To find out if your representative is authorized click: Find an IRCC authorized representative

It is important that you provide IRCC with your email, contact information so that we can share important information and updates directly with you. To update your contact info, click on: IRCC secure account

If you are a Family Class applicant or a student, once the VAC Contact Center receives your webform requesting a biometric appointment they will schedule you into the next available slot and you will receive an email notification.

13. I am applying for permanent resident status in Canada and received a request to complete my biometrics. Should I schedule an appointment if I have already completed biometrics as part of my temporary resident application?

Due to COVID 19, as a temporary measure, if you gave your biometrics for another application within the last 10 years, you don’t need to give your biometrics againIf you’ve never enrolled your biometrics in the past, or it’s been longer than 10 years, you’ll need to give them when the biometric collection sites closest to you start offering biometric collection services again.

Find out if your biometrics requirements are being affected by COVID-19