International Graduate Entrepreneur – New Immigration Pathway – Saskatchewan

On December 3rd, 2019, and in one of its attempts retain international students who have already integrated into communities in the province of Saskatchewan, the Government of the latter established this new pathway.

The first step the prospective candidate does is to express his interest in being nominated by the province for Permanent Residence by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequently entering the EOI candidate pool.

To enter this pool, the candidate must meet the Minimum Entry Criteria of the program, which are:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have completed a full-time Saskatchewan post-secondary degree or diploma of at least two years in length from a recognized and eligible Saskatchewan institution.
  • Have a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) with no less than 24 months of eligibility remaining.
  • Have resided in Saskatchewan during the academic program distance-learning programs or accelerated academic program are not eligible).
  • Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7.
  • Business Establishment Plan (BEP).

The second step, after the candidate is selected based on his score (EOI Points Assessment ranking), an Invitation to Submit an Application (ISA) letter is being sent and sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) based on their submitted Business Establishment Plan (BEP).

Eligible Businesses

An applicant’s business must have the potential to create economic benefit to Saskatchewan, such as:

  • increasing value-added manufacturing or processing, exports, destination tourism, research and development and technology commercialization;
  • developing new or innovative approaches to traditional businesses;
  • transferring technology and specialized knowledge to Saskatchewan; and
  • providing products or services to an under-served local or regional market.

If an applicant purchases an existing Saskatchewan business, then the following criteria must be met:

  • the business must have been in continuous operation in Saskatchewan by the same owner for the previous three years (before purchase); and
  • applicants must maintain the business’s staff levels and remuneration (i.e., employment on similar terms and conditions for existing staff, including maintaining existing wages and employment terms).

The third phase is application assessment. Once the Electronic Application including all Supporting Documentation is received, the SINP will assess your application.

  • Supporting document must include your Business Establishment Plan (BEP).
  • The proposed business must meet the criteria for Eligible Businesses.
  • Only complete applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be closed and to reapply, the candidate must submit a new EOI.
  • The application will be assessed against the Eligibility Criteria and the EOI Points Assessment will be verified.
  • If upon review of the application, the candidate does not meet Eligibility Criteria the application will be ineligible.
  • If the candidate meets the program criteria , he will be contacted to participate in a final in-person interview after which he will be sent a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) for a review and signature by the candidate.
  • Upon receipt of the signed and dated BPA, the SINP will issue a SINP Approval Letter.
    • The SINP approval letter is not a nomination and cannot be used to apply for Permanent Residence.
    • The approval letter recognizes that the SINP approves the application and proposed business outlined in the BPA, and expects that the candidate will reside and operate his business in Saskatchewan.

when the applicant satisfies the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement, he can apply to be nominated by the SINP for permanent residency.

Interested in knowing more about this stream? Kindly refer to the province of Saskatchewan website here.

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