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Upcoming information session on the SINP pathways to Permanent Residence for International Students:
- University of Saskatchewan – April 8th, 1:00-3:00 pm (via WebEx - Register)
Please call our office at 833-613-0485 if you have questions about a business plan. We are currently inviting all Expressions of Interest from those who meet the minimum criteria. You qualify if your business plan is eligible and you:
- Reside in Saskatchewan and are at least 21 years of age.
- Have completed a two-year, full-time post-secondary degree or diploma from a Saskatchewan institution while living in the province.
- Have a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit.
- Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7.
Through the International Graduate Entrepreneur Category, you can apply to the SINP. You must be an international student graduating from a Saskatchewan institution who wants to become an entrepreneur.
There are four steps to the application and nomination process:
Step 1. Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP
Candidates can show interest in nomination for Permanent Residence as an International Graduate Entrepreneur by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Step 2. Invitation to Apply
Candidates are selected from the EOI system. Selections are made based on their score on the points criteria grid. Top scores will be invited to apply.
Step 3. Business Establishment
Approved applicants on a valid post-graduate work permit (PGWP) must operate their proposed business.
Step 4. Nomination
Once an applicant fulfills the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement (BPA), they can apply to be nominated by the SINP for permanent residency.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) is not an application; it is an expression of your interest in the SINP. The SINP selects EOIs based upon the EOI Points Assessment ranking and submitting an EOI does not guarantee selection for processing.
In order to submit an EOI to the SINP, you must (1) meet the Minimum Eligibility Criteria, and (2) complete the points grid questions in order to calculate your self-assessed EOI score and submit your EOI into the pool of candidates.
Candidates are selected from the EOI system based on their self-assessed EOI score, with the top scoring EOIs prioritized for selection. Selected candidates are then invited to apply to the SINP.
If you are invited to apply, you must submit a BEP that corresponds to the information in your EOI. The SINP will not accept changes to the submitted EOI information after the Invitation to Apply has been issued.
The size and frequency of EOI Selections will be determined by the needs of the SINP application inventory. Selections will take place on a monthly basis, at minimum. The dates of the selections will not be posted before they take place.
Please follow these steps to submit your EOI to the program:
If you are able to acquire additional points after beginning your EOI, you can update your "Pending" EOI before it is submitted. Once your EOI has been submitted you are able to update it by changing the status back to "Pending" to enable edits before resubmitting. "Pending" EOIs are not eligible for selection, and any changes to the EOI will also change the date of submission.
If your EOI is selected it will be removed from the pool and you will no longer be able to update it. Points for age are awarded based on your age on the date you submit your EOI.
Business operations that began before submitting an EOI may not be eligible and do not guarantee EOI pool selection or SINP approval.
EOIs are assessed against the criteria in place at the time of EOI submission.
If your EOI is selected, you will receive an Invitation to Submit an Application (ISA) letter. If your application does not match the information in your EOI as a result of fraud or misrepresentation, it will be rejected and you will be unable to submit an EOI or apply to the SINP for two years.
If your situation or any of your information has changed and the changes would result in a loss of points or you would no longer meet the minimum criteria, then you should request to withdraw your EOI and not submit an application.
Additionally, please note that:
These requirements must be met by anyone applying to the SINP International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream. It is your responsibility to include supporting documents to show you meet the eligibility criteria.
Those who meet eligibility criteria and are invited to apply and must be able to show knowledge of their Business Establishment Plan (BEP).
Once your Electronic Application and supporting documents are received, the SINP will assess your application.
Those found to be ineligible who believe the SINP erred in their assessment are able to request a Second Review.
The following persons are not eligible to apply:
You may not be eligible for immigration to Canada if any of the following situations is true:
An applicant's business must have the potential to create economic benefit to Saskatchewan, such as:
If an applicant purchases an existing Saskatchewan business, then the following criteria must be met:
See Section IV of the Application Guide for a list of ineligible business types.
See SINP International Graduate Entrepreneur Category Document Checklist for a complete list of documents you need for your immigration application.
You'll need to upload copies of required documents to your electronic application. All uploaded documents must be clear and easy to read. If any documents are not in English or French, you must submit the following:
Translations may be done by anyone, except:
Some Canadian visa offices ask that documents are translated by a certified translator.
Although the SINP asks you upload copies of documents to an electronic application, IRCC may require original documents or certified copies.
You must list all dependents on your application even if they're not coming to Canada with you. You will also have to declare any new dependents before visas are issued.
IRCC may change the definition of dependents or policies at any time. You can review IRCC's policies and procedures on the IRCC website.
Presently, accompanying dependents include your:
NOTE: If you're the principal applicant, your parents, brothers and sisters may not be included in the SINP application.
Upon approval you are required to:
The SINP does not provide support letters of support to extend a PGWP, as PGWPs are not eligible for extension. The SINP may consider expediting the assessment of a nomination application, where approval for nomination may permit a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP), however BOWPs are only available to applicants who have submitted a PR application as a result of an SINP nomination. Only those applicants who have completed the Business Establishment Progress Report and can demonstrate active and ongoing business operations may be eligible for expedited nomination processing, and expedited processing is done at the discretion of the SINP.
You are encouraged to use the settlement services available in Saskatchewan. You may be able to access government funded settlement services through Regional Newcomer Gateways. These organizations are welcome centres for newcomers to Saskatchewan that provide language assessment services, career and employment services (for your accompanying family members), and guidance and advice from a Settlement Coordinator. These Regional Newcomer Gateways can also connect you to community and ethno-cultural groups.
Please see Starting Your Own Business for more information about being an immigrant entrepreneur in Saskatchewan.
The SINP will not consider any requests to change the terms of the BPA after it is approved and signed by both parties.
If you are unable to fulfill the terms of your BPA, you must contact the SINP to discuss options.
Changes to business operations like relocating a business within the same location type do not require SINP approval.
Applicants making these changes must notify the SINP.
In order to be eligible to apply for nomination you must live in Saskatchewan, actively operate your business, and comply with your BPA.
You are responsible for maintaining your legal status in Canada as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
Once you have fulfilled your BPA, operated your business for at least 12 months, and meet the Eligible Sources of Investment/Revenue Requirements, you are able to apply to the SINP for nomination.
To apply for nomination you must complete, scan and email your completed application for nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SINP will assess your application for nomination and tell you their decision.
The SINP may complete a site visit to your business or request an in-person interview as part of the nomination assessment process. Applicants that are not available to conduct the site visit or in-person interview may be refused nomination.
If approved for nomination the SINP will:
If nominated, you must continue to meet the requirements of your BPA during the Permanent Residence application process. Nominees that close or sell their business during these processes will have their nominations revoked.
Nomination applications that are closed due to failure to submit required information are not eligible for Second Review.
An unscheduled site visit may be done at your business as part of the Application for Nomination review.
The purpose of the site visit is for the SINP to give referrals to services and assess if you are fulfilling your BPA.
If you will be away from your business or if your business will be closed for more than four business days, you must tell SINP.
If a site visit is done while you are away and you did not tell SINP of your absence, your application may be closed. You do not need to inform SINP of absences that are less than 3 business days.
To obtain Permanent Residence status, you must apply to IRCC with your SINP nomination. You must:
IRCC considers your application after they receive the nomination certificate from the SINP.
IRCC completes health, security and criminal reviews. If approved, they issue visas to you and your family members.
They may also request any additional information, such as your BPA or BEP. IRCC is responsible for assessing eligibility for Permanent Residence.
The SINP is not responsible for IRCC's decision on Permanent Residence status.
You are not required to use an immigration representative or consultant to apply to the SINP.
If you wish to hire a representative, they must be a lawyer in Canada in good standing with a provincial law society or licensed by the Government of Saskatchewan.
Visit Using an Immigration Representative for more information and for the lists of licensed/approved consultants and recruiters.
Visiting Protection for Immigrants and Foreign Workers to learn more about Saskatchewan's laws that protect foreign workers from exploitation and mistreatment during the immigration process.
In addition to your paid or unpaid representative, you may let someone else have access to information about your application. For example, if you hire a lawyer to help with your application, you may also want a family member to be able to access to your information.
To have your personal information released to someone who is not your representative:
These individuals will not receive copies of any correspondence from the SINP, but they can contact the SINP to receive information about your application by emailing email@example.com.
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