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Making Immigration Work for Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association (SEDA) February 22-23, 2006. Overview. Saskatchewan Immigration Branch Options for Saskatchewan employers looking to hire foreign workers Provincial Program: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

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Making Immigration Work for Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association (SEDA)

February 22-23, 2006


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Overview

  • Saskatchewan Immigration Branch

  • Options for Saskatchewan employers looking to hire foreign workers

    • Provincial Program: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

    • Federal Programs

  • SINP-Skilled Worker

    • Employers

  • SINP Family members category


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Immigration Branch Activities

1.Strengthen economic immigration recruitment

  • Administer Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

  • Provide policy recommendations to government and advice to employers on use of foreign labour (temporary and permanent)

    2. Improve immigrant and refugee services

  • Facilitate labour market attachment, settlement and retention


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Options for SK Employers: Provincial Program

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

  • The SINP is a Saskatchewan designed and administered economic immigration program

    • Saskatchewan selects a number of skilled or business immigrants to meet provincial needs

      • 2005-2006 Fiscal Year— Target of 400 Nominations (approx. 1200 people including spouses and dependents)


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Options for SK Employers: Federal Programs

  • Skilled Worker Class

    • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

    • Website: www.cic.gc.ca

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program

    • Administered by Service Canada and CIC

    • Foreign Worker Program:

      2045 Broad Street, Regina, SK S4P 2N6

      Phone # (306) 780-3907

      Website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca


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How the SINP works

Two Step Immigration Process

  • Step # 1 – Applicant(s) complete federal and provincial applications

    • Immigration Branch reviews

    • If approved, Branch provides nomination certificate to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and nomination letter to applicant

  • Step #2 – Applicant(s) submit federal forms to CIC

    • CIC considers application after receiving a provincial nomination certificate

    • CIC does health, security and criminality reviews and issues visas to nominees and family members


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SINP Advantages

  • “Made in Saskatchewan” immigration program

    • Specific provincial priorities and selection criteria

  • SINP nominations and work permits are “fast-tracked” through federal immigration

  • Economic Immigration Advisors available to assist potential immigrants and employers

  • Promotes the Province of Saskatchewan to potential immigrants


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SINP Categories

1) Skilled Worker

2) Business

3) Farmer Owner/Operator

4) Health Professionals

5) Foreign Student Post-Graduation Work Permit

6) Family Members

7) Long Haul Truck Driver Project


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Overview of Skilled Worker Category

  • Early 2005 announced expansion of SINP Skilled Worker Category

    • Designated Skill Shortage List ELIMINATED;

    • Move from 12 to approx. 250 NOC* occupational titles;

    • Employers can now hire qualified immigrants for jobs representing about 45% of Saskatchewan’s labour market;

    • This covers about 200,000 jobs in the province.

      * NOC - The National Occupational Classification is a system for describing the occupations of Canadians. It gives statisticians, labour market analysts, career counselors, employers and individual job seekers a standardized way of describing and understanding the nature of work.


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Skilled Worker Category

  • Have a confirmed permanent full-time offer of employment with a Saskatchewan employer [Wages, benefits and conditions of employment must be the same as offered to Canadians with similar skills and experience]



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Overview of Family Members Category

  • December 2005, the SINP expanded to include a Family Members category

    • Canadian citizens and Permanent residents who are and have resided in Saskatchewan for the past year, can support their families to live and work in Saskatchewan


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Family member (non-resident of Canada):

Be between the ages of 18-49;

Have completed post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship;

Have at least one year of work experience in your field of education/training;

Have sufficient language capability to be employable in Saskatchewan;

Economic resources:

Full time permanent job offer, OR

Settlement funds ($10, 000 principal applicant and $2000 for each accompanying dependent)

Family member in SK:

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada who has lived in Saskatchewan for the past year;

Financially self-supporting; and

Provide an affidavit of support for family member

Family Members Category


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SINP and Employers

  • Expanded Skilled Worker category is more responsive to the needs of employers

  • Employers determine what occupations to recruit internationally

    • SINP may be able to provide assistance for linkages overseas:

      • Employment agencies, training and education institutions

        • Examples:

          • Ukraine: Kyiv Youth Labour Centre (KYLC)

          • Germany: ZAV

      • International missions/fairs


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SINP and Employers

  • Provide new options for communities and employers to become directly involved in attracting and retaining immigrants (i.e. additional points for applicant)

    • Community Support Plan –Employers and/or community groups can support the settlement of nominees by bringing together community representatives and addressing settlement needs*

    • Employer Settlement Support –Employers directly assist prospective nominees with settlement needs*

      *e.g., language training, spousal employment, housing, transportation, schools, etc.


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SINP and Employers

  • A new option for applicants without formal occupational certification – The employer must verify competencies by means of an affidavit

  • Applicants with limited language ability – Employers must verify language level by means of an affidavit

  • Reduce paper work for employers – less onerous employer application.