What are the effects of COVID-19 measures on Saskatchewan PNP?

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program is one of the several PNPs that are working to support immigration nominees and applicants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications for provincial nomination are still being processed by the Saskatchewan provincial immigration authorities. Since the implementation of travel restrictions from March 18, SINP has held a total of two provincial draws.

To help immigration candidates during the pandemic and assist them in avoiding their chances for provincial nomination, Saskatchewan has implemented temporary measures. Candidates who have applied for provincial nomination through SINP, can request an extra six months to apply for provincial nomination by emailing the government of Saskatchewan.

For the nominees and people who are applying for provincial nomination, whose employment terms have been changed from their original SINP application due to COVID-19, they can get a conditional nomination.

If the applicants who have received the provincial nomination, but they are now no longer eligible for SINP, their nomination may be changed to “conditional” nomination. The condition is required to be removed to get the permanent residence.

The SINP must be immediately informed if candidates have changed jobs. This may include a layoff or termination of employment. The retention of this information will be interpreted as a false declaration.

Following are the temporary measure that is applied to nominees and provincial nomination candidates who had a valid job offers and met the conditions of their work permit:

  • Nominees will have six months to obtain new, eligible employment if the original job offer from their application no longer exists. Their nomination will become “conditional” until they receive a new full-time job offer.
  • If the nominee receives a new employment offer it must be from an “allowable business.” These occupations are needed to provide critical public services. If the new job offer is for one of these businesses then the occupation does not need to match the worker’s education, or past work experience provided that the employer verifies the worker has the skills and abilities to perform the work.
  • Applicants or nominees who have had their full-time hours reduced will be allowed to continue working for their approved employer, without supplementing their employment if the employer commits to resuming full-time employment within six months. If the worker had a provincial nomination before the hours were reduced, it will become a conditional nomination while their employment is for less than 30 hours per week. Applicants must be working full-time in one or more jobs and meet all applicable SINP criteria in order to be nominated.
  • Workers who do not have open work permits must obtain a new permit from IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The SINP will issue them a new work permit support letter. Foreigners in Canada need a work permit in order to work legally in Canada.

If a nominee, applicant, or potential applicant receives short-term support during the pandemic, they will not be penalized. For more temporary SINP measures affecting other applicants to Saskatchewan, visit the government’s web page.

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