International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category is one of the streams of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), a Provincial Nominee Program hosted by Saskatchewan (PNP). This stream is designed to target international students graduating from an eligible Saskatchewan institution, who plan to remain in the province as an entrepreneur. Successful applicants will actively operate and manage a business in the province, and own one-third of the business equity.

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International students who have graduated from an eligible Saskatchewan institution and who are interested in being an entrepreneur in the province could receive a nomination from Saskatchewan. With a nomination in hand, applicants have an excellent chance at approval for permanent resident status in Canada. Interested candidates must apply by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the program, those who are most competitive will be selected from the EOI pool and invited to apply to the program.

Program Requirements

Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceYes
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 7
Level of EducationFull-time post-secondary degree or diploma from an eligible Saskatchewan institution
Work ExperienceOwned and operated a business for at least one year before applying for nomination
Investment RequirementOwn at least one-third of the equity of the business. Ownership must be the result of a verifiable investment made directly by the applicant.

Work Experience

Applicants must hold a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit with no less than 24 months of eligibility remaining at the submission of the EOI. The candidate must have actively owned and operated an eligible business in the province for a period of at least one (1) year before applying for nomination.

Investment Requirement

Successful candidates will have one year of experience actively owning and managing an eligible business in Saskatchewan. At least one-third of the business equity must be in the hands of the applicants, and ownership must be the result of a verifiable investment made by the candidate. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that the business generates the minimum required revenue after one year of operation, this will be dependent on the number of employees.

Application Procedure

The Saskatchewan Entrepreneur stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates who meet the minimum stream requirements can register a profile and submit an EOI through the SINP Online Portal. Once the profile has been submitted candidates will be ranked against one another, with the highest ranking candidates being invited to apply to the stream.

Those applying must hold a Post Graduate Work Permit, allowing them to own and manage a business in the province for a period of one year after graduation. They must as well provide a Business Establishment Plan (BEP) and must meet the criteria for Eligible Businesses, if these are satisfied the applicant will be sent a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) to be signed and reviewed.

Upon approval, candidates are required to:

  1. Reside in Saskatchewan and actively operate their business daily
  2. Establish, purchase or continue to operate the business as per the requirements of the BEP and BAP
  3. Submit a progress report 12 months after approval, outlining business activities
  4. Upon fulfilling the terms of the BPA, submit application for nomination

International Graduate Entrepreneur Past & Future Draws

So far there have been no draws from this stream. Check back here for future updates!

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