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Saskatchewan Introduces New Entrepreneur Stream for International Graduates

The province of Saskatchewan has announced the launch of a new stream of the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP). The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category will target international students who have graduated from an eligible Saskatchewan institution and plan to stay in the province as an entrepreneur.

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The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category has been officially added to the SINP, and offers a route to Canadian permanent residence for eligible international graduates in Saskatchewan. The streamwas previously mentioned in the province’s 10 year growth plan to attract and retain skilled and entrepreneurial Saskatchewan newcomers. 

“This new immigration pathway will help retain international students who have often already successfully integrated into communities in the province,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison stated. He also pointed out that “it will also help create new businesses and jobs, as well as keep Saskatchewan competitive in attracting and retaining international students and investment.”

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category: Requirements

In order to be eligible for the new PNP stream, candidates will need to have completed a full-time, postsecondary degree or diploma of at least two years from a recognized Saskatchewan institution. They will need to have resided in the province during their time of studies. Those who have taken a distance-learning program or accelerated academic program are not eligible. 

All candidates must be at least 21 years of age, with a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7, and are required to have a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) which will allow them to work in Saskatchewan for a minimum of 24 months. 

Application Procedure

Those who meet the eligibility requirements for the program can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), along with a Business Establishment Plan (BEP), on the Saskatchewan’s Immigration website

If the province approves the application, the applicant will be sent a Business Performance Agreement (BPA) which will allow them to operate and manage a business in Saskatchewan for a period of 24 months. 

Once the BPA requirements have been fulfilled, applicants will then be eligible to apply to the SINP for a nomination. If you are an international student in Saskatchewan with an entrepreneurial or business background, this new program may be your path to Canadian permanent residence! 

 

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