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Saskatchewan streamlining applications for skilled foreign workers

Economical improvements coming to Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program next year.
New process will streamline applications for skilled foreign workers looking for permanent residency in Saskatchewan. File / Global News

REGINA – The province is streamlining the application process for skilled foreign workers. The Saskatchewan government announced Tuesday an improved online system for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

The improvement will allow immigrants applying for permanent residency to apply online through the new Saskatchewan express category.

“This new category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program will mean skilled workers immigrate faster and enter our workplaces sooner,” said Jeremy Harrison, the minister of immigration, jobs, skills and training, in a release.

“The other benefits of Saskatchewan Express Entry include reducing application backlogs, and moving from a first-come-first-serve processing basis to nominating the most qualified and experienced individuals to contribute to our strong, diversified economy.”

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The new express category will add an additional 775 immigrant nominees to SINP, bringing the total number of SINP nominees to 5,500 for 2015.

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Officials said Citizenship and Immigration Canada is committed to processing the express applicants within six months or less.

The new category is targeted at individuals with a post-secondary education and trained for in demand occupations in the province.