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Sask. immigrant program rule changes focus on economy

Economical improvements coming to Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program next year.
Economical improvements coming to Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program next year. File / Global News

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan is changing eligibility requirements for which immigrants it nominates to come to Canada.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows the province to nominate qualified applicants to the federal government for quicker landed immigrant status.

Over the summer, the provincial government held consultations and changes were developed based on stakeholder feedback.

These changes will come into effect on Jan. 2, 2014.

“The improvements to the SINP will more effectively support the attraction and retention of skilled workers from around the world as part of our provincial commitment to ensuring that we secure the skills needed in our economy,” said Bill Boyd, minister responsible for immigration.

The SINP’s nine categories will be consolidated into three: International Skilled Worker, Saskatchewan Experience, and Entrepreneur and Farm.

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Changes to eligibility requirements are expected to increase program efficiencies and improve economical outcomes.

An electronic system is also launching Jan. 2, 2014 to accept all applicant submissions.

The Saskatchewan government says these changes align with the feds desire for nominee programs to focus more on economic requirements.