"Fast-track Canadian Permanent Residency options
Saskatchewan has just made it easier for international students to become Canadian Permanent
Residents. British Columbia (BC) is now helping its substantial food processing sector to retain
foreign skilled workers by nominating them for fast-track Canadian immigration. These students and
workers have now been added to a growing list of foreign nationals who can qualify for fast-track Canadian
Permanent Residency under the various Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP).
Provincial Nomination Programs remain an important
fast-track option for Canadian immigration. At the root of their success is the fact that they select
newcomers who are most likely to integrate into the regional workforce and society efficiently and
effectively. Though all PNP’s differ, the various programs have categories for skilled workers, semi-skilled
workers, family members, business investors, international students, and farmers among others. To continue to
attract and retain these valuable newcomers, the provincial governments are frequently refining their immigration
systems, adding and tweaking PNP categories to accurately reflect the current needs of the
This month, British Columbia has introduced a new
pilot project for workers in the food processing sector, and Saskatchewan has altered its international student
category to make it easier for them to settle in the province:
Food processing is BC’s second largest manufacturing
sector, generating $6.7 billion annually. Canadian employers in this sector have been suffering from chronic
labour shortages and welcome the new addition to the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) as a
means to maintain a stable workforce. Under this category, the BC employer sponsors the foreign worker for
fast-track Canadian immigration.
To qualify, individuals must have been working in a
qualifying occupation (such as beverage and fish processing, process control, industrial butchering, testing and
grading in food, and machine operations) in BC on a Temporary Work Permit for at least nine months and must be
currently working for their employer at the time of application.
Additionally, the Saskatchewan Government made
changes to the Student Category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), making it easier for
international students to qualify for this fast-track Permanent Residency option.
To be eligible for this category, international
graduates of Canadian post-secondary academic institutions must have worked for a Saskatchewan employer on a
Post-Graduation Work Permit for a period of at least six months. Previously the occupation had to be in the
international graduate’s field of study. This requirement has now been removed to make qualification
Since the Student Category of the SINP was
established, 158 international graduates have been nominated by the province to become Permanent Residents.
On an annual basis, approximately 3,500 foreign students study in Saskatchewan.
These PNP changes reflect the provincial and federal
resolve to help temporary residents more easily transition into Canadian Permanent Residents and eventually
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