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New Tech Immigration Program Launched By Saskatchewan PNP

The new tech talent pathway is an immigration pathway for tech workers in 11 occupations who want to move to Saskatchewan.

On March 7, 2022, Saskatchewan launched the new Tech Talent Pathway under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to attract tech workers into the province.

The new tech program was created to help ease the critical labour shortages in the province’s tech sector. with this new pathway, tech workers can gain permanent residence in Saskatchewan and employers in the Saskatchewan’s technology and innovation sectors will be able to attract more talent to support growth and increase Saskatchewan’s global competitiveness.

The Immigration and Career Training Minister, Jeremy Harrison in a media release said “As Saskatchewan emerges from the impacts of global pandemic, our technology sector will be an important driver of economic growth. The New Tech Talent Pathway provides our Saskatchewan employers with a dedicated stream for the attraction of highly skilled talent into our thriving technology sector.”

The new program will help to facilitate and speed up the immigration process for tech workers already working in Saskatchewan and also those who are applying from outside Canada.

SaskTech President, Dr. Aaron Genest in a media release said “the economy of Saskatchewan relies on the ability to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants who form critical anchors of specialized skills in our communities and workforce. The Tech Talent Pathway offers a competitive advantage to Saskatchewan industries and is unique in Canada. It streamlines the immigration process and acknowledges that we want our immigrants to stay right here in our province to join us in creating innovative solutions for Saskatchewan to export to the world.”

For you to be eligible for the Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway you must meet the following requirements and they are:

  • You must have an employer-specific SINP Job Approval Letter for an eligible technology sector occupation regardless of if you are applying as an Express Entry Candidate or not. This Letter shows that you intend to work and stay in Saskatchewan.
  • You must have a minimum official language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 if you are not working in Saskatchewan when you apply or CLB level 7 if you are applying for Express Entry.
  • You must have post-secondary education that relates to the job you have been offered and it could be a Bachelor’s Degree or Master or a diploma that requires two years at a university, college, trade or technical school or other post-secondary institution.
  • You must have at least one-year of work experience in that occupation in the past five years or six months working in Saskatchewan. You must be currently working in the province and have worked full time for at least six months. Full time means at least 30 hours per week.
  • You must be eligible for Saskatchewan professional licensing (applicable to eligible computer engineers, electrical and electronics engineers and software engineers).  Provide a letter from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing that an application for registration as an Engineer-in-Training has been approved.

The SINP says that the criteria of the program can change at any time but decision makers will use the information that was on the government website at the time they receive the application.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the amount of nominations the SINP can make every year and no application is guaranteed to be nominated.

The Eligible Occupation For The Tech Talent Pathway

If you have a job offer in one of the following occupations we will be listing below by their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, you may be eligible to apply for the Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway:

  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 2133 Electrical and Electronics engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2171 Information System analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2283 Information system testing technicians

Eligibility Criteria For Express Entry Candidates

If you are accepted into IRCC’ Express Entry pool, you may also be eligible for the Saskatchewan Tech Talent Pathway but you will have different requirements.

The Express Entry applications receives priority processing by IRCC for permanent residency and the application processing time takes as short as six months or less.

The IRCC is currently dealing with immigration backlog which is delaying the processing of application at the moment. The Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said the website will be up-to-date in the coming months.

As a candidate in IRCC’s Express Entry pool, you may qualify for the Saskatchewan Tech Program if you live outside Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada but certainly not a refugee claimant.

You must have a valid Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Code and you must have a language test result that meets the federal Express Entry Language requirements.

For you to get a profile in the Express Entry System, you must be eligible for one of the three federal immigration streams managed under the Express Entry System. So as a tech worker, you will qualify for either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class.

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