International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

After completing your studies in Saskatchewan you may decide to go back home or explore the option of becoming a permanent resident in Saskatchewan (which is a great choice if you ask us). It will interest you to know that Canada and its provinces also want international students who finished from post-secondary schools in Canada to immigrate permanently, the reasons which are not far-fetched:

Quality Education
Acclimatized to the Canadian way of life
High proficiency in English or French
Canadian work experience.

Both the federal economic immigration programs and Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Programs offer bonus points for candidates who studied and graduated in Canada. We will talk about these programs below.

Graduates of institutions across Saskatchewan may be able to become permanent residents in the province through the International Graduate Entrepreneur category
As long as you meet the following eligibility criteria and wants to become an entrepreneur, you may be able to submit an expression of interest and eventual nomination:

  • live in Saskatchewan and are at least 21 years of age.
  • completed a two-year, full-time post-secondary degree or diploma from a Saskatchewan institution while living in the province.
  • have a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit.
  • have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7

There are four steps to the application and nomination process:

  • submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP to show that you are interested in nomination for PR after meeting minimum eligibility criteria. You would need to provide information which will be used to calculate your score.
  • invitation to apply: Candidates who score highest points are selected and issued ITA. If invited to apply, you must submit documents that corresponds to the information in your EOI, if there disparities, the application could be rejected or worse, SINP ban for two years.
  • business establishment: Supporting documents must include your Business Establishment Plan (BEP). You can check the government website for more clarification on business establishment (“business establishment” should be this link
  • nomination: You would need to operate your business in Saskatchewan for at least a year, meet all investment and revenue requirements and apply for nomination. If SINP approve your nomination, a nomination certificate will be sent to IRCC, and send you a nomination letter with guidelines on how to forward your PR application to IRCC office.

Not all businesses are considered eligible for this stream. The main eligibility factor is that a business must have the potential to create economic benefit to Saskatchewan, such as:

  • increasing value-added manufacturing, exports, research and development and technology commercialization;
  • developing new or innovative approaches to traditional businesses;
  • transferring technology and specialized knowledge to Saskatchewan; and
  • providing products or services to an under-served local or regional market.

If the business is a pre-existing one and purchased, the following criteria must be met:

  • the business must have been in continuous operation in Saskatchewan by the same owner for the previous three years (before purchase); and
  • applicants must maintain the business’s staff levels and remuneration (i.e., employment on similar terms including maintaining existing wages)

In order to submit the application, an applicant has a number of compulsory and optional forms to complete, find out the forms and documents here.