Regina Chamber and Federal Immigration Minister Back Stricter Saskatchewan Immigration Laws

The Leader Post, Saskatchewan’s largest newspaper, reports that the influential Regina Chamber of Commerce has backed tighter rules recently introduced for the family sponsorship category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):

The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce said it “empathizes” with individuals and families affected by changes in the program, but added that federal immigration rule changes permitting SINP were intended not as a family reunification vehicle, but as “an economic program that allowed provinces, including Saskatchewan, to access skilled workers”.

Chamber CEO John Hopkins said there’s another factor at work: with the number of people allowed sponsorship into Saskatchewan capped at only 4,000 per year, employers “need each and every nomination they can get”.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's largest city. Changes to the province's nominee program have been widely criticized by those who had pinned their hopes of bringing family members to Canada on it. The Regina Chamber said the new rules were necessary to leave space in Saskatchewan's immigration quota for skilled workers. (Government of Saskatchewan)

Earlier this month, Saskatchewan’s Immigration Minister, Rob Norris, announced that new rules for SINP would limit the number of family members a household could nominate at a time to one, and require that the nominee have a job offer to be eligible under the program.

Mr. Norris said at the time that the federal government had urged the Saskatchewan government to tighten rules for SINP, which had been considered one of the easiest provincial nominee programs for those looking to get sponsored for immigration by a family member living in Canada.

Federal Immigration Minister Defends Changes to Province’s Family Sponsorship Rules

The changes to SINP have been criticized by many of those who had been planning to nominate their family members to immigrate to Canada under the program, with several protests being held in Saskatchewan against the changes in May.

Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defended the new provincial rules, arguing that immigrants who want to live with their extended families can do so in their own country, and that the changes aren’t unfair to immigrants as those who have immigrated to Canada didn’t do so expecting to be able to nominate other family members later on.

One of our licensed immigration consultants can speak with you in person, online or on the phone about your unique immigration situation and give you a breakdown of your options.bookappointment

This entry was posted in family class, family nominee program, provincial nominee program, Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Regina Chamber and Federal Immigration Minister Back Stricter Saskatchewan Immigration Laws

  1. Abdullah says:

    this is unfair with the one’s who want their family member to be settled in canada,

  2. Lakhvir Kaur says:

    Please tell me new rules regarding point base in saskechavan ? How much time to go saskechavan after file to go there

  3. Mohammad Rizwan says:

    how r u ?
    i am Mohammad Rizwan i can done me all documents for Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – Family Members visa
    how can i arrange full-time, permanent job offer from a Saskatchewan Employer ???????
    please ans me
    i am waiting your ans

  4. rachid bentarki says:

    i am rachid bentarki from morocco i come to canada regina sk couple month ago for truck driver i went to sgi regina for start process for change my driver licence to canadien driver licence but they give class5 novice 1 and by this one i cant go to class1A they put me in this situation and they was firm with me i email regina immigration but they didnt answer me even they do the best with my friends in sk and they give them nominée in 3 month without work and without have enought period (6month) etc

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *