Commencing from the beginning of June, the provincial nominee program for skilled labor in Saskatchewan was temporarily suspended, a development at variance with other provinces. This preparation marked a significant alteration as the province proceeded to extend invitations again from the 16th of August. Of particular note is the concentration of invitations to citizens of specific countries such as Ireland, Poland, Czechia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine, and India. This strategy is unprecedented in prior provincial programs, although precedents exist within federal pilot programs.
A Bold Move
This alteration is not merely a bold move but also a pioneering innovation, an experiment for subsequent provincial and federal programs. It opens a new direction, fraught with challenges and opportunities. International students selecting provinces and programs on a whim may find themselves bewildered by these changes, potentially closing the door on dreams of settlement if they fail to grasp the information and trends in a timely manner. This serves as a strong warning about the necessity of understanding and preparing for abrupt changes in the field of immigration.
In the current climate, changes in federal immigration based on occupations and provincial immigration based on nationality are becoming increasingly significant. This has the potential to approach a comprehensive change in the medium-term immigration plan, should this experiment yield positive results. The changes may resemble settlement programs in some developed countries, with limitations set according to national quotas. This presents an opportunity to reassess and clarify one’s immigration strategy.
The change in the provincial nominee program in Saskatchewan not only marks a crucial turning point but also opens a new path for provincial and federal programs. It raises substantial questions about the future of immigration policy and how both the province and the federation shape it. International students aspiring to settle must closely monitor and understand these changes to ensure that they are not adversely affected. The situation calls for a thoughtful examination of the flexibility and motivation of the current immigration system, and how it can better reflect the goals and values of society.
- Saskatchewan PNP Programs: https://www.redim.ca/saskatchewan/skills-immigration
- Current Draws in Canada: https://www.redim.ca/imm-tools/imm-draws
- SINP EOI Calculator: https://www.redim.ca/imm-tools/sinp-eoi-calculator