Rules Change for Potential Immigrant Families

Saskatchewan is changing its provincial nominee program to limit family category nominees and require them to also have a job offer, as well as provide increased protection for employers.

By Tonaya Marr, Leader-Post

Regina — Provincial Immigration Minister Rob Norris has announced changes to the Saskatchewan immigrant nominee program.

Family category nominees will now be limited to one application per household until the principal applicant and family have settled in the province. This means immediate families will be able to immigrate together, but the process of bringing extended family members over has changed. Nominees wishing to enter the province will now also require a job offer.

“We have families now moving forward with multiple applications and what’s happening is something that’s unfair,” said Norris, “Some families have come, we’ve even heard stories of up to 20 applications. As they’ve moved forward with their 20, what’s happening is other families are being left out.”

Darcy Dietrich, executive director of the Regina Open Door Society, has mixed feelings about the changes.

“Overall, there are pros and cons. I think the families do have a financial commitment when they bring an individual here, so there’s definitely more stress on the family to support that new family member while they are settling and trying to find a job. So I think that does – the fact that the person would have a job – does reduce the stress on the family members and would make the whole settlement process a little more enjoyable for everyone.”

Norris also announced that employers and foreign nationals living in the province will be further protected by legislation requiring that immigration consultants and recruiters be in good standing in Saskatchewan. The ministry will be compiling a list of approved consultants and recruiters for employers.

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