5 comments on “Saskatchewan PNP (SINP) – Newcomers Guide 2019”

Saskatchewan PNP (SINP) – Newcomers Guide 2019

saskatchewan-flag.jpg

Last Updated: 20th February, 2019


Earn upto USD 25/hr* by Joining MT team! Read here for more information.

AOR in 2019 Join Here

Starting a thread for those who have AOR in 2019 – please join for discussion and knowledge sharing.

If you want to be added to the whatsapp group, leave a request in the comment section below.


Hey Guys, welcome to Saskatchewan. If you have landed here as part of the Saskatchewan SINP programme, you will find below a detailed list of priority tasks that need to be completed within the first 5-10 days after landing in Saskatchewan.

I can assure you that this will help in your smooth settlement in the new province.

So, good luck to you and while completing the below tasks, I would also suggest you to appraise yourself on the Process of Getting a Job in Canada.
There’s also a nice article written specifically for Indians who wish to secure a Job in Canada from their home country.

1. CoPR

– Make sure that your CoPR is signed / stamped by Canada Border Services Agency. There have been instances in the past when immigrants have reported that their CoPR do not have the Date/Signature.

2. SIN

– Apply for SIN either from the Port of Entry (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal) or from Saskatchewan.

Regina - Service Canada.jpg

Regina Office:

Alvin Hamilton Building
1783 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Office:

Market Mall, Unit 120
2325 Preston Avenue South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/tbsc-fsco/sc-dsp.jsp?rc=4318&lang=eng

Hours of service: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Documents Required: Passport , CoPR (SIN is required for everyone in your family, including infants)

Cost: Zero

Duration for applying: 15 to 30 minutes

Once you have a SIN, you will be able to apply for a Mobile Connection, Open a Bank Account and apply for employment.

Please note that your SIN is confidential, so make sure you do not share it with anyone unless required.

3. Apply for a mobile phone connection

The best mobile networks are:

Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodo, SaskTel, Virgin Mobile, Fido

You can buy a plan from $48 – $55 monthly, which may include the below:

Data included 2GB

Anytime local minutes Unlimited

Unlimited text

Canada-wide calling

Call waiting and 3-Way Calling

Voicemail & Call Display

4. Rental Agreement

Take the Rental Agreement (on your name and include all the family members), it can be used as address proof for Health Card / Bank / SGI…etc.
Documents Required – Passport , COPR for Digital key
Cost:- Depends on your comfort (Ex:- 1050 monthly rent..means you have to pay one month advance + 1050 = 2100, few will request for 1575 in first month and 1575 for second month..after that 1050 only… )
Note:- Some times Rental could be Monthly or 6 months or 1 year..this depends on House Owner (my advise for newcomers is to better have a Month’s or 6 Month’s rental, which is safe)
Duration for applying :- 30 to 60 minutes

5. Bank Account

Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental agreement (Address proof is must)
Duration for applying :- 60 to 75 minutes
Note:– My advise would be, if you are married , better take a Joint account (both will get different Debit cards and different Credit cards..For Credit cards ask one for Master and the other for Visa)
(I strongly recommend to have a discussion with banker every 6 months {if you are earning or not, some hidden charges will deduct from your account}, they will advise for benefits and try to avoid the bank monthly / yearly charges.)

6. Transit/Bus Pass

Documents required – Passport / COPR
Cost :-

  1. 92 (monthly unlimited rides) + 5 (First time Card charges) = 97$ (Expiry – 30 days)
  2. You can opt 10 rides with 29$ (no expiry)
  3. You can opt 20 rides with 58$ (no expiry)
    Rules :- If your kid is more than 5 years, need to take bus ticket(Cost – 2.75$) , Adults ticket cost would be – 3.25. (enough Coins should be carry , otherwise you can not travel in Transit)
    (Please do not go for full monthly pass in the winter , if you are a newcomer, you can not explore much, so dont waste money)
    Transit System: http://www.regina.ca/
    Duration for applying :- 5 minutes

7. Health Card

(Visit E-Health office at Downtown Regina / or you can apply online)
Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental agreement (Address proof is must) – For everyone
Duration for applying :- 15 to 30 minutes

(Visit E-Health office at Downtown)
Health Service Saskatchewan: https://www.ehealthsask.ca
List of doctors who accept new patients can be found here: http://www.rqhealth.ca/

8. Visit Open Door

Register for school admission / Resume & Cover letter / Few Trainings / Child benefit forms)
Duration for applying :- 15 to 30 minutes (for schools we need to visit RODS , minimum 3 times – First time for appointment , Second time for Test for 5+ years and Third time for school visit)

9. SGI Card

(This is Saskatchewan Identity Card and not a Driving License)
Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental Agreement (Address proof is must) (no need to go to SGI office , any ISSUER will do ..Verify in google maps for nearby ISSUER)
Cost :- 15$
Note:- If you are going to take Driving license exam & road test with in one month means do not apply for SGI card. (SGI Card is very basic and address proof card)

10. Driving License

Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental Agreement (Address proof is must)
Cost :- 25$ (Eye test + Computer exam with multiple options) + 55$ for Road test.
If you need the driver’s license, here is where you can start: https://www.sgi.sk.ca/

Saskatchewan is home to clean air, pure water, light traffic and most of all, friendly people. It’s a place where people treat one another like a family. 

Please comment and share if you like this article and feel free to add in case I have missed out any point.

9 comments on “Canada Immigration – Express Entry – The Golden Mail”

Canada Immigration – Express Entry – The Golden Mail

(Last Updated: 10th March, 2019)

For Urgent Queries or Estimating your PPR, please reach us at millionairetrek@gmail.com

Earn upto 25 USD* per article by Joining MT team

1. Stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry for PR in Canada

2. How to find the stages in Express Entry Online Application

3. Landing Documents

4. Notable Job Markets in Canada

5. Mistakes to avoid so that Canada PR Application is not Rejected

6. Newcomer’s Guide 2019

7. How to secure a Job in Canada from your Home Country

1. Stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry

Congratulations on filing your Express Entry application!!! It’s time now to track your CIC application status and understand the various stages from eAOR to PPR. 

The next step is the long wait to finally receive your PPR. As per CIC Website, the current Processing Time is 6 months.

However, these days due to the number of applications, many of them are being processed within the 7th month mark.

Average time to a PPR based on the stream

So, good luck to you and while awaiting, I would suggest to appraise yourself on the Process of Getting a Job in Canada.
There’s also a nice article written specifically for Indians who wish to secure a Job in Canada from their home country.

While I completely understand that it’s a daunting task of waiting impatiently for your PR, so why not utilize this time and be prepared for the upcoming challenges, like landing procedures, finding a Job without Canadian Experience and settlement services in your dream country.

Anyways, first let’s talk about the various stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry for PR in Canada. Although timelines may vary based on Country and Stream, below is a basic summary:

1. eAOR

– Electronic Acknowledgement of Receipt- A letter saying that your application is submitted with the application number mentioned;

2. Medicals Passed

– Medicals Pass and file is initially opened to check for R10 satisfaction at the CIO (Central Intake Office);

3. BG IP (1)

– Background Check In Progress for the 1st time – This usually happens on the same day your Medicals are Passed. At this stage, immigration officials check for all documents and also whether the applicant is missing any documents. They do not scrutinize the documents at this stage, except for Police Clearance Certificate. Additional documents like Schedule A, Travel History, Family Info, Proof of Something, etc.) may be requested at this stage.

4. BG NA – Not Applicable

– This usually happens between 1-3 months from eAOR. This is when applicants’ first phase of A11.1, Eligibility and Documents are checked by the CIO. At this stage, the agent checks the following:

  • if the points match are above the round’s ITA points,
  • eligibility under the stream is met,
  • points are claimed genuinely and if there are no irregularities in the documents or work experience, NOC, etc.

After this, the application is sent to the Local Visa Office (LVO) for finalization and second checks.

5. BG IP (2)

– Back Ground Check In Progress for the 2nd time – This is the stage wherein the LVO opens the file and check’s your entire application and also confirms the notes and insights written by the CIO agent.

This usually happens after all the security, criminality and eligibility is passed and most likely around the 4-5 month mark from the e-AOR.

6. PPR

– Passport Request mail – Ready for Visa – This is the mail which every applicant anxiously waits for, and is often referred to as The Golden Email. This means that the officer is satisfied and has approved your application and has requested your passport (if needed) or photocopy of passport (if it is from visa-exempt country) along with 2 photos and annex A form to stamp the Immigrant Visa and Issue the CoPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residency (a letter serving proof that you are a PR). This letter is used for “landing” at the border and in officially becoming a Permanent Resident. This letter may later on be used for Citizenship Application (if applicable).

2. How to find the stages in Express Entry Online Application

Generally messages will be like below in IP1 status:
 
Example of application status in Express Entry Canada

Best Informative Article

Me and my husband, Rohit, also came as immigrants this year in May. We got guidance from this article and followed the suggested approach. We used to open LinkedIn in the morning, and sort jobs according to date and started applying like 20 or more jobs in a day, no matter if they matched 100 percent or 50 percent and got a number of interview calls by this approach.

Also the writer suggested to create an account in a site HIRED, which helped me appear for interviews. You just have to create a profile on this, and if they accept you, your profile will be online, so that different employers could see them and contact you for interviews. You don’t have to go and apply jobs on this site, instead employers approach you. You can try this as well. https://hired.com/x/3dgte

Pooja

About the Author

Hey, I’m Simi 

Author of StartBloggingOnline.com

Being an Immigrant myself, I’ve struggled a lot and finally managed to settle down and have a good life in Canada. There were several challenges to overcome, however I was fortunate enough to be helped by others. Now, I believe it’s my turn to help new immigrants in terms of Job Search, Career Counselling and Settlement concerns. I decided to pack all my knowledge and experiences in this tiny little article.

Simi


3. What documents should I bring with me when landing in Canada as a New Immigrant?

When you come to Canada, you must show your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Canadian immigrant visa to a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officer at the Port of Entry.

The IRCC officer will check that your documents have not expired. You cannot use expired documents. Canadian immigrant visas cannot be extended, so make sure you arrive in Canada before it expires.

You must bring a valid passport with you.

You need to have 2 copies of a detailed list of your belongings that you are bringing with you and their value in Canadian funds. You also need a list of the items that are arriving later and their value in Canadian funds.

You may be asked to show proof of funds. If you are carrying more than C$10,000, you must tell a border official.

What other documents should I bring with me?

Make sure that you have the following documents:

  • Birth certificate or adoption papers
  • Family records (such as, marriage certificate or divorce papers)
  • Medical records (such as immunization records)
  • Dental records
  • Official school records for children
  • Diplomas, degrees and transcripts
  • Academic credentials evaluation report (if you had your education assessed before coming to Canada)
  • Reference letters from previous and current employers
  • Professional or trade licences or qualification certificates
  • Up-to-date résumé or summary of work experience
  • Valid driver's licence or other identification documents
  • Vehicle registration documents (if you are importing a vehicle into Canada)

For More Information

Q: How to find my visa office?

Send E-mail to: CPC-CTD-Ottawa@cic.gc.ca Subject: E000xxxx - Visa Office Body of the mail:
Hello,
I am trying to find out in which Visa office my application is being processed?
Application number: E000xxxx Date of Birth: 19xx-xx-xx Last Name: xxx First Name: xxxx UCI: - Category of Immigration: Federal Skilled Worker

4. Notable JOB MARKETS in Canada:

Canada is a prosperous job market and suitable for shifting for professionals of different fields. The job avenues are based and allocated on the basis of qualifications and work experience. It is important that you dwell into research and basis ground work before applying for a job position so that employment can be achieved positively based on your credentials.

  • Job opportunities for Nurses: The job market for this profile is highly in demand in  Nova Scotia. 
  • Employment for Immigrant Dentist: It is a highly lucrative position in four provinces: – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba.
  • Position for Chartered Accountants: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand for provinces like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
  • Work availability for Software Engineers: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.
  • Hiring for Doctors : Employment opportunities for Doctors are prolifically present in  Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Ontario.
  • Jobs for Immigrant lawyers: The Job market for this profile is highly in demand in Provinces like Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. 
  • CANADA PR for Teachers: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. 
  • Commissioning of Architecture: Due to the favorable market opportunities  they are highly in demand in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 
  • Listings for Web Developer: The Job Market for this profile is highly in demand in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

5. Mistakes to avoid so that Canada PR is not rejected:

Some of the mistakes that a candidate makes while submitting their application for Canada PR are as follows:

  • Improper Signing of the documents – It is the most commonly occurring mistake in the application submission process. Candidates miss the places where signatures needed to be put. For example in case of Additional family application/form, a single page needs to be signed in 3 places. In most of the cases candidate signs in the bottom of the page and miss the other 2 places where signatures are also required, it depends whether the candidate is accompanied by a spouse or dependent child. Taking another example, there is a form where the signature is only required only in case if a translator is used and mostly candidates sign in that place also.
    These mistakes can get the candidate’s application returned and the candidate has to start all over again.
  • Incorrect fees paid – Every immigration program requires a certain amount of fees to be paid and each program have a different amount to be paid. This funds also need to be submitted via different modes of payment like demand draft, certified cheque etc as asked by the immigration program candidate have applied under. For example, if the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) fees is paid by bank draft to the foreign visa office then it will be returned back to the candidate and it will delay your application as the mode of fee payment for RPRF is to be paid online. Immigration office around the world can accept the fees in the local currency of the country candidate is residing in but for that candidate first have to check online and confirm the exchange rate for the currency there only. Candidate needs to be extra careful when paying the fees and the specific amount that has to be paid.
  • Photo Dimensions – Candidates needs to upload or submit their photo in exact dimensions as provided by the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in their instructions for specific type of immigration application such as medical forms for PR applications etc. If candidate is not able to submit the application with the proper size of the photograph, then the application will be returned to the candidate.
  • Submitting only the documents mentioned on the IRCC checklist – Sometimes candidates need to provide some additional documents other than mentioned by the IRCC. For example, if the candidate is moving to Canada with their common-law partner, then they have to provide with an affidavit from their friends and family members attesting to their relationship and stating that it is exclusive, committed and marriage-like. The candidate has to provide with some additional documents it all depend on the type of case, but phone records, bank records, lease records, correspondence, text messages etc. can be a very big help in moving the candidate’s application forward.
  • Supplemental Forms – In cases of certain countries, the candidate needs to provide with some additional forms and information that is not mentioned/obvious on the initial immigration applicant forms. For example Residency Questionnaire for people living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. And Work Experience Questionnaire required by people living in Islamabad, Pakistan. Candidate needs to make sure that they submit their application with these supplemental forms as submitting them without these can get the application rejected and returned.
  • Providing with missing or wrong information – If a candidate has submitted their application with improper information or missing information, the whole application can be rejected as the IRCC depends on the information provided for selecting the application for Canada PR. The main consequence for providing the wrong information is the exclusion from Canada for at least 2 years or more. If the candidate’s application is missing any information than IRCC needs to know the reason why the information is missing and when it will be provided. Failing to do the same will get the application returned to the candidate.
  • Illegible handwriting – All the applications can be filled online and with the help of Adobe Reader – that is free software. But mostly candidates prefer to fill the applications by hand and that is never advisable. Handwritten forms cannot be verified. Verified forms, using Adobe Reader, creates a series of barcodes that can easily be recorded by IRCC in their computer systems. The hand-written form will take time to process as it requires the tedious transfer of information thus delaying the whole process.
  • Cover Letter not provided – Cover letter can help the immigration officer to process your application with less time as it establishes who is applying for what, and the main reason why the applicant qualifies for immigration.
  • Waiting for the criminal record checks – Mostly the candidates wait for the criminal record check before submitting their application which is not advisable. If the candidate is not applying for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation – criminal record check is not required. Waiting for too long for the application submission in wait for the criminal record, may get the rules to change and suddenly the candidate can no longer qualify for programs like Federal Skilled Category etc.
  • Application Mailing – If the candidate is asked by the IRCC to mail the application to appropriate office for processing, then it is best to use registered mail or in some cases it is even better to use a courier service. Doing so helps the candidate to track the application and have proof that it has arrived at its destination.

Any Questions related to PPR Estimate, Jobs, Immigration or Settlement?

Please fill in the details or comment below and we will be happy to assist to the best of our knowledge !!!