05/02/2012 10:21 EDT | Updated 07/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan tightening up immigration rules

Saskatchewan is tightening up its rules to fast-track immigrants here.

The province's immigrant "nominee" program allowed people who settled here from other countries to apply for unlimited family members to join them.

But under changes going into effect immediately, applications for sponsored family members have to be made one at a time, with a waiting period between applications.

Another change is that the family member must have a job offer, not just intend to find work in Saskatchewan, as was the previous requirement.

Immigration Minister Rob Norris will outline details the changes Wednesday in Regina.

Norris said the newcomers he's spoken with see the need for the change to family member sponsorships.

"They understand the inherent lack of fairness to one family coming in and looking for 20 family members," Norris said. "What that really means is the opportunity for other family members is dramatically reduced."