Manitoba, a Canadian province, continues to actively promote immigration with its recent draw under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). In the draw held on December 14, a total of 283 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued across three MPNP streams.
Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream
The largest share of LAAs, amounting to 160, was directed towards candidates under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream. This included individuals who had completed post-secondary studies in the province. The minimum score required for this category was set at 774 points. Additionally, candidates with a spouse who also completed post-secondary studies were eligible under this stream.
International Education Stream
The International Education Stream received 62 LAAs in this draw. This stream is tailored for international candidates who have graduated from Manitoba’s colleges and universities. Notably, it has become more accessible, removing the previous requirement for candidates to work for six months in their field before applying for an MPNP nomination.
Skilled Workers Overseas Stream
The remaining 61 LAAs were allocated to candidates under the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. To be eligible, candidates needed a minimum score of 714 points. This stream targets international skilled workers with skills and training in Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations.
A noteworthy detail is that out of the 283 candidates invited, 20 possessed valid Express Entry IDs and job seeker validation codes. This connection with Express Entry adds a federal dimension to their immigration prospects.
In a separate draw on November 30, Manitoba extended 117 invitations as part of its special immigration measures for Ukraine. Candidates seeking to qualify for this must be citizens of Ukraine, possess a minimum of CLB 4 in each language band, demonstrate a connection to Manitoba, have a valid language test, and score at least 60 points according to MPNP assessment criteria.
Qualification Criteria: Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream
The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream is tailored to address the specific needs of Manitoba employers. It selects foreign-trained workers with the requisite skills and nominates them for Canadian permanent residence. There are two pathways under this stream:
1. Manitoba Work Experience Pathway
- For applicants currently working in Manitoba on temporary work permits or as international graduates.
- Candidates do not need to be working in In-Demand Occupations.
2. Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway
- For applicants from overseas with job offers from approved Manitoba employers.
- Qualification Criteria: Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream includes a dedicated Canada Express Entry Pathway and a direct provincial pathway. It targets international skilled workers with skills and training in Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations.
1. Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
- For candidates eligible under another MPNP stream with an active Express Entry profile.
- Requires skills, training, and experience in one of Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations and a strong family connection to the province.
2. Human Capital Pathway
- For international skilled workers with skills, training, and experience in one of Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations.
- Candidates must demonstrate the potential to find employment soon after arriving in Manitoba.
Qualification Criteria: International Education Stream
The International Education Stream is dedicated to international graduates from Manitoba colleges and universities. It has three pathways:
1. Career Employment Pathway
- Completed a one-year or longer course from an eligible post-secondary Manitoba institution within three years.
- Full-time job offers in a Manitoba In-Demand occupation related to the completed degree.
- A resident of Manitoba.
2. Graduate Internship Pathway
- Masters and Doctoral degree holders who have completed Mitacs Accelerate or Elevate internships.
- Can apply for nomination through internships even without a job offer in the province.
3. Student Entrepreneur Pathway:
- Completed a two-year or longer course from an eligible post-secondary Manitoba institution.
- Six months of business operation experience in Manitoba.
- Resident of Manitoba since graduation.
- No specific minimum personal net worth requirement.
The MPNP continues to play a vital role in attracting skilled individuals to Manitoba, contributing to the province’s economic and social growth. As immigration policies evolve, Manitoba remains a promising destination for those seeking new opportunities on Canadian soil.