On February 13, the Manitoba issued another round of invitations to immigration candidates who filed Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles to their provincial nominee program. The immigration office invited 242 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. This is Manitoba’s second draw to hold in two weeks.
The invitations, or Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), was issued to applicants in the following three provincial streams:
- Skilled Worker in Manitoba: 182
- Skilled Worker Overseas: 27
- International Education Streams: 33
Out of the 242, Letters of Advice was sent out, a total of Fifteen (15) went to Express Entry candidates.
Express Entry In Manitoba
Express Entry is Canada’s leading route for economic-class immigrants to get provincial nomination for permanent residence.
The federal Express Entry system manages applications for three immigration programs: The Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Once an applicant is approved for one of these programs they are alotted a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that is calculated based on age, work experience, educational qualifications and official language proficiency.
Only the highest-scoring applicant are issued invitations to apply for permanent residence via regular Express Entry draws.
The Fifteen (15) Express Entry candidates selected by Manitoba will receive an extra 600 CRS points toward their overall score. This will effectively assure that they get an invitation in the upcoming Express Entry draw.
If Express Entry candidates wish to be considered for a provincial nomination from Manitoba, they must have valid work experience in an in-demand occupation, among other eligibility requirements. They must also lodge an Expression of Interest to the MPNP.
Manitoba Expression of Interest
Manitoba adopts an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates looking for a provincial nomination through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba and Skilled Worker Overseas categories have to register an EOI with the MPNP.
An EOI is an online profile that ranks individuals out of a score of 1,000. Points are allotted for education, work experience, ties to Manitoba and proficiency in an official language, among other requirements.
The MPNP selects a set number of the highest-scoring applicants to receive an LAA. Once invited, candidates can apply for a provincial nomination from Manitoba.
The following scores were the requirements for the two skilled worker program in the latest draw:
- Skilled Worker in Manitoba: 525
- Skilled Worker Overseas: 611
Skilled Worker Overseas and Skilled Worker in Manitoba
The Skilled Worker Overseas Category allows the MPNP to select and nominate skilled foreign workers who can help support Manitoba’s labour market.
Candidates must have an established ties to Manitoba such as close family or friends, previous education or work experience in Manitoba, or an invitation through one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives, among other requirements.
They do not need to be in Manitoba at the time of application in order to be eligible.
The Twenty-Seven (27) candidates invited through the Skilled Workers Overseas Streams were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
Candidates invited via the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Category must be working in Manitoba and have a full-time, valid job offer from their employer, among other requirements.
International Education Streams
Manitoba graduates with in-demand skill can be invited under the International Education Streams.
This stream includes three sub-categories: Career Employment Pathways, Graduate Internship Pathways, and the Student Entrepreneur Pathways.