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Manitoba Invites 272 Immigration Candidates In First PNP Draw Of 2021

Manitoba provincial government invited 272 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on January 14, 2021.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited international graduates and skilled workers to apply to one of the following three immigration programs:

  • Skilled Workers Overseas.
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba,
  • International Education Stream,

Here are the number of invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), along with their required minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) scores:

  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba— 236 LAAs with a score of at least 461;
  • Skilled Worker Overseas— Seven (7) LAAs with a score of at least 722; and
  • International Education Stream— twenty-nine (290 LAAs, no EOI score requirement.

Out of the Letters issued to the 272 immigration candidates, eighteen (18) went to Express Entry candidates. The MPNP says they will not accept any of these candidates who do not possess a valid Express Entry ID, a job seeker validation code, and verifiable work experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list.

The Manitoba immigration department only accepts Skilled Worker Overseas candidates in this draw if they were directly invited under the strategic recruitment initiative.

If candidates scored higher than the minimum ranking but did not receive Letters of Advice to Apply, it could be because:

  • their third-party language test did not have a test number;
  • their language test is no longer accepted; or
  • the candidate was invited under a strategic recruitment initiative but did not send or submit a valid invitation number.

The MPNP said that candidates who encounter any one of these scenarios can update their Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the correct information in order to be considered in the subsequent draw.

Only immigration candidates working in a regulated occupation will be invited for this draw. The immigration department says that they may deny candidates who are not actually working in a regulated occupation, or who do not present proof of having completed all licensing steps to be employed in Manitoba province. Those who are in this situation have the option to reject their LAA.

About Manitoba immigration streams

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams and Skilled Workers Overseas Category allow the province to choose skilled workers who can support Manitoba’s labor market needs.

Candidates from overseas need to have established ties to Manitoba province. This can be shown through close family connections or friends in the province, previous experience in Manitoba, or an invitation under one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.

Candidates do not need to be physically present in Manitoba at the time of the application to be eligible.

Successful candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category must meet certain criteria, such as having a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in Manitoba.

International students that graduated from an educational institution in Manitoba may receive an LAA under the International Education Stream if they have in-demand skills.

Express Entry Manitoba

Candidates who are eligible for the Express Entry pool are ranked using a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores that consider human capital factors such as work experience, age, education, and language ability.

The highest-scoring applicants are invited to apply for Canadian immigration through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.

Those who receive a provincial nomination are given an extra 600 CRS points and are practically guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The 272 immigration candidates who got a provincial nomination from Manitoba province in this draw have a valid Express Entry ID and provided a job seekers validation code.

New department to help boost immigration to Manitoba

On January 5, 2021, Manitoba provincial government announced it was creating a new department of advanced education, skills, and immigration as part of the province’s post-coronavirus recovery plan.

“Our COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan is focused on taking people back to work and ensuring new job opportunities for Manitobans and newcomers we welcome into our province,” according to a news briefing.

“The new department will focus on aligning advanced learning institutions with the needs of the labor markets of today and tomorrow by giving Manitobans the skills they need to succeed and newcomers the job opportunities our province can offer.”

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