On June 28, Manitoba sent a record-breaking invitation to Express Entry candidates to seek a provincial nomination.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) welcomed 1,017 immigrants with a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code to apply.
Candidates from the Skilled Workers Overseas stream were all encouraged to apply for a provincial nomination.
Candidates must have already submitted a profile to Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system in order to be invited.
They also needed a 565 EOI score to acquire the Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).
Express Entry candidates eligible for Skilled Workers Overseas stream
Below are the number of candidates for the skilled overseas stream:
- Number of LAAs issued: 1,017
- Ranking score cutoff: 565
The EOI scoring matrix in Manitoba is used to get this score. It’s not the same as Express Entry’s federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
This draw does not require the use of the CRS.
If invited candidates receive a provincial nomination from Manitoba, their score will be immediately increased by 600 points.
This is not a Manitoba-specific issue. This incentive will be given to provincial nominees in any Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), putting them first in line to obtain an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.
About Express Entry System
Express Entry is a computerized application processing system for three federal high-skilled immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
By applying directly through Express Entry, it is possible to skip the PNP process and receive a permanent residency invitation.
However, having a provincial nomination practically guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence, given the 600-point award.
When you submit your profile, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) ranks you based on factors such as your work experience, education, age and language skills, among others.
Through regular Express Entry draws, the highest-scoring applicants are invited to apply for permanent residency.
Filling a profile in the Express Entry pool is the first step towards applying for a provincial nomination to Manitoba.
Manitoba immigration programs
Manitoba has a variety of immigration programs aimed at drawing international talent to the province.
The provincial government manages its immigration through the MPNP, which supports immigration applications to the federal government.
Provinces in Canada do not have the authority to grant permanent residency, although they can assist an application by giving provincial nominations.
If you want to move to Manitoba as a skilled worker, you need to register an Expression of Interest with the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
This puts you in a position to get an LAA via the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.
Manitoba province then ranks candidates in the EOI pool out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors and their ties or connection to the province.
Foreign candidates need to demonstrate connections to the province through close family ties.
In addition, they need to provide previous experience in the province or an invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.
You do not need to be living inside Manitoba at the time of your application to be qualified.
International students who graduate from a Manitoba post-secondary institution can receive an LAA under the International Education Stream if they show that they have in-demand skills.