Manitoba immigration department held its 94th Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on July 16, 2020. A total of 174 invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were issued to immigration candidates.
The purpose of Letters of Advice to Apply is to invite candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. LAAs were sent out to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) immigration candidates under the following streams:
- Skilled Worker in Manitoba: 134
- Skilled Worker Overseas: 11
- International Education Streams: 29
Eighteen (18) out of the 174 candidates who received invitations had profiles in the federal Express Entry system.
Thus far, Manitoba has rolled out LAAs to 2,634 candidates in 2020.
Manitoba’s Expression of Interest System
Immigration candidates have to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP to receive an invitation through the Skilled Workers Overseas and the Skilled Workers in Manitoba.
Under Manitoba’s system, such immigration candidates are ranked out of 1,000 points for human capital characteristics such as their French or English language skills, educational qualification, work experience, Manitoba connections, and other factors.
In this draw, successful candidates required a score of at least 430 points to obtain an LAA under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream. Skilled Workers Overseas candidates only require a minimum score of 811 points.
About the Streams
The Skilled Workers in Manitoba category and Skilled Workers Overseas category allow the province to nominate skilled workers who can support Manitoba’s labour market requirements.
Those candidates living overseas needed to have an established connection to Manitoba. This can be shown through close family ties or friends in Manitoba, prior experience in the province, or an invitation under any of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.
They do not need to be physically present in the province at the time of the application to be eligible.
Successful candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category have to meet certain requirements, such as having a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in Manitoba province.
Finally, international students that graduated from a post secondary institution in Manitoba may receive an Letters of Advice to Apply under the International Education Stream if they have in-demand skills.