Are you looking to bring your close friend to Canada? Yes! You can achieve your dream of bringing your bosom friend to Canada through the Manitoba support program.
Canada is a wonderful country anyone would like to visit or live in. The friendly nature of immigration policies and programs, a buoyant economy, quality standard of living, availability of high-wage jobs among others, make the country a top destination for immigrants.
One of the ways to bring your close friend to Canada is through the Manitoba support program.
As a Canadian citizen or permanent resident based in Manitoba, you can sponsor your friend, when you stand as a Manitoba Supporter.
A Manitoba Supporter is an established resident or Canadian citizen of the province who is a friend or distant relative of the applicant and is willing and able to review and sponsor the applicant’s plan for settling and finding a job in Manitoba.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is the Manitoba Support Program?
- 2 Why the Manitoba Support Program?
- 3 Who is Eligible to Immigrate to Canada as your Friend?
- 4 Requirements for Bringing your Friend to Canada through the Manitoba Support Program
- 5 Processes Involved in Bringing your Friend to Canada
What is the Manitoba Support Program?
The Manitoba Support Program is a branching program from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
MPNP seeks to bring recent graduates, workers, business-oriented persons, and their families to settle in Manitoba, Canada as permanent residents.
Although each province in Canada has a Provincial Nominee Program, their processes are quite unique and that of Manitoba stands out from others because it allows for people who are already residents in the country to support their family and friends to also immigrate to Canada.
This provision is made available under the Manitoba Support Program. The Manitoba Support Program is a structure that allows foreigners to immigrate to Canada through the support of their families or friends.
Family relations that can be sponsored to immigrate to Manitoba are not limited to immediate family members but also include uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins, parents, and grandparents.
Understand that you are not required to sponsor the travel expenses of your friends or relations who apply under this program, you are only meant to support and help hasten their immigration process.
Why the Manitoba Support Program?
The government of the province of Manitoba seeks to populate the province with skilled and productive persons who will be willing to reside in the province permanently.
One of the ways to achieve this is to make those who are already permanent residents in the province invite and support their friends and relatives to immigrate to Manitoba.
Such persons once in Canada will be willing to reside permanently in the province and not desire to move to the much more urban areas since they have support and relationship ties already in the province.
Who is Eligible to Immigrate to Canada as your Friend?
It is very important to check if your friend who is willing to come to Canada is eligible to do so through the Manitoba Support Program.
The following people cannot apply to come to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program and hence cannot apply to the Manitoba Support Program:
- Refugees/refugee claimants
- Temporary workers currently working in any province in Canada
- Spouses of Canadian citizens or residents
- Those who have been denied by the program in the last six months and have not been able to address the reason(s) for their denial.
- Those who have actively applied for immigration to Canada through any other provincial or federal immigration program. (This does not include an Express Entry profile)
Requirements for Bringing your Friend to Canada through the Manitoba Support Program
An applicant to the Manitoba Supporter Program, that is the friend or family member who wishes to immigrate to Canada must:
- Have a family or friends living in Canada that are willing to render him/her support.
- Have work experience or some level of education in the province (Manitoba).
- Prove that he/she is qualified to work and establish himself quickly enough in the province.
- Provide proof of enough funds to be able to successfully sustain his/herself during his first few days in Manitoba and until he/she gets employed.
At least C$12,669 is required of an applicant to prove sustainability. The amount is expected to increase if the applicant has dependents.
A Manitoba Supporter must be the applicant’s close relative/distant relative or close friend and must be: able to meet the following requirements:
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in the province
- Must have been residing in Manitoba for at least a year and be able to provide documents to prove so.
- Must have steady employment (with proof) that will make him/her capable of sponsoring the applicant’s Settlement Plan and first few days in Canada.
- able to show sufficient proof of close ties to the applicant and to Manitoba
- able to show that any applicants they previously sponsored were successfully able to migrate to Manitoba and establish themselves.
- Must not have any other person sponsored by his/her household. That is, a household-based in Manitoba can only sponsor one relative or friend at a time.
For close relatives, both the applicant and the supporter must provide sufficient documents to show or verify their familial relationship.
Close relatives can support the application of more than one foreign skilled worker at a time provided they sufficiently demonstrate their ability to do so.
For friends and distant relatives, their household must not be currently supporting the settlement of another Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) applicant, Express Entry nominee, or a person under another Canadian immigration program.
Finally, the Manitoba supporter cannot be and the MPNP will not accept any Settlement Plan Part 2 signed by:
- a paid immigration representative or lawyer
- anyone who is not a demonstrated friend or relative of the applicant
- a Canadian elected official or their staff
As a Manitoba supporter, you are only a connection for your friend to immigrate to the province.
The MPNP applicant must be able to acquire sufficient points for age, language, education, employability, and adaptability as contained in the MPNP Self-assessment Worksheet or he/she will not be qualified for immigration.
Processes Involved in Bringing your Friend to Canada
Your friend who wishes to immigrate to Canada through your support should follow these processes:
Step 1: Expression of Interest
This is the first step to immigrate to Canada through the Manitoba Support Program. Interested applicants will need to submit a profile that contains personal information about them.
The information provided by all interested applicants will be used to make a ranking similar to that of the Express Entry System using an assessment sheet.
Candidates who ranked highest will receive a Letter of Advice to begin the full application process.
Each profile submitted remains active for a year. Interested applicants can choose to resubmit their profile only when they do not receive a Letter of Advice to Apply a year after the first profile was submitted.
Step 2: Applying for the Provincial Nominee Program
Once your friend receives a Letter of Advice to Apply, he/she can begin the application process for the support program under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
The applicant should make all necessary documents required as proof available and then await a nomination from the province.
Step 3: Submitting an Application for Permanent Residency
A successful application means you will receive a nomination for immigration from the province of Manitoba.
Once you receive this, you can begin the process of applying for your permanent residency.
This also demands certain eligibility requirements and maybe a stretchy process, taking about 28 months to complete.
Applying for PR through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program allows the applicant to include his/her immediate family (spouse and children) so they can all become permanent residents in Manitoba.
Children are considered to be dependants on a PR applicant when:
- They are below 22 years of age
- They do not have a spouse or common-law partner
Children who are 22 years and above will only qualify as dependants if:
- They are unable to emotionally and financially support themselves due to a physical or mental condition and if they have been depending on their parents for support since before the age of 22.
FAQs About Manitoba Support Program
Q. What is the Minimum Assessment Score for Manitoba PNP?
Ans. The eligibility score for Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program is a minimum of 60 points out of 100 which must include points from the Factor 5 (Adaptability Section) of the assessment.
Q. What are the Factors used in Calculating PNP Points in Manitoba?
Ans. Language proficiency, Age, Work experience, Education, and Adaptability to Manitoba.
Q. How Many Friends or Relatives can I sponsor to Manitoba per Time?
Ans. You and your household can only sponsor one friend or relative per time to Manitoba through the Manitoba Support Program.
You will have to wait for the friend or relative’s nomination to be successful before sponsoring someone else.
Q. Can Refugees Immigrate to Canada through the Manitoba Support Program?
Ans. No. Refugees are not allowed to immigrate to Canada through the Manitoba Support Program or any other option under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
Q. Will my Fiancé or Fiancée be Considered a Dependant during my PR Application?
Ans. No. Only legally married spouses are considered dependants while applying for permanent residency in Canada.