Prepared by Veronica Laurent; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Shi Hui Yu on August 2, 2021

Manitoba invited 1,140 Express Entry candidates on July 27 to apply for Manitoba’s provincial nomination. This is the highest intake ever for a single draw held by Manitoba. This draw beats the previous record by Manitoba in a draw that was held on June 28, in which 1,017 Express Entry candidates were invited.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited candidates from the skilled worker’s overseas stream. It is an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program. For being eligible, the candidate should have submitted an Expression of interest (EOI) profile to MPNP with a score of at least 557 to receive the Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) from the province.

The applied candidates did not require a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw as Manitoba’s EOI scoring matrix is different from that of the Federal CRS. However, the candidates invited to Manitoba would receive additional 600 points added to their score, which is the same for any Express Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Manitoba’s, like other provincial nominee programs, has several immigration programs that are dedicated in attracting international candidates to settle in the province. The provincial government does not have the ability to give permanent residence status to the candidates but accept applications by issuing provincial nominations.

For a candidate to be invited to Manitoba, they must have registered an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with MPNP. Candidates are then ranked out of a total of 1000 points based on their human capital factors and on their connection to the province. This makes the applicant eligible to receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) through the skilled workers in Manitoba and skilled workers overseas streams. These streams allow the province to identify the candidates who meet their labor market demands/needs.

Overseas candidates need to demonstrate connections to Manitoba through close family ties, previous experience in the province or need an invitation through Manitoba’s strategic recruitment initiatives. To apply for this category, one need not be living inside Manitoba at the time of application. Candidates under the skilled workers in Manitoba category, need to have a full-time job offer from the provincial employer in order to receive an invitation.

Express Entry

Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.

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