Prepared by Samuel Francis Gills; Vinay Krishnan; Edited by Veronica Laurent on February 8, 2021

Manitoba hosted another round of invitation on 28 January, 2021, allowing 218 applicants to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited skilled workers and international student graduates through three immigration streams:

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

The invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were distributed with the following criteria for an Expression of Interest (EOI) score:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba — 178 LAAs with a minimum score of at least 518
  • Skilled Workers Overseas — 17 LAAs with a minimum score of at least 681
  • International Education Stream — 23 LAAs, no EOI score requirement.

To date, the province has issued 490 invitations to immigration applicants for the year 2021. Candidates eligible for Express Entry are assessed on the basis of a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that considers their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French. Highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.

Candidates who secured a provincial nomination certificate from Manitoba in this draw declared a valid Express Entry ID and given a job-seeker validation code. If applicants scored above the minimum ranking but did not receive a LAA, it could be because:

  • There was no valid test number for the third-party language test (IELTS, CELPIP or TEF)
  • Language test report was expired
  • Under a strategic recruitment initiative, the applicant was invited, but did not submit a valid invitation number

This applies to any candidate applying through one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The MPNP states that all the applicants who do not own a valid Express Entry ID, a job seeker confirmation code and verifiable experience in Manitoba’s In-Demand List will be rejected. Individuals who wish to migrate through Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) need to register an Expression of Interest(EOI) with the MPNP to receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Candidates eligible for any of these programs are given a score out of 1000 points. It is based on their Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, language ability in English and/or French, connections/relations in Manitoba, as well as other applicable factors.

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

Applicants may not have to be physically present in Manitoba at the time of application.

Candidates applying from abroad need to have an existing link with Manitoba. This can be illustrated by close family relations/ties, or, provincial mates/friends, work experience in Manitoba, or an invitation under one of MPNP‘s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. Successful applicants under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category must comply with certain requirements, including a valid full-time permanent employment offer from an employer in Manitoba. International students having in-demand skills, graduated from an educational institution in Manitoba, may receive an LAA under the International Education Stream.

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

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