Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
Among the three Prairie Provinces in Canada, Manitoba tops the list for its location in the central part of Canada between Ontario and Saskatchewan. The province has two largest cities, Winnipeg and Brandon, which attracted immigrants from places around the world. Manitoba is known for its strong economy gained through the major industries like agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Manitoba welcomes immigrants to settle in its friendly cities, where you can have a comfortable life with a low cost of living. The newcomers can either find a decent job or start a business in any of its cities.
Being the first to initiate, Manitoba offers its own Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), where skilled workers, graduates and business people can apply for the permanent residence and settle down successfully and economically in Manitoba. Those with enough skills and experience are offered the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate, which helps speed up the immigration process. The recently renewed streams allow the following categories of people to receive Canadian PR:
- Skilled Worker Immigration.
- Manitoba Business Investor.
- Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative.
- International Education
1. Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for Skilled Workers
Operating under the “Expression of Interest” system, the skilled workers’ category requires the eligible candidates to answer a set of questions online and get their profile submitted in the EOI pool. The eligibility is decided based on the score and the ranking by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) on various other factors.
However, you need not attach any supporting documents in this regard. The MPNP invites you to submit your application once you figure in the highest-scoring list and there is no limit in the number of applications invited, as well as the deadline for the submission. The skilled worker category operates in two pathways under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP system). They are:
1.1 Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program(MPNP) for Skilled Workers in Manitoba
The workers under MPNP for Skilled Workers in Manitoba category are selected based on the requirements of Manitoba employers and hence, only those who can immediately contribute to the economy of Manitoba through ongoing employment, education, skills, work experience, training and language proficiency are accepted. However, this category of workers does not come under point-based assessment unlike other categories in the MPNP.
1.2 How to Determine Eligibility Requirements for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program?
The ongoing employment is a means for the applicant to demonstrate his connections to Manitoba through full-time employment in a Manitoba company. The skilled worker applicant should have served at least six months working continuously in a full-time job as a temporary foreign worker or international student working graduate. The following are the eligibility requirements for ongoing Manitoba employment.
1.3 Qualifying Employment
- The company is registered under an act of the Parliament of Canada or the legislature of a province and has a business establishment, plant or production capability in Manitoba.
- The company must prove that they can offer you full-time, as well as long-time employment in their established business to the satisfaction of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
- If there are any periods of unauthorized work, self-employment, or full-time study during employment, such periods will not be calculated and included in qualifying work experience in Manitoba.
- Independent contractors, business owners, and self-employed individuals are not qualified to apply under the skilled workers in Manitoba category.
It is to be noted here that the applicant has to demonstrate the employment viz., the employer-employee relationship to attain a work permit support letter from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
1.4 Temporary Foreign Workers
In the case of temporary foreign workers, you are required to send the following documents online.
- The copy of valid work permit.
- A letter from the Manitoba employer confirming working full-time for at least six months continuous.
- The letter stating the job offer with salary or wage and position details with a signature on the letterhead.
- Any other documents as prescribed on the Document page.
The eligibility conditions under this are
- You must have been working full-time for six months or more for the same employer and received a long-term employment job offer.
- You must have the necessary qualifications like education and training, as well as any certification or licence for the job.
- You must have required English or French proficiency to perform your duties.
- You must have a stronger employment connection to Manitoba than any connections you have to another province.
- Your intention to live and work as a permanent residence in Manitoba must be demonstrated in the Settlement Plan.
Note: If you are among those exempted from producing a work permit to work in Manitoba, then you cannot apply under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for Skilled Workers category. The same is the case with students employed under the work-study program.
1.5 International Student Working Graduates
Those graduates from post-secondary educational institutions in Manitoba, who are on a full-time job and have been working continuously for at least six months, have long-term employment offer are eligible to apply for Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers.
While applying online, you must send:
- The valid post-graduation work permit.
- The confirmation letter stating your full-time employment for six months continuous.
- The job offer with details such as the position, salary/wage and education on the letterhead, with the signature of the employer.
- Any other relevant documents.
The eligibility conditions under this are:
- You must have undergone an authorized education/training program for at least one academic year at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba.
- The education/training program must be at a public or private (registered) vocational institution.
- You must have a degree, diploma, or certificate showing the successful completion of the program.
- You are offered a long-time and full-time employment by the employer, with whom you have been working continuously for six years.
- You must submit a valid post-graduation work permit from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
- You must have a stronger employment connection to Manitoba than that of any ties to another province
- Your Settlement Plan must show your intention to live and work and have a family life in Manitoba.
- You must have the necessary qualifications and proficiency in English or French to meet the job requirements.
Note: For the post-graduation work permit, you have to apply within 90 days after completing the required school programs. However, if you are outside Manitoba, you are considered ineligible for applying as a skilled worker in Manitoba.
Renewals in Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for Skilled Workers in Manitoba
There are two pathways under this category which come into effect in 2018. They are:
- Manitoba work experience pathway.
- Employer direct recruitment pathway.
When the former pathway is for those applicants presently working in Manitoba, the letter is for the international students with job offers from pre-approved employers in Manitoba.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for Skilled Workers Overseas
Under this category too, the applicants are selected based on the needs of the Manitoba labour market and the nominations for the applications are chosen based on the ‘established connection to Manitoba province through:
- The family members’ or friends’ support.
- Previous employment experience or education in Manitoba.
- A Strategic Recruitment Initiative program from the MPNP, where you receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply).
The applicants are assessed on the points-based system and those who scored the highest points are sent an ITA. On invitation, you must submit your application, along with your Settlement Plan, which explains your contribution to Manitoba by settling in the province successfully.
How to Determine Eligibility Requirements under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program?
The following are the eligible connections under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers Overseas category.
- Manitoba Support: If your close/distant relative or friend is an established resident in Manitoba and is ready to endorse your plan of settling and working in the province, then he/she is a Manitoba supporter and must:
- Submit documents that prove they reside in Manitoba and are established and living for at least one year continuous. Here they can upload the copy of Manitoba Health Card.
- Be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
- Provide enough evidence for close connections to the applicant, as well as to Manitoba.
- Prove successful permanent establishment of any previous applications they supported.
- Also, support the settlement plan.
Note: In the case of close relatives, the documents proving the family relationship must be submitted by both the applicant and supporter. While the close relative can be a supporter for more than one applicant, the friends or distant relatives must not support the application of another Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) under another Canadian immigration program.
- Manitoba Experience: This is essential for your eligibility under the Skilled Workers Overseas category, where you prove your connections to Manitoba as an international student or temporary foreign worker in the past. Assessed on a points-based system, you can refer to the worksheet and find the points assessed for the past education or employment. Some conditions are:
- As a temporary foreign worker, you must have worked continuously as a full-time worker for at least six months.
- You must also submit copies of work permit and signed a letter of reference from the employer, as an evidence of having worked in Manitoba.
- You must have participated and completed training or an authorized education program from a post-secondary school, which must be public or registered private in Manitoba.
- As proof of evidence, you must provide a copy of degree, diploma, or certificate, as well as your academic transcripts and study permit.
- Manitoba Letter of Invitation: Candidates named under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative program in Manitoba and overseas are issued ITA by the MPNP. In such a case, you must:
- Apply online for the nomination, along with the copy of the MPNP LTA you received during the recruitment or exploratory visits after the interview held by a program officer.
However, the eligibility criteria for the candidate to take part in the recruitment mission or exploratory visits are:
- Age from 21 to 45 years.
- Provide enough reasons for not having any strong connection to another province to the MPNP.
- Have received a degree, diploma, or certificate after completing a one-year education or training program from a post-secondary school.
- Work experience of at least two years full time in the past five years and prove your ability to find employment in Manitoba.
- Explain your genuine intention of settling and establishing in Manitoba as a PR.
- Submit the results of the language proficiency test taken at the time of attending the initiative. The achieved score should be at least CLB 5 or anything equivalent to it.
Renewals in Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for Skilled Workers Overseas
As for the new Skilled Workers Overseas stream, there are new pathways which will come into effect in 2018. They are:
- Manitoba Express Entry Pathway.
- Human Capital Pathway.
The nominations under the new pathways happen through the federal Express Entry program and for being eligible you should score minimum 60 points.
Manitoba Business Investor
Under this stream, you can submit your intention to do business in Manitoba by sending the ‘Expression of Interest’. The qualified candidates are invited to apply. However, the Business Investor Stream is closed for some changes in criteria, which will be implemented in future.
In place of the present PNP-B business immigration category, the renewed Business Investor Stream in Manitoba finds, recruits, and nominates qualified business people from the world who have the intention and ability to set up or buy a business during their first 24-month stay on a temporary work permit in Canada. There is no requirement to deposit $100,000 with the Manitoba government.
Under the renewed stream there are two pathways:
- The Entrepreneur Pathway, where you can set up a business in Manitoba.
- The Farm Investor Pathway, for those applicants who wish to set up or to buy and operate a farm in rural Manitoba.
The above changes are meant to create more jobs and contribute to the economy of the province.
Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative
A support program initiated by Morden, the Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative allows candidates to send applications for permanent residence in Morden and it is through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. In case you do not qualify for nomination by MPNP, you can look for a support letter from Morden, which selects about 50 families a year to immigrate to the rural town, which lies 112 kilometres away southwest of Winnipeg.
The International Education Stream under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program will come into effect in 2018, where international students who graduate and qualify to meet the requirements of the industry get quick pathways to immigration. The pathway is:
- Career Employment Pathway, where the foreign students who graduate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics get the faster nomination through internships.
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