New immigration pathway for international graduates in Manitoba

Manitoba issues new invitations to immigration candidates, bringing January total to 1,082

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Manitoba issues new invitations to immigration candidates, bringing January total to 1,082

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program held its second Expression of Interest draw of 2019 on January 31 for candidates in its Skilled Worker Overseas, Skilled Worker in Manitoba and International Education immigration streams.

The program, known as the MPNP, issued 456 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence to candidates across the three streams.

The MPNP’s Skilled Worker in Manitoba, Skilled Worker Overseas and International Education streams employ an Expression of Interest (EOI) system to select candidates.

The Government of Manitoba requires eligible graduates, who are interested in applying for immigration under the MPNP’s International Education Stream, to register for an information session before submitting any forms.

Under the EOI system, candidates register a profile with the MPNP and provide the required information on their education, work experience, proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

Eligible candidates are then awarded a score and the highest-scoring candidates are issued Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) through regular draws.

An unspecified number of candidates in the federal Express Entry system were issued LAAs through the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream’s Express Entry Pathway.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their ranking score, which effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

In order to be eligible for this pathway, candidates must have profiles in both the Express Entry system and the MPNP’s EOI system.

Express Entry candidates were one of two groups of Skilled Worker Overseas candidates who were issued a combined total of 299 LAAs in the January 31 draw. The lowest-ranked candidate in these two groups had a score of 572.

Those Express Entry candidates who were invited had to have a valid Express Entry ID and job seeker validation code and at least six months of recent work experience in an occupation that the MPNP has listed as in-demand.

A second group of Skilled Worker Overseas candidates who received an LAA had the following:

  • a close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
  • at least 6 months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and
  • a minimum language proficiency of CLB/NCLC 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum CLB/NCLC 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB/NCLC 6).

A further 16 invitations to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence were issued to Skilled Worker Overseas candidates through one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. The lowest-ranked candidate to receive an invitation with this group had a score of 705.

Strategic Recruitment Initiatives include overseas recruitment missions conducted by the MPNP.


Skilled Worker in Manitoba and International Education Stream

The MPNP also issued 124 invitations to Skilled Worker in Manitoba candidates with scores as low as 575.

The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream is for eligible qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer.

An additional 17 invitations went to International Education Stream candidates.

Created last year, this stream provides faster pathways to permanent residence for international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary institutions who have skills required by employers in the province.

The International Education Stream has three pathways — Career Employment PathwayGraduate Internship Pathway, and the Student Entrepreneur Pathway.