The province of Manitoba is now accepting requests from prospective bilingual francophone immigrants to conduct an exploratory visit to the province. These visits are expected to help prospective immigrants build stronger ties with the communities in Manitoba. As per the arrangement, bilingual francophone candidates may conduct a pre-arranged exploratory visit to the province. The skilled worker applicants for provincial nomination from Manitoba may also explore the employment opportunities during these visits. The visit is expected to help the prospective immigrants take informed decisions regarding migrating to the province. A Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) interview will be part of all such exploratory visits, which may result to the candidate receiving an invitation to apply for provincial nomination from Manitoba.
Manitoba has one of the largest francophone populations in Canada outside Quebec. However, the francophone population in Manitoba has witnessed a decline in the recent years. According to the 2016 census of Canada, Manitoba has 46000 people with French as their mother tongue. The number indicates a decline of 3.6 percent compared to the year 2011.
The exploratory visits of the prospective immigration candidates are being organized in association with the Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM), which supports economic development of the bilingual communities in the province. The MPNP has also updated its candidate screening guidelines for facilitating the exploratory visit application processing and selection criteria.
Manitoba Skilled Worker Immigration Stream
The Manitoba Skilled Worker Immigration stream operates on the basis of an Expression of Interest system. Each Expression of Interest profile submitted to the MPNP is assessed on the basis of a number of eligibility factors and awarded a score on the basis of these. Manitoba invites the highest scoring candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The selected candidates will receive a Letter of Advice to Apply. They may apply for a provincial nomination within 60 days. If the candidate receives provincial nomination, they may apply to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence in Canada.
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