Manitoba has opened two new immigration pathways for international students graduated from the post-secondary institutions in the province. The new pathways–International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway–have been launched under the International Education Stream of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
According to Kelvin Goertzen, Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Training, the new pathways aim to attract and retain more talented innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the world in the province. Manitoba expects the international students to bring new ideas, global connections and an entrepreneurial spirit to the province. As the students create new opportunities for themselves in Manitoba, the province would become more competitive and innovative, hopes Goertzen.
International Student Entrepreneur Pathway
The International Student Entrepreneur Pathway targets international graduates who want to establish and operate a business in Manitoba. The candidates must have completed a study program in Manitoba with a minimum duration of two years. The selected candidates will receive a temporary work permit as part of a two-year pilot program. They must invest in and actively manage a business in Manitoba in order to be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada under this pathway.
Graduate Internship Pathway
The Graduate Internship Pathway is for international students who have completed either a master’s or a doctoral program at a university in Manitoba, followed by an eligible internship. Only Accelerate or Elevate internships organized through Mitacs with qualified industry and research enterprises in Manitoba will be eligible under the pathway. Mitacs is a non-profit organization that links universities and industries across Canada and across the globe.
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program is one of the most popular Canadian PNPs that came into existence in 1998. MPNP has so far welcomed more than 130,000 newcomers to the province through its various immigration pathways. The students who are currently pursuing their higher studies in Manitoba can apply under the new pathways, if they meet the eligibility criteria.
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