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Manitoba Invites 494 Skilled Workers

Manitoba Invites 494 Skilled Workers

Manitoba is the first Canadian province to establish an immigration program of its own, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). It is estimated that around 15000 immigrants settle in Manitoba every year. The results of a recent survey showed that 85 per cent of Manitoba nominees were working three months after arrival, 76 per cent were homeowners within five years and 95 per cent of families settled permanently in the community.

In a draw held on July 11, the Province of Manitoba invited 494 skilled workers apply for immigration through Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). This has opened the doors of permanent residency in Manitoba for these workers and their family members.

MPNP has a special ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) system for skilled workers. The first step in the application process is submitting an EOI. Then the candidates are awarded points on the basis of various stipulated factors. The candidates are chosen based on a score out of 1000. Those who earn highest points are issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). Upon being nominated, the candidate can apply for permanent residence to the Federal Government.

In this manner, 458 candidates selected in the last draw have received LAAs under the sub category, Skilled Workers in Manitoba. The lowest score was 612. The rest of 36 LAAs were sent to candidates who were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative under Skilled Workers Overseas Subcategory. All these candidates had a score of above 712.

The Manitoba Immigration Authorities have informed that Expressions of Interest from Skilled Workers Overseas in the following occupations were not considered in the last draw.

  • Registered Nurses
  • Secondary and Elementary School Teachers
  • Vocational and College Instructors
  • University Professors
  • General and Specialist Physicians

 

The reasons were the high number of applications yet to be assessed, low labor market demand and/or significant barriers to labor market participation.

Only those candidates who have said to be working in a regulated occupation or are fully licensed to work in Manitoba have been selected in this draw. But their applications may be declined at a later stage if they fail to produce proof of having undergone all the steps needed to have license to work in Manitoba.

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