Manitoba has an Expression of Interest system to streamline skilled worker immigration to the province. Under the system, candidates who meet Manitoba PNP Eligibility requirements can submit an Expression of Interest to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The Expression of Interest must include information regarding the basic Manitoba PNP eligibility factors that include age, education, language proficiency etc. Based on the information provided, each candidate is awarded a score on their Manitoba PNP eligibility and the highest scoring candidates are invited to apply for provincial nomination from Manitoba.
The Manitoba Skilled Worker Immigration Stream has two categories: the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Category and the Skilled Worker Overseas Category. The Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements for each of these categories are also different.
Skilled Worker In Manitoba Category
Qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates currently working in Manitoba and meet Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements can apply for provincial nomination under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category. The candidates must also have obtained a permanent job offer from a Manitoba employer in order to qualify. In the case of Skilled Workers in Manitoba candidates, they need not undergo a points-based assessment to determine their Manitoba PNP eligibility. All they need is to meet the minimum Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements listed below to enter the Expression of Interest pool. There they will be ranked on the basis of a number of factors.
Minimum Manitoba PNP Eligibility Requirements For Applicants
In order to be eligible to apply for provincial nomination under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, a candidate must meet the following Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements:
- The candidate must be either a qualified temporary foreign worker or an international student graduate to meet the Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements. If the candidate is an international student graduate, he/she must have attended an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. It must be a full-time study program with duration of at least one year. To meet the Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements, the candidate must have completed the program successfully and have been awarded a diploma, degree, or certificate.
- The candidate must have a permanent, full-time job offer from their current Manitoba employer
- The candidate must have worked for the current Manitoba employer continuously for at least six months to meet the Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements. While calculating the period of qualifying work experience, MPNP will not consider any periods of self-employment, unauthorized work, or periods of employment during which candidates were engaged in full-time study (e.g. work experience gained on a co-op permit). If in case the international student graduate completed their study program in a Canadian province other than Manitoba, they need to have at least one year of continuous work experience with the current employer to to meet the Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements.
- The candidate must have a valid work permit or post-graduation work permit issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to have Manitoba PNP eligibility
- The candidate must possess all qualification for the job offered, including training/education and any required licence or certification to meet the Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements
- The candidate must demonstrate required level of language proficiency to fulfill the duties of the job offered
- Have a connection to Manitoba through employment
- The candidate must demonstrate a settlement plan, intention and ability to settle in the province with family to meet the Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements
- The candidate must demonstrate sufficient settlement funds — generally $10,000 CAD for the principal applicant, plus $2,000 CAD for each dependent
Skilled Worker Overseas Category
Qualified skilled workers who may be out of Canada but can demonstrate a strong connection to the province can apply for provincial nomination from Manitoba under the Skilled Worker Overseas category. Under the program, each candidate is assessed on the basis of a number of factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience etc.
Minimum To Meet The Manitoba PNP Eligibility Requirements
- The candidate must score minimum 60 out of 100 points on the points grid to assess Manitoba PNP eligibility
- The candidate must demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba. It can be through the support of friends or family, previous work experience or education, or an Invitation to Apply from Manitoba.
Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements are different for candidates with different forms of connection.
Manitoba PNP Eligibility: Manitoba Support
For a person to become a Manitoba supporter for a skilled worker candidate, he/she must be:
- Living in Manitoba continuously for at least one year
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Able to demonstrate close ties to the applicant as well as the province.
- By relatives, it means familial relationship of any of the following type:
- Sister or brother
- Niece or nephew
- Aunt or uncle
- First cousin
- Mother or father
- Grandmother or grandfather
- Able to demonstrate that any applications they had previously supported resulted in successful, permanent economic establishment in Manitoba;
- Able to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan.
Manitoba PNP Eligibility: Manitoba Experience
To apply with the connection of Manitoba Experience, the candidate must have lived in the province either as a temporary foreign worker or as an international student and meet other Manitoba PNP eligibility requirements.
Those With Previous Work Experience Must:
- Have worked full-time for a Manitoba employer at least six consecutive months
- Produce a signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead
- Produce a copy of their work permit.
Those With Previous Educational Experience Must:
- Have completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba
- Produce their study permit(s), academic transcripts and certificate, diploma or degree they received.
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