Nearly 200 international graduates from Manitoba and skilled workers who submitted an Expression of Interest profile to the province received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination yesterday.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued 183 invitations on December 19.
Candidates were invited from the Skilled Worker in Manitoba, and the Skilled Worker Overseas categories as well as the International Education Stream.
The invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were distributed as follows:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 149
- Skilled Workers Overseas: 17
- International Education Stream: 17
This brings the total number of LAAs issued by the MPNP to 7,545 invitations this year.
Invitations to Express Entry candidates
Among the 183 invitations issued in the latest Manitoba draw, 16 were issued to candidates who had a profile in the Express Entry pool.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main Economic-Class immigration categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates are ranked based on human capital factors such as age, work experience, education and ability in one of Canada’s two official languages. The highest-scoring candidates in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.
With a provincial nomination, Express Entry candidates receive an additional 600 CRS points, which effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
To be considered for a provincial nomination from Manitoba, Express Entry candidates must have eligible work experience in one of Manitoba’s in-demand occupations, among other requirements.
They must also submit a separate Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP.
Expression of Interest
To be considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Manitoba through both the Skilled Worker in Manitoba and Skilled Worker Overseas categories, candidates must register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP.
An EOI is an online profile that is ranked out of a score of 1,000. Points are awarded for a candidate’s education, work experience, connections to Manitoba and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.
A set number of the highest-scoring candidates receive an LAA, allowing them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence from Manitoba.
In the latest draw, the lowest-ranked candidate invited under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream had a score of 542.
The lowest-ranked candidate invited from the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream had a score of 559.
Skilled Worker Overseas and Skilled Worker in Manitoba
The MPNP’s Skilled Worker Overseas Category allows the MPNP to select and nominate foreign workers with skills required in Manitoba’s labour market.
Candidates must have an established connection to Manitoba such as close family or friends, previous education or work experience in the province, or an invitation through one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives, among other requirements.
They do not need to be in Manitoba at the time of application in order to qualify.
The 17 candidates invited through the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream were invited directly by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
Candidates invited through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Category must be working in Manitoba and have a full-time, permanent job offer from their employer, among other criteria.
International Education Stream
Manitoba graduates with certain in-demand skills may be invited under the International Education Stream.
This stream includes three sub-categories: Career Employment Pathway, Graduate Internship Pathway, and the Student Entrepreneur Pathway.