MANITOBA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (MPNP)
Manitoba is located between the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan. International students, skilled workers, and entrepreneurs from all over the world are making Manitoba their new home as it offers high employment, affordability, and peaceful living in the heart of Canada.
In a draw held on June 07, 2019 Manitoba has issued 209 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to immigration candidates.
The invitations, known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), that were issued in the June 7 draw:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 121 LAAs | Minimum score: 542
- Skilled Workers Overseas: 60 LAAs | Minimum score: 701
- International Education Stream: 28 LAAs
Who are eligible?
The Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream is open to eligible temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent, full-time job with their Manitoba employer.
The Skilled Workers Overseas Stream lets the MPNP nominate eligible immigration candidates living outside Canada who have an established connection to Manitoba such as the support of family members or friends, previous education or work experience in the province, or an invitation under one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.
Note: On June 07, 2019 all 60 Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received an LAA were invited directly through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
The International Education Stream provides 3 pathways to permanent residence for eligible international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary institutions.
‘’The Land of Immigrants
Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced that:
‘’Manitoba Government is reinvesting up to $3.1 Million in revenue generated by Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program into services that support newscomers to Manitoba’’
How does the MPNP works?
Step 01: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
Based on the answers they provide in their EOI, candidates are allocated a score which will determine their rank in the pool of candidate.
Step 02: Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs)
Once a month, draws are held in which candidates having the highest score will be issued Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs)
‘’18 of the 209 LAAs issued on June 7 went to candidates in the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration categories:
- the Federal Skilled Worker Class;
- Federal Skilled Trades Class and
- Canadian Experience Class’’
Express Entry Candidates
Candidates under the Express Entry program need to register a separate Expression of Interest with the MPNP and must acquire a job seeker validation code. Among other eligibility requirements, they will also need to have experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively fast-tracked for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Manitoba values the contribution that families make to the communities and to the economic development of the province. When applicants seek for Canadian Permanent resident status through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), their family are also included in their application.
Applicants must provide information, and identity documents, for all members of their immediate family, including those who will not accompany them to Canada.
Spouse (by marriage or by common-law partnership of at least one year) and dependent children may move with the applicant to Manitoba to settle as permanent residents.
Note: A dependent child qualifies as dependent provided they satisfy both of these requirements:
(i) they’re under 22 years old (also known as an average dependent children), andmust meet both of these requirements:
- they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22, and
- they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition.
(ii) they don’t have a spouse or common-law partner.
For more details, please see the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the current and previous definitions of a dependent childand use the IRCC online tool to check if your child qualifies as a dependent.
For purpose of immigration, a fiancé(e) is not considered as a dependent. If both applicant and fiancé(e) do not intend to get married before applying to the MPNP, a separate MPNP application will have to be submitted.
Changes in Family Status
Any changes in family status (for example: having a baby, death in the family or an eligible accompanying dependent becomes ineligible by getting married, etc) must be reported to both the MPNP and the Government of Canada (Visa Office) before the applicants and their dependents are issued permanent resident Visas.
Declaration of all Dependents
Before the Applicant is nominated, all existing dependents must be declared. Otherwise eligible dependents will later require a separate application for immigration/sponsorship.
Ineligible Family Members
Relatives such as parents or siblings cannot be included in the applicant’s MPNP application even if they live with the applicant. As a permanent resident, the applicant can sponsor such relatives, however the MPNP cannot assist with sponsorship applications.
Applicants may also be ineligible for immigration to Canada, if:
- the applicant or any dependent family member (whether accompanying or not) has a serious medical condition;
- the applicant or any dependent family member (whether accompanying or not) over the age of 18 has a criminal record; or
- the applicant has unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any member of the family.