Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) said it issued 148 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to Express Entry candidates who have a job seeker validation code and at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on the MPNP’s In-Demand Occupations List.
The lowest-ranked Express Entry candidate invited had a ranking score under Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system of 560.
A total of 191 candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba were also issued LAAs, with the lowest-ranked candidate having an EOI ranking score of 647.
A further 64 candidates were issued LAAs under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, with the lowest-ranked candidate having a score 647.
Strategic Recruitment Initiatives include:
- Recruitment missions. These overseas employment/immigration fairs involve MPNP representatives interviewing foreign skilled workers and subsequently inviting them to apply after they have made a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP.
- Exploratory visits. The MPNP may invite people who have undertaken a pre-approved Exploratory Visit and passed an interview with a program official.
An additional 143 LAAs were issued to skilled workers outside the province who met the following criteria:
- A close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
- At least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and
- A minimum language proficiency of CLB 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
The lowest-ranked candidate in this category had a score of 605.
This was the second EOI draw to invite candidates through the MPNP’s new Express Entry Pathway, which was created as part of a general restructuring of the MPNP in November 2017.
Express Entry candidates who apply successfully for a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, putting an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence well within reach.
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