New immigration pathway now open for international graduates in Manitoba
A new immigration pathway for international graduates of post-secondary institutions in Manitoba is now open to Expressions of Interest from eligible candidates.
In order to be eligible for the Career Employment Pathway, candidates must have graduated from a full-time program of at least one year / two semesters in length and be living in the province at the time they submit their Expression of Interest (EOI).
Among 0ther criteria, candidates must also have:
- a full-time job offer from an eligible current employer in an occupation that's considered in-demand in Manitoba and is consistent with their training and education;
- completed a bridging program and passed the initial stage of certification as determined by the relevant regulatory body.
Interested international students can apply immediately after graduating and must be living in Manitoba
Submitting an EOI
An EOI is not an application but is rather a way for interested candidates to make it known to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) that they would like to be considered for a provincial nomination for permanent residence under a given immigration pathway.
Eligible candidates answer a series of questions online that pertain to their education, work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors. Profiles are given a ranking score and entered into the pool of eligible candidates for the given pathway.
A set number of the highest-scoring candidates are then issued Letters of Advice to Apply for a provincial nomination from the MPNP during regular draws from the pool.
The MPNP says it may impose program or occupation-specific limits when issuing LAAs for the Career Employment Pathway.
The pathway's opening on November 30 brings the number of immigration options for international students in Manitoba to three under the MPNP's new International Education Stream.
The International Education Stream was created as part of a general overhaul of the MPNP that was announced last November.
At that time, the MPNP stated that attracting and retaining international graduates from Manitoba's post-secondary institutions with the training to support innovation was a key element of the MPNP's renewal program.