The 82nd Manitoba Expression of Interest draw took place on January 30, issuing invitations to immigration candidates vying for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent out a total of 181 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to candidates from the following three streams:
Out of the 181 LAAs issued in this draw, 11 were sent to candidates who had a valid Express Entry profile.
Express Entry is the leading pathway for economic class immigrants to obtain permanent residence in Canada.
Those who choose the Express Entry route are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that assesses their human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and official language proficiency.
The highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence in regular Express Entry draws.
With a provincial nomination, an Express Entry candidate will receive an additional 600 points toward their overall CRS score, effectively guaranteeing them an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
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 to the MPNP.
In order to be invited for a provincial nomination from Manitoba through both the Skilled Worker in Manitoba and Skilled Worker Overseas categories, candidates need to 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 548.
The lowest-ranked candidate invited from the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream had a score of 679.
The Skilled Worker Overseas Category allows the MPNP to select and nominate skilled foreign workers who can help support 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 39 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.
Manitoba graduates with in-demand skills may be invited under the International Education Stream.
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