Located between the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, the province of Manitoba is in many ways the gateway to western Canada. Agriculture, as well as natural resources, remains an important sector of the Manitoban economy. Manitoba’s population of approximately 1.2 million is located largely in and around Winnipeg – the largest city and capital of Manitoba. Manitobans benefit from tight-knit communities, a stable labor market, and sweeping natural wilderness. Since first being launched in 1998, Manitoba immigration has attracted more than 130.000 immigrants to Canada and the authorities have taken efforts to bring in more newcomers.
About Manitoba immigration
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is one of the most popular of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs or PNPs. Through these programs, provinces such as Manitoba can nominate individuals and families to immigrate to Canada based on criteria set by the province. In addition, through this Manitoba immigration program, prospective immigrants with skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Manitoba Provincial Nomination Certificate.
Like all provincial selection systems, if you are nominated for permanent residence to Canada by the province of Manitoba, you must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for permanent residence.
How to immigrate to Manitoba?
If you meet all the requirements for this Manitoba immigration program, there are some following streams under the revamped Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for you to select. They are:
- Skilled Worker Immigration Stream – including those in Manitoba and Overseas
- Manitoba Business Investor Stream
- Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative – through the MPNP
- International Education Stream
1. Skilled Worker Immigration Stream
The Skilled Worker categories operate through an Expression of Interest(EOI) system which helps eligible candidates complete a series of questions online and do not need to upload supporting documentation before submitting their profile into the EOI pool. Based on your answers, the online system will give you score and then the MPNP will rank you using several factors. You may get an invitation to submit an application to the MPNP if you are among the top-scoring candidates. There are no limits on the number of candidates who can submit an Expression of Interest and no deadline.
There are currently two streams to Manitoba for the skilled worker under the MPNP Expression of Interest System. As part of the MPNP renewal, the Skilled Worker Immigration Streams will consist of four pathways below.
The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream
Temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent, full-time job are qualified to apply to this stream. Unlike the other connections to Manitoba in the MPNP, Skilled Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment. As part of the MPNP renewal, the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream will consist of two pathways: Manitoba Work Experience and Employer Direct Recruitment.
The Manitoba Work Experience Pathway of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program targets skilled temporary workers and graduates in Manitoba who wish to settle in Manitoba as permanent residents.
The Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway targets skilled workers overseas whose expertise is required in Manitoba.
The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
The Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Stream uses a points-based system to assess candidates, who may be outside of Canada. Applications are accepted from qualified skilled workers who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province through family or friends (Manitoba Support), past education or employment (Manitoba Experience), or by invitation of the MPNP (Manitoba Invitation), and who score a minimum of 60 points according to five eligibility factors: age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.
This pathway is a way for Express Entry candidates who are also eligible under another MPNP stream and who meet Express Entry requirements and have an active Express Entry profile. Successful candidates are awarded 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, resulting in quick issuance of an invitation to apply for permanent residence and fast-track processing.
This pathway will be open to foreign skilled workers with experience in Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations, and who demonstrate the ability to potentially establish themselves by building strong labor market connections to those occupations.
Immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Human Capital Pathway (HCP) is one of the upcoming changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, scheduled to come into effect in 2019.
2. Manitoba Business Investor Stream
Individuals who have the desire to do business in Manitoba can do so through this stream. This process operates on an ‘Expression of Interest’ system, whereby prospective applicants submit their intention to apply to the program, and the most qualified are invited to apply for immigration.
The Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway provides a route to Canadian permanent residence for investors and entrepreneurs who wish to purchase or start a farming business in Manitoba.
The Manitoba Business Investor stream is for investors and entrepreneurs who wish to purchase or start a business in Manitoba. Successful applicants to the Entrepreneur Pathway will receive a temporary work permit and sign a business performance agreement to purchase an existing business in the province or start a new business.
3. Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative
One particular initiative for immigration to Manitoba is the Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative. This rural town, situated 112 km southwest of Winnipeg, is actively looking for new immigrants in certain occupations. Immigration to Morden is conducted through the MPNP.
4. International Education Stream
Manitoba’s new International Education Stream is dedicated to providing faster pathways to nomination international students graduating in Manitoba. The stream has three pathways: Career Employment Pathway, Graduate Internship Pathway, and the Student Entrepreneur Pathway.
International graduates of universities and colleges in Manitoba can look to the Career Employment Pathway as their potential route to permanent residence.
The Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway provides nomination pathways for international graduates of a Master’s or Doctoral (Ph.D.) study program who then complete an internship contributing to industry innovation in Manitoba.
The Manitoba International Student Entrepreneur Pilot provides international students who have graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship in Manitoba.
How to prepare for applying?
If you meet the eligibility criteria of the MPNP, you may submit an application through the online system. In your application, you must provide personal, education, language, and work-related information and documents as well as a Settlement Plan.
The MPNP will assess your application based on how well the documents you provide demonstrate that you meet program criteria, and your ability and intention to successfully establish in Manitoba as an economic immigrant and settle in the province as a permanent resident.
If the MPNP nominates you, you must then submit a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for your permanent resident visa. CIC, which has the sole authority for Canada visas, will review your file and complete health, security, and criminal background checks.
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