The eastmost Prairie Province has so far invited 3086 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination this year.
Manitoba held its largest draw of the year, inviting 253 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on August 13.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited skilled workers and international student graduates through three immigration streams: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education streams.
The invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), were distributed as follows:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 197
- Skilled Workers Overseas: 33
- International Education Stream: 23
The province has issued 3,086 LAAs to immigration candidates in these categories so far in 2020. This was Manitoba’s 96th draw since the program began in April 2014.
Manitoba’s EOI system
People who want to immigrate through Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) need to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the MPNP to receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.
Under Manitoba’s system, such candidates are ranked out of 1,000 points for human capital characteristics such as their English or French language skills, education, work experience, Manitoba connections, and other factors.
Here are the EOI score cutoffs for the August 13 draw:
- Skilled workers in Manitoba: 485
- Skilled Workers Overseas: 672
About Manitoba immigration streams
The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams allow the province to nominate skilled workers who can support Manitoba’s labour market needs.
People who are overseas need to have an established connection to Manitoba. This can be demonstrated through close family ties or friends in the province, previous experience in Manitoba, or an invitation under one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.
Candidates do not need to be physically present in Manitoba at the time of the application to be eligible.
Successful candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category must meet certain criteria, such as having a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in Manitoba.
International students that graduated from an educational institution in Manitoba may receive an LAA under the International Education Stream if they have in-demand skills.
Among the LAAs issued in the August 13 draw, nine went to candidates with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system.
Candidates who qualify for the Express Entry pool are ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that considers human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability.
The highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.
Those who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination from Manitoba in this draw declared a valid Express Entry ID and provided a job seeker validation code.