In the second Manitoba Expression of Interest draw held after a gap of just two weeks, Manitoba invited 242 candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The draw held on February 13 invited candidates belonging to the following immigration categories under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP):
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 182
- Skilled Workers Overseas: 27
- International Education Stream: 33
Of the total 242 invitations issued, 15 went to Express Entry candidates.
Manitoba Express Entry
For an Express Entry candidate to be considered for a provincial nomination from Manitoba, they must first submit an Expression of Interest to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). They also need to demonstrate work experience in one of the in-demand occupations of Manitoba and meet other requirements.
The Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from Manitoba will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points added to their total CRS score. It guarantees them an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
Manitoba Expression of Interest
The candidates who wish to be nominated by Manitoba under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba or the Skilled Workers Overseas categories must submit an Expression of Interest to the MPNP. Each of these Expression of Interest profiles are awarded a score out of 1000 based on various eligibility factors including age, education, work experience, language proficiency, previous connections to the province etc. In the Manitoba Expression of Interest draws, the province invites candidates with the highest scores to apply for nomination. In the latest draw, Skilled Workers in Manitoba were required score at least 525 and Skilled Workers Overseas candidates were required score minimum 611 points to be selected.
The Skilled Worker Overseas category allows Manitoba to nominate foreign workers who are capable of supporting Manitoba’s labour market for Canada PR. To be eligible, candidates must have a previous connection to Manitoba in the form of close family members or friends residing in the province, previous education or work experience here or an invitation received through one of the Strategic Recruitment Initiatives of Manitoba. Candidates need not be present in Manitoba at the time of submitting the application. All the Skilled Worker Overseas category candidates who received invites in the latest draw had been invited directly under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.
To be eligible under the Skilled Workers in the Manitoba category, the candidate must be working in Manitoba at the time of submitting the application. They must also have a full-time, permanent job offer from their employer and meet other eligibility requirements.
Graduates with in-demand skills are invited by Manitoba to apply for provincial nomination through the International Education Stream.