Manitoba’s Skilled Worker Immigration Ends with Two Quick Draws in 2016 - January 09, 2017

Manitoba’s Skilled Worker Immigration Ends with Two Quick Draws in 2016
The last days of 2016 saw a whirl of activity over the MPNP, or Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, with 2 draws taking place for its Skilled Worker immigration series on 21st an 30th December 2016. On the whole, 316 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were released to candidates who were eligible and who had earlier made a formal EOI or 'Expression of Interest', to immigrate to that province. The same individuals can now submit the application for a certificate of provincial nomination. Through this certificate, the candidate, along with his or her accompanying family members, can apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Of the LAAs issued over these two draws, 115 were granted to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category on 21st December. Extra 20 LAAs were issued under this sub-category just 9 days later.

The leftover 181 LAAs issued during this period were given under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category on 30th December (no LAAs were issued under this sub-category on 21st December).

Candidates, who are eligible under one of the MPNP Skilled Workers sub-categories, are ranked as per an exclusive points system that grants around 1,000 points to every candidate.

MPNP Skilled Worker Sub-Category

Date of MPNP Expression of Interest Draw

Number of Letters Issued

Minimum Points Required

Skilled Worker Overseas

December 30, 2016

20

787

Skilled Worker Overseas

December 21, 2016

115

605

Skilled Worker in Manitoba

December 30, 2016

181

702

Skilled Worker in Manitoba

December 21, 2016

0

N/A

MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas

This sub-category of MPNP, is for qualified skilled workers who could be outside Canada but can prove a significant connection to the province & its labor market. A points-based system is utilized to appraise candidates as per factors like age, work experience, language proficiency, adaptability and education. Even though candidates could be awarded a good number of points due to having an association with Manitoba, point could also be deducted under particular 'risk assessment' components that result from having connections to other Canadian provinces.

Candidates, who received an LAA in this sub-category at the recent MPNP draw, were invited directly via a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

These initiatives comprise of:

Recruitment Missions: These overseas immigration/employment fairs involve representatives from MPNP interviewing international skilled workers and eventually inviting them to apply following making a formal EOI or Expression of Interest to the MPNP.

Exploratory Visits: The MPNP can invite individuals who have undertaken a pre-approved Exploratory Visit and passed an interview with a program official.

MPNP Skilled Workers in Manitoba

Through this MPNP’s sub-category, applications are accepted from qualified international workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job by their employer in Manitoba. Skilled Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility.

Manitoba’ s Profile

Population: 1.3 million

Capital and largest city: Winnipeg

Location: Manitoba is situated in Central Canada and is known as one of the 3 "Prairie" provinces. Ontario lies to its east with Saskatchewan sharing the western border. The US states of North Dakota and Minnesota are to the south and the scantily-populated north of the province has a long coastline on Hudson Bay leading to a border with the territory of Nunavut.

Economy: Manitoba’s principle industries are mining, manufacturing, and agriculture. Traditionally farming has been a major occupation for Manitobans, and the rich farmlands in southern Manitoba produce wheat, barley, oats, sunflower, flax and canola crops, as well as dairy and livestock farms. From this agricultural base a considerable food processing industry has emerged. In addition, Manitoba is home to considerable manufacturing, aerospace and transportation industries. Winnipeg has a sizable financial and insurance industry, as well as government administration and services.

Climate: Manitoba is far from the moderating influences of mountain ranges or large bodies of water. Moreover, given its size, it experiences great variations in temperature. In Southern Manitoba, where the vast majority of the population resides, cold, snowy winters are the norm. Summers are typically hot and dry, with short transitional seasons ensuring that residents get a full four-season experience.

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