On May 27, 2021, a round of invitations was conducted by Manitoba. In this draw, 404 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
The Manitoba PNP Express Entry candidates were fit for eligibility for the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. The candidates who were invited required an EOI score of at least 601 to be eligible for an invitation.
This score is calculated on the basis of the EOI scoring matrix maintained by Manitoba. It’s different from the federal CRS for Express Entry. The May 27 draw had no CRS requirement.
Manitoba divides out the few Express Entry candidates it invites. They are divided into candidates eligible for the International Education Stream and Skilled Workers in Manitoba. The third division is non-Express Entry candidates who are filing an application under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.
The invited candidates could apply for a provincial nomination from Manitoba. These candidates being Express Entry candidates, a provincial nomination from a Manitoba PNP will fetch them extra CRS points of 600 over their basic score. This raises their score high enough to get an ITA for Canada PR.
About Express Entry
Express Entry is an application management system that deals with Canada PR applications for 3 federal immigration programs meant for highly skilled candidates: CEC, FSWP, and FSTP.
One can directly apply via the Express Entry and skip the PNP process to get a Canada PR visa. But having a provincial nomination almost guarantees that IRCC will issue an ITA to the candidate to apply for Canada PR. This becomes possible because the candidate gets an extra 600 CRS points.
In the Express Entry, when a candidate submits his/her profile, it’s ranked on the basis of factors like your work experience, age, language skills, and education by the CRS.
Candidates scoring the highest get ITAs for Canada PR via Express Entry draws held regularly in Canada.
The first step to applying for a provincial nomination to Manitoba is to submit a profile in the Express Entry pool.
Immigration programs for Manitoba
Manitoba’s provincial government deals with the management of its immigration via the Manitoba PNP. It supports applications for immigration filed with the federal government. However, only the federal government of Canada has the authority to grant approval to PR applications. Manitoba PNP only supports the candidates by giving them a provincial nomination.
A candidate must register an EOI with the Manitoba PNP to start with to get a nomination from Manitoba. The candidate then stands a chance to get an LAA via the Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams.
Manitoba then assigns ranks to candidates out of 1,000 points. This is granted based on their human capital factors, and their Manitoba connections.
The Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas Category streams are designed to let the province identify candidates capable enough to fill the province’s labor market requirements.
Overseas candidates must show that they have connections to Manitoba. This could be either by virtue of acquired provincial experience in Manitoba, close family ties, or an invitation via one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. The candidate needn’t be living in Manitoba when the application was filed, in order to be eligible.
To get an invitation under the category of Skilled Workers in Manitoba, candidates must have a full-time job offer from an employer in the province.
International graduates who complete their studies in Manitoba can get an invitation under the International Education Stream. For this, they must demonstrate that they possess the in-demand skills required by the province.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
LAA – Letters of Advice to Apply
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
NOC – National Occupational Classification
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
MPNP – Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program