In a recent draw held on March 28, 2019, Manitoba invited 595 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. It was the seventh Expression of Interest draw of 2019 held by Manitoba. Candidates who come under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)’s Skilled Worker Overseas, Skilled Worker in Manitoba, and International Education streams were eligible for Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under this draw.
Only those candidates who had an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile registered with the MPNP were invited in the draw held on March 28, 2019. With this draw, the total number of invitations issued by Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program through the above-mentioned streams has reached 3,199 for the year 2019.
In order to be considered for a nomination through pathways like Skilled Worker Overseas and Skilled Worker in Manitoba, the first step is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.
Once the candidates submit the EOI profile they are awarded a score based on factors including language proficiency, education, work experience, and established a connection to Manitoba. Based on the scores, the highest-rank candidates are identified and issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) through regular invitation rounds.
The Express Entry candidates who received a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) are required to have the following:
- A valid Express Entry ID
- A job-seeker validation code
- Recent work experience in a profession on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List
Among the candidates nominated under Skilled Workers Overseas stream, the EOI score of the lowest rank candidate was 563. The Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received invitations on March 28, 2019, qualified in the following criteria:
- Six years of experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list.
- A close relative residing in Manitoba or past education/work experience in Manitoba.
- Minimum language proficiency in English or French with CLB/NCLC 5.
- If the candidate has a work experience primarily in a regulated occupation, the required CLB/NCLC should be 7.
- Whereas, in the case of compulsory trade CLB/NCLC 6 is required.
In another initiative conducted by MPNP in association with Manitoba businesses, 29 Skilled Worker Overseas candidates were issued LAAs through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative in the March 28, 2019, draw. The lowest-ranked candidate among this group had an EOI score of 719.
Express Entry candidates who are issued Invitations to Apply from Provincial Nomination Programs get an added benefit of 600 points toward their Express Entry ranking score. This increases their chance of securing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry Draw.