Manitoba launches special stream for STEM students
Nicky van Zyl
Manitoba is Canada’s first province to launch a fast-track immigration program for Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) international graduates. The International Education Stream is specifically designed for international students who studied in Manitoba.
Students who graduate in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math can apply for permanent resident status through the International Education Stream as soon as they graduate. The province of Manitoba begins accepting applications in 2018.
Why are STEM students prioritized?
Deputy Minister of Immigration and Economic opportunities in Manitoba, Ben Rempel said that the increase in students choosing low-skilled education programs that are the quickest to complete does not help Manitoba to leverage their potential as contributors to the labor market. On the other hand, it is also not beneficial in advancing the students’ careers.
“That way everybody benefits; the student is doing what they need to do to advance their career aspirations, the colleges and universities are receiving students for the right reasons, the labor market for Manitoba is much more targeted and beneficial,” said Rempel.
Students in other fields of study
Students who graduated in undergraduate programs and trade programs other than STEM can still apply for permanent resident status if they have a valid job offer in a job related to their studies. Another requirement is that the job must be on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) list. The list contains jobs that are in-demand in Canada due to worker shortages. The jobs on the NOC range from floor covering installers to graphic designers.
Rempel said the province is looking into creating additional immigration programs to other professions like medicine and agriculture. “We’re definitely in conversation with our partners in agriculture…. medical and other professions.”
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