The province of Manitoba has given 298 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), in a recent draw that took place on September 29, 2016. Manitoba issues it’s LAAs through two sub-categories of the skilled worker’s category of the MPNP. In this latest draw, 258 LAAs were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while the other 40 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category.
In the ranking system for this particular draw, candidates were required to have 435 points for them to be issued an LAA and Skilled Workers Overseas were required to have 620 points.
In the draw, candidates in the Skilled Worker Overseas category also included candidates who were directly invited by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. These initiatives include:
- Recruitment missions. These overseas employment/immigration fairs involve MPNP officials interviewing foreign skilled worker and subsequently inviting them to apply after they have made a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP.
- Exploratory Visits. The MPNP may invite people who have gone through a pre-approved Exploratory Visit and passed an interview with a program official.
The MPNP for Skilled workers is aimed at supplying the employment needs of Manitoba employers. The Province selects experienced workers that have skills required in the local labour market and nominate them to receive a provincial nomination certificate from the MPNP. Upon receiving the nomination certificate, the candidate can then apply to the federal government for permanent residence status.
These particular immigration options are attractive to individuals who may otherwise not be able to immigrate to Canada through the federal Express Entry selection program, as the eligibility requirements are different.
MPNP Skilled Workers in Manitoba
In this sub-category of the MPNP, applications are accepted from qualified foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job by their employer. Skilled workers in Manitoba are not subjected to a points assessment system to determine their eligibility.
MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas
This MPNP sub-category is for qualified skilled workers who may be outside Canada but who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province and its labour market. A points-based assessment is used, by considering factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education, and adaptability. Because they have a connection to Manitoba, some candidates may be awarded more points, they may also, however, have their points deducted under certain risk assessment factors that come from having connections with other Canadian Provinces.