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Manitoba Reinitiates Skilled Worker Overseas Stream for Immigration to Canada

May 2015, 02
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Manitoba Reinitiates Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
As of the new statement given by the Canadian Government on 30 April 2015, Manitoba one of the sought after the province of Canada has reinitiated its overseas skilled worker stream called MPNP (Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program). Through this special scheme, Manitoba looks forward to skilled professionals and families who have expressed their interest to work and settle in Manitoba as a permanent resident of Canada.

However, skilled workers who possess special qualifications or have their family members or friends in the province or hold a valid work experience and meet the eligibility criteria of the country are permitted to immigrate to Manitoba without any constraints. Furthermore, skilled applicants of Canada are also invited to lodge their application through MPNP. 

This special plan also permits certain individuals who are currently working in the province as temporary workers. The main intention behind the Manitoba’s new 'Expression of Interest' scheme is to grab the attention of skilled workers from across the globe and to tackle the labor shortage. Proponents further added that all the skilled workers aspiring to file their application in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program have to first document their 'Expression of Interest' to immigrate to Manitoba. Individuals who meet the requirements of one of the existing streams of MPNP are allowed to file their application in the pool, where each will be ranked based on the credentials he or she holds. Moreover, a prospective applicant is recommended to score a minimum of 60 points in the test to be eligible to apply. Highest ranked skilled professionals in the regular draws would be invited to file their applications to MPNP.   

Overseas skilled employees interested to apply for MPNP must create an 'Expression of Interest' as their initial step to for immigration. Candidates who abide by one of the MPNP’s existing program streams eligibility criteria, Skilled Worker Overseas as well as Skilled Worker in Manitoba, will be placed into a pool of potential applicants, where they will be given ranks based on the point’s grid, which will be awarded based on the factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, adaptability and education level. Candidates should score at least 60 points in order to become eligible to apply. Only highest ranking skilled employees will be invited to submit a application to the MPNP in regular draws from the pool.

Interestingly, Candidates who are not eligible for Federal Economic Immigration Program or Provincial Nominee Programs make use of MPNP program, as maximum points are awarded to applicants who are proficient in English language, aged between 21 to 45 years; have a close relative or friend in Manitoba

  • Able to submit the evidence that they are residing in the nation continuously for one year
  • Must be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
  • Should demonstrate that they have close ties with the Manitoba supporter
  • Manitoba Supporter must be a sister or brother, aunt or uncle, niece or nephew, mother or father, first cousin or a grandmother or grandfather to the prospective applicant.

Notably, additional five points will be awarded to an applicant wishing to migrate to the well-known city of the province, Winnipeg.

The Following are not entitled to file their application to the MPNP:

  • Live-in Caregivers presently residing in Canada
  • Foreign Workers are working and residing in the province for certain duration other than Manitoba
  • Spouses of permanent residents or Canadian Citizens 
  • Applicants who hold an active immigration request with any other provincial immigration program in Canada.

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