Manitoba, a Canadian province, has restarted the Skilled Worker Overseas category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program from 30th April 2015 onwards. Under this program, Manitoba looks forward to entice skilled professionals and their dependents who wish to settle in Manitoba as Canadian permanent residents.
Skilled professionals who have relatives or friends in Manitoba or have work experience or Manitoba education can immigrate to the province on a permanent basis if they satisfy the other requirements. Candidates are also invited to file an application under the MPNP.
The Manitoba Employment portion of the stream permits specific applicants working in the province to file an application. Manitoba Employment accepts applications all through the year.
Candidates who were nominated for Canada immigration under the MPNP offers applicants with faster processing of their immigration application. The new 'Expression of Interest' strategy designed under this category offers expedited processing for individuals with the skills that are required in Manitoba’s labor force. Skilled workers who wish to apply under this program will be able to create an 'Expression of Interest' as their first step to moving to Manitoba.
Applicants who satisfy the eligibility criteria of any of the existing MPNP’s programs will be admitted into a pool of eligible candidates, where they will be given points as per the point calculator. Points will be awarded for language skills, age, work experience, educational qualifications and the nature of adaptability. Applicants must attain minimum 60 points to qualify for the point grid system. The highest ranking skilled professionals will be invited to file a complete application to the MPNP during regular draws from the pool.
It has to be mentioned here that the MPNP points system gives highest points to age for candidates who are in-between 21 and 45 years, followed by language competency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of equal to or more than 4. These factors may advantage applicants who may not qualify for a federal economic immigration program or various Provincial Nominee Programs.
Points will be given for adaptability, with 20 points for having a relative in Manitoba or 10 points for having a distant relative or a close friend in Manitoba. A supporter of Manitoba must be the applicant’s family member or friend and must:
- Furnish prove that they reside and well established in Manitoba and have been residing in the province for minimum one year
- Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Prove that they have a close relationship with the applicant and to Manitoba
- Demonstrate that the applications they have previously supported were successful and attained permanent residency
Manitoba supporter should have any of the following relationships with the applicant:
• Mother or father;
• Niece or nephew;
• Aunt or uncle;
• Sister or brother;
• First cousin;
• Grandmother or grandfather
An extra five points will be given to the candidates who wish to immigrate to a town or region outside Winnipeg, the capital city of the province.
Apparently, the MPNP comprise of extra categories for entrepreneurs and Federal Express Entry pool applicants. Manitoba is recognized as the Prairie Province in Central Canada, and it has welcomed around 130,000 overseas nationals over the past decade.