Manitoba Express Entry
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Often called the ‘Gateway of Western Canada’, Manitoba, with its bountiful nature and flourishing economy, is one of the best options if you are planning to settle in Canada. One of the secrets why Manitoba is attracting a large number of immigrants is the amicable nature of the inhabitants.
Manitoba has a considerably large manufacturing sector, and agriculture. Tourism, electricity, oil, mining, and forestry are also significant industries that keep the economy growing. Apart from that, the province provides free public education to its Canadian citizens and permanent residents aged under 21 years. There are a number of different types of schooling options available for education in Manitoba, like Public, Independent, French immersion, Francais, and Private schools. Home-schooling is also a good option for education in Manitoba. Healthcare for the youth and caretaking for seniors provided by the Government of Manitoba is one of the best in the country.
Different ways to migrate to Manitoba
Like most PNP in Canadian provinces, the PNP in Manitoba includes four major pathways: Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream, Skilled Worker Overseas Stream, Manitoba Business Investor Stream, and International Education Stream. The Express Entry Program is a part of the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream.
Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO)
The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream is meant to select skilled workers from outside Canada (or even immigrants staying in Canada) who fulfill the criteria to boost the economy. Preference is given to applicants and their spouses with close family connections as they share a strong bond with the country.
Some other requirements include a minimum age limit of 18 years, at least six months of work experience in an In-Demand occupation, a score of at least 60 out of 100 on the points assessment grid and a complete Career Plan. While the application fee is around CAD 500, the processing time is at least six months. This stream includes
- a) Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
- b) Human Capital Pathway
What is MPNP?
MPNP is an abbreviation of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. It is the first PNP in Canada and became a permanent immigration program in 1998. The main objective of this program is to help the economy of the province expand by accepting immigrants as permanent residents based on certain criteria and demands in the labour market. Annually, this province welcomes around 4,000 new foreign settlers through this program.
Note: For all streams under MPNP, except Manitoba Express Entry Pathway under the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream, they can apply without Express Entry.
What is the Manitoba Express Entry program?
One of the immigration pathways included in the Skilled Workers Overseas Category is the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway. It aims to accommodate foreign nationals with active Express Entry profiles with the required skills and foreign work experience to contribute to Manitoba’s labour force.
How to immigrate to Manitoba through the Express Entry program?
The Express Entry (EE) program of Canada is one of the most effective and fastest ways of achieving permanent residency in Canada. The Manitoba Express Entry (EE) Pathway is open to candidates who meet the Express Entry criteria and have an active EE profile.
While applying for the Manitoba PNP Express Entry, there are two scenarios which are mentioned below:
- Candidates can only apply through the Express Entry Skilled Worker Program, and the province can then choose worthy applicants from this pool.
- Candidates can apply directly through the Manitoba Nominee Program, from which the province will choose the skilled candidates and ask them to enter the Express Entry pool, and they receive an additional 600 points under CRS.
Requirements for Manitoba Express Entry Program
|Express Entry Program||
|Level of Education||Candidates must have completed a post-secondary program of one year duration which is equivalent to the Canadian degree. Otherwise, they must have a certificate/ license in training related to the job they are currently involved in.|
|Language Proficiency||Candidates must fulfill the minimum language requirement in English or French, which is CLB/NCLC 6 (or higher) for NOC B and CLB/NCLC 7 (or higher) for NOC 0 or A.|
|Experience of Work||
|Proof of Fund||Candidates must provide that they have enough liquid funds as per the low income cut-off (LICO) requirements for a six-month period.|
|Age||Candidates should be of 18 years or above at the time of application.|
How to apply for the Manitoba Express Entry program?
In order to create a profile for the Expression of Interest (EOI), eligible persons must score at least 60 points out of 100 according to the Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas points grid. After that, candidates are given a score out of 1,000 based on Manitoba’s unique ranking system.
Then, based on the score, the Manitoba immigration authorities invite the most eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The invited ones apply for a provincial nomination under the MPNP which is associated with the federal Express Entry system.
The candidates applying through the Express Entry will receive a notification of nomination on their Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) account. After accepting the nomination, the applicant’s CRS score will increase by 600 points which makes his/her chances to receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw stronger.
Once the candidate receives the ITA, they must submit an official application for Canadian PR within the designated time period. After this, the application is typically processed within six months.