Manitoba set a new record in its Manitoba PNP draw history. The draw that took place on July 27, 2021, invited an unprecedented 1,140 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. Never before had these many immigration candidates been invited via a single PNP draw in Manitoba.
The cut-off score that was set for the PNP draw was 557.
As this draw became special with its sheer number of candidates invited, the previous record set on June 28, 2021, was broken. In the draw held on that date, Manitoba had invited 1,017 Express Entry candidates.
The candidates who were sent invitations were to apply for a provincial nomination from the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. To be eligible for an LAA, they needed to have an EOI profile and an EOI score not less than 557 points.
With 600 points these candidates will get if provincially nominated by Manitoba, they will come into the front of the line to get an ITA in a federal Express Entry draw.
About Express Entry
Applicants for Canada immigration for the immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP get evaluated and ranked by the Express Entry system. Under this system, CRS assigns scores based on factors like education, age, work experience, and language proficiency in English.
When a PNP system like Manitoba PNP accesses the Express Entry and seeks suitable candidates in its candidate pool, eligible candidates get invited to accept the provincial nomination offered to them. The provincial nomination comes with an extra 600 CRS points that improve their chances of getting an ITA in a federal immigration draw.
So, before a candidate becomes eligible to apply for a provincial nomination via Manitoba PNP, they require an Express Entry profile already created.
Manitoba and its immigration programs
Manitoba attracts skilled people from overseas, welcoming them with the opportunity to settle in the province. MPNP, which manages the province’s immigration matters, finds these eligible and capable candidates from the Express Entry pool.
The best that Manitoba can do, like any Canadian province, is to offer provincial nominations to Express Entry candidates. These candidates will get the advantage of 600 extra CRS points that helps them get the best chance of getting ITAs for Canada PR.
The Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas are the streams that MPNP has to invite eligible candidates. Eligible candidates are ranked by Manitoba PNP out of 1,000 points. This ranking is done on the basis of human capital factors.
The MPNP streams are used to identify candidates who meet the labor market needs of the province. Among the factors that eligible candidates are decided upon, are previous experience in Manitoba, connections to Manitoba, and invitation via one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.
The good part is that Manitoba doesn’t insist the candidate reside in the province while applying for nomination.
If a candidate is applying under the category of Skilled Workers of Manitoba, that candidate requires a full-time job offer from an employer in the province.
If a candidate is applying under the category of International Graduates, they must demonstrate that they have in-demand skills.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
LAA – Letter of Advice to Apply