On June 4, 2020, Manitoba held its 91st Expression of Interest (EOI) draw. In the draw 124 immigration candidates were issued invites to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.
The candidates to whom Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent out the invitations were eligible for the streams of:
- International Education Stream: 19
- Skilled Workers Overseas: 21
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 84
The total number of invites (also called Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA)) issued to immigration candidates in 2020 has come to 2,154.
9 of the 124 LAAs sent went to those candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.
The federal Express Entry system has the task of managing applications for 3 federal immigration streams namely:
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The eligible candidates’ profiles are ranked with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The scoring is based on human capital factors like:
- Work experience
- Language skill in English and French
Those who score high in the CRS will be issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) via regular federal Express Entry draws.
If the 9 MPNP candidates invited in the June 4 draw got a provincial nomination, they will get an additional 600 points to their original CRS score. It will in effect ensure that the candidate will get selected in an upcoming Express Entry draw.
It’s a must for candidates invited in this draw via Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba to register an EOI with the MPNP.
EOI is an online profile ranked on a scale with a maximum score of 1000. The points are awarded based on the candidate’s qualities like:
- Work experience
- Skill in English or French
- Connections to Manitoba
The candidates invited under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba had an EOI score of 523.
The lowest EOI score had by candidates invited under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream was 703.
Candidates under the Skilled Workers of Manitoba stream necessarily have a permanent full-time job from a Manitoba employer.
Candidates under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream must have a connection with Manitoba. This could be friends, a close family, work experience, or education in Manitoba. This could also be an invitation via any of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives.
Also, candidates under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream needn’t be in Manitoba while submitting the application, to be considered eligible.
There’s another way in which immigration Canada allows the province to invite candidates. This involves graduates from Manitoba possessing certain in-demand skills. They may be invited under the International Education stream.
This stream has 3 sub-categories namely:
- Graduate Internship Pathway
- International Student Entrepreneur Pilot
- Career Employment Pathway
In this draw, the MPNP issued 19 LAAs to International Education Stream candidates.
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