Express Entry candidates invited to apply for provincial nomination in latest Manitoba draw

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued 337 invitations to Skilled Workers Overseas candidates

Manitoba continued its busy start to 2019 with a new Expression of Interest draw for Skilled Workers Overseas candidates on March 14.

A total of 337 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence from Manitoba were issued to Skilled Workers Overseascandidates, of which 274 went to a group that included candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

Canada’s Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of the country’s main economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has now issued 1,931 invitations through its Skilled Workers Overseas Stream over the course of six draws this year.

The MPNP is part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, which allows participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate an allotted number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from Manitoba through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, the first step is to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the MPNP, which is then scored based on the province’s unique points grid.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool of candidates.

The lowest score in the group that included Express Entry candidates was 564.

The MPNP said Express Entry candidates invited in the March 14 draw were also required to have:

  • a valid Express Entry ID and job-seeker validation code; and
  • at least six months of recent experience in a profession on the province’s In-Demand Occupations List.

Invitations were also issued to Skilled Workers Overseas candidates with the following:

  • a close relative in Manitoba or past education or work experience in the province;
  • at least six months of recent work experience in a profession on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List; and
  • a minimum language proficiency level in English or French of CLB/NCLC 5 unless the work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation, in which case the requirement is a minimum of CLB/NCLC 7. The minimum for a compulsory trade is CLB/NCLC 6.

Another 63 LAAs went to foreign skilled workers invited directly through an overseas Strategic Recruitment Initiative organized by the MPNP in association with employers in the province.

The lowest score among these candidates was 695.

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