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For decades, foreign nationals immigrating to the Canadian province of Manitoba have been following the standard procedures in applying for work visas. Thanks to the Provincial Nominee Program, Manitoba is quickly responding to the provincial economic demands.
Under one of the new and most distinctive immigration programs, Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), the province is attracting more skilled and talented applicants. People who were nominated by the Manitoba province will benefit from the speedy disposition of their respective immigration and visa applications.
If you are thinking of moving to Manitoba and you meet the criteria of at least one of the categories in the program, you may be able to travel to Canada way earlier than the applicants going through the normal immigration process.
Successful applicants will receive a Manitoba Nomination Certificate, which will speed-up the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa application process. Under the Manitoba Nominee Program (PNP), you may qualify under one of four streams:
Employer Direct Stream
Must have been working in Manitoba on a temporary work permit for at least 6 months and have a permanent job offer from that employer
Must show that the employer has been unable to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
Must show that the employer is offering full time and permanent position and compensation consistent with regional wages
Regular International Student Stream
Must have graduated from a post-secondary program in Manitoba of at least one year in length
Must have been working for the employer for at least six months on a valid post-graduation work permit
Has an offer of a long-term, full-time job from the employer
International Student Strategic Initiative
Must have graduated from a post-secondary program in Manitoba of at least two years in length
Have registered for MB Immigration’s employment readiness program.
Must have an Affidavit of Support from a close relatives living in Manitoba (a parent, child, sibling, cousin, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle, or grandparent)
Applicant must be between the ages of 21 and 49;
have completed post-secondary education of at least one academic year and received a diploma or certificate;
have at least two years of full-time work experience within the past five years;
have enough English or French language skills; and
demonstrate adaptability (i.e. connection to MB, employability, settlement funds).
Points are awarded for age, education, work experience, language ability and adaptability
Proof of a close family member in Manitoba
Two friends or distant relative in MB who have each signed an affidavit of support;
Completed education in MB (non-language training)
Previous work experience in MB for at least six months
Must have previously visited Manitoba and have intent to establish a business in the province
Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN $350,000;
Make a minimum equity investment in MB of CDN $150,000;
Demonstrate at least 3 years of business experience;
Supply a CDN $75,000 deposit to MB guaranteeing the establishment or purchase of a business in MB w/in 2 years of obtaining a Permanent Resident Visa.
Must have a visit to Manitoba for at least 7 days prior to the application and wish to enter into farming ventures in Manitoba
Have a minimum personal net worth of CDN $150,000;
Make a minimum equity investment of CDN $150,000 in MB;
Have a minimum of 3 years of farm ownership/management experience; and
Principal applicant must be under 40 years of age.
While the procedures for applying for a Manitoba PNP may seem uncomplicated, some applicants apply without seeking any help from an immigration lawyer, thinking that they can “do it themselves”.
For Manitoba PNPs, there is a higher risk of refusal in cases where the application is not properly prepared. The standards are very high.
The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a PNP are complex and usually require legal expertise.
We have helped hundreds of individuals and their families successfully immigrate to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Our experienced immigration lawyers will be able to assess your case and recommend a course of action to best serve your needs.
The first step towards your Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program application is getting an assessment of your case. Fill out our free immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.
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