On March 28, 2019, Manitoba held its seventh Expression of Interest draw inviting about 595 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residents of Canada.
The invitations focused on applicants in the International Education streams, Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)’s Skilled Worker Overseas and Skilled Worker in Manitoba.
The recent invitations brought the total issued by the MPNP through these streams so far this year to 3,199.
Those invited candidates of the March 28 draw had an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile registered with the MPNP. Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile is the first important step in order to be considered for an invitation from Manitoba through the Skilled Worker Overseas and Skilled Worker in Manitoba streams and most routes under the International Education Stream.
EOI profiles are allotted points based on factors that include work experience, language proficiency, education and established ties to Manitoba and the highest-ranked candidates are given a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) through regular invitation rounds.
An unstated number of candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system was among a group of 260 Skilled Workers Overseas candidates who received a Letter of Advice to Apply in the March 28 draw.
The EE candidates who received a Letter of Advice to Apply needed to have a valid Express Entry ID and job-seeker validation code and a minimum of six months of recent work experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupations List.
Applicants who applied for and got a provincial invitation are allotted an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry ranking score, effectively assuring an invitation to apply for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry Draw.
Another subcategory of Skilled Workers Overseas applicants who received invitations on March 28 had the following credentials:
- a close relative living in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
- a minimum six months of recent experience in a profession on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and
- minimum language proficiency in French or English of CLB/NCLC 5 except the work experience is mainly in a regulated profession, in which case the language requirement is a minimum of CLB/NCLC 7, or a compulsory trade, in which case the candidate must possess a minimum is CLB/NCLC 6.
The lowest-ranked candidate under this group of Skilled Workers Overseas applicants had an EOI score of 563.
Another 29 Skilled Worker Overseas candidates were given Letter of Advice to Apply through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative in the March 28 draw. These initiatives included overseas recruitment missions conducted by the MPNP in collaboration with Manitoba businesses.
The lowest-ranked candidate among this group had an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 719.