Manitoba launches International Education Stream, exclusively for STEM student

Posted on January 8, 2018

The popular province of Canada, Manitoba is launching a new scheme that will exclusively benefit the students of STEM subjects. The new scheme named International Education Stream will be a pathway of immediate permanent residency for students who have completed their education in Manitoba. This scheme has been defined as “generous” for its quality of no-job offer (Masters or higher) requirement while applying for Canadian permanent residency.

According to sources, this program is a look-alike to Nova Scotia’s “Stay in Scotia” campaign which aimed at giving easy route for international students to stay back in Canada after their education. The Assistant Deputy Minister of Immigration & Economic Opportunities in Manitoba, Ben Rempel says that the province is actually aiming exclusively the students who changed their study ambitions in order to improvise their chance to stay in the nation.  “Our goal is to say: we want you to study in the programs that are relevant and important for your career pathways, and we want you to find and be successful in an employment opportunity to use that training,” quotes Repel.

Students were choosing the quickest programs, not necessarily the ones that match their career interests, and they were staying in jobs that weren’t really advancing those career interests in order to qualify for a nomination,” he further added.

Though all provinces (except Alberta) have their own post-study programs to retain international students post their study in Canada, this Manitoba’s new scheme is expected to attract a huge number of international graduates. “This is the beginning; if we can find innovative and responsive, new pathways that meet the needs of specific sectors or industries, we would certainly do something.” says Rempel.

This scheme is expected to go live in April.

Who will qualify for the International Education Stream?

The Immigration to Manitoba official department site highlights the key areas of the IES scheme.

STEM students who have completed Masters or PhD degree (not older than 3 yrs) in Manitoba will be able to apply for permanent residency under IES as soon as their graduate. Also, international students taking up an internship or any similar will be eligible. However, candidates with only Bachelors degree have a constraint of application. They will need to have a study relevant job offer (in occupation that is most needed by province) to apply. Other important considerations are:

  • To reside Manitoba during application and continue residency after nomination in Manitoba
  • To prove sufficient settlement funds through Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) requirements (or) through full-time employment in long-term job in Manitoba
  • To prove English language proficiency by scoring CLB/NCLC 7 (or equivalent)
  • To include a submission of Career Employment Plan demonstrating opportunities for a successful career track in Manitoba