Supporting to the initiative of revamping and renewing the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for broadening pathways of permanent residency in province, Manitoba has come up with several changes to its Provincial Nominee Program.
These changes are applicable to three immigration streams MPNP-B business immigration stream, Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream and Skilled Worker Overseas Stream and a newly created International Education Stream.
One of the primary changes listed on the CICnews columns with respect to restricting of MPNP program is an introduction of a new in-demand occupations list. This list will be used to prioritize EOI for inviting candidates under the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream. Moreover, a new stream is soon going to be aligned with Canada Express Entry. This new stream would be divided into two pathways, namely- the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway and the Human Capital Pathway.
The Express Entry Pathway
It is believed that the Express Entry Pathway of Manitoba shall come into effect from January 2018. Through this stream, applicants who meet the criteria of Canada Express Entry and hold an active profile of EE will have a chance to receive Manitoba nomination. In this, candidates with min. six months of experience in an in-demand occupation, a valid ITA or a relation (close friend or relative) in Manitoba will have a higher priority for success.
The Human Capital Pathway
For international skilled workers with skills and training in any In-demand Occupations, and with a high potential for establishing themselves in their nominated occupation, Manitoba designed a specific stream- the Human Capital Pathway. To qualify for this stream, a candidate must have family connects in Manitoba or a previous post-secondary education/work experience gained from Manitoba in past 5 years.
Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream Changes:
This is a new stream for candidates who are working in Manitoba on temporary work permits and whose jobs are not listed on the In-demand Occupations list. This stream has two subdivisions, namely the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway and the Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway. The later is a benefit for international candidates with a job offer in hand from pre-approved Manitoba employers.
Manitoba Business Stream Changes:
The popular MPNP-B stream has now been renamed as the Business Investor Stream (BIS) and has been sub-divided into the Entrepreneur Pathway and the Farm Investor Pathway. The Business Investor Stream will give a high priority to candidates who have the capability to start their business in Manitoba (especially outside Winnipeg) within 12 months of their arrival.
It is being said that the Entrepreneur Pathway applicants would initially receive a temporary work permit and later must provide a deposit of $100,000. Upon doing so, they would get to sign a business performance agreement to either purchase an existing business or start a new one. Sources reveal that this new criteria would come into effect in the first quarter of yea 2018.
International Education Stream
Another streamed named the International Education Stream has been designed to provide a faster way for international students to get a provincial nomination. This nomination is only for students who are graduating in Manitoba and have skills that meet the requirements of employers in the province. It is stated that this stream will target students from backgrounds of science, engineering, mathematics, technology etc. and the ones who are completing internships (supporting industry innovation) in their area of study. Moreover, the Manitoba provincial government has declared that for graduates who have pursued education from Manitoba institutions and have found a long term job in any in-demand occupation, showing six months of work experience before applying is not mandatory.
Supporting this initiative, Manitoba’s Education and Training Minister, Ian Wishart quotes “the new International Education Stream will make it easier for international students with a Manitoba education to build their careers and settle here in the province.”