In the February 12 MPNP draw, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issued Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to 296 skilled workers and international graduates through three immigration streams:
- Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 240 LAAs with a score of at least 514 points
- International Education Stream – 33 LAAs (no EOI score requirement provided)
- Skilled Workers Overseas – 23 LAAs with a score of at least 676 points
Of the 296 LAAs issued in the February 12 MPNP draw, 20 were issued to candidates who have valid profiles in the federal Express Entry system , job seeker validation code and verifiable experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list.
About MPNP Programs
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) seeks recent graduates, skilled workers, businesspeople and their families with the intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as Canadian permanent residents.
Anyone interested in applying to the MPNP must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). An Expression of Interest is not an application but an online profile. Your profile will be entered into a pool of all eligible candidates and be valid for one year. You will receive EOI Ranking Points based on the answers you provide. The MPNP issues LAA to the highest-scoring candidates in the pool to submit a full application to the MPNP on a regular basis. You must receive a LAA in order to be able to submit an application for PR nomination under the MPNP.
- Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) issuance
- see each MPNP stream for the criteria for LAA issuance
- MPNP application submission
- see each MPNP stream for the procedure for applying to MPNP after receiving an LAA
All candidates must answer all EOI questions accurately and completely. If your situation changes, you must update your profile. If you provide false or misleading information in your EOI, it may be considered misrepresentation and you may be subject to a ban which would prevent you from submitting another EOI for two years. Create an EOI.
The Federal Express Entry System
Candidates who have created a profile in the federal Express Entry system AND have also applied for and received a nomination from MPNP, are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score at the federal level, on top of the points that they have in the federal Express Entry pool. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will also receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence under the federal Express Entry system.
The Canadian federal government and the provincial and territorial governments regularly draws candidates from the federal Express Entry pool to issue Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence, based on the particular needs and shortages in the country or provinces.
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks. Nomination under a provincial program like MPNP gives a candidate in the federal Express Entry pool and additional 600 points which effectively guarantees that they will be invited to apply for PR.