Under their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are able to nominate individuals to reside in the province/territory as permanent residents in order to meet their economic needs.
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, which 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. Manitoba ranks candidates out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors, as well as their connections to the province. The MPNP issues LAA to the highest-scoring candidates in the pool to submit a full application for nomination.
You must receive a LAA in order to be able to submit an application for PR nomination under the MPNP.
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. You may be subject to a ban which would prevent you from submitting another EOI for two years. Create an EOI.
MPNP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations to candidates who have registered a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. Rather a nomination effectively means the province is guaranteeing that the federal government will issue you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in one of its Express Entry draws.
The federal Express Entry is the main system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
Candidates who receive a PNP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. This is why candidates with lower CRS scores often seek a PNP nomination because the extra 600 points is more than enough to guarantee an invitation in any Express Entry draw.
The minimum score for an Express Entry PNP draw is typically in the mid 700s and up, compared to other Express Entry program scores which range in the high 400s. This is because PNP candidates automatically get 600 points just for receiving the provincial nomination. This means they need only score in the 100s for core human capital in order to be invited to apply for permanent residency.
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 other candidates ranked. 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 permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks.
Your 600 points from the provincial nomination gives you 50% of the maximum,1200 CRS points available in any Express Entry draw. Virtually all nominated candidates find it easy to acquire the remaining points for a draw’s cut-off score from their core human capital.
IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.