Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry-aligned program has invited 155 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in it’s first-ever draw.

On Thursday, January 11, the first draw saw the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issue 155 Letters of Advice to Apply, or LAAs, to eligible candidates through the Manitoba Express Entry Program. In order to receive a LAA through this program, candidates needed a score of at least 565 under the province’s Expression of Interest system.

The Express Entry Pathway draw was one of three categories featured in the MPNP January 11 draw.  An additional 17 skilled workers were invited under the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream.

The province also invited 119 candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream to apply, with the lowest ranked candidate invited at a score of 520.

Express Entry Program requirements

To be considered for this program, candidates must have a valid profile in both Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool and the federal Express Entry pool. They also need at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s new In-Demand Occupation list.

Manitoba says the Express Entry Program is for candidates who show high human capital values i.e. work experience, language proficiency etc. Candidates must also have the confirmed support of a close friend or relative who has been a resident of Manitoba for at least one year.

Candidates having these above factors have a higher chance of having a good score for Manitoba to issue a LAA (Letter of Advice to Apply).

Eight provinces now have an Express Entry stream

Manitoba is now one of the eight Canadian provinces that are now part of the Express Entry system many of which do not need a family connection to the province. The reforms of November 15 overhauled the immigration system of Manitoba and led to creation of Express Entry Pathway and Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupation List.

Federal Express Entry candidates applying In Express Entry System aligned Provincial Nominee Program provides an extra 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System score due to which they have a higher chances to get an Invitation to Apply in the coming round.

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