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Manitoba’s Express Entry Pathway and Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba’s Express Entry Pathway and Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba off to a great start for 2018 with its Express Entry Pathway and Provincial Nominee Program

The province of Manitoba is off to a wonderful start for 2018 with their new Express Entry pathway as well as their existing provincial nominee program. Manitoba is trying its best to invite eligible candidates in order to meet their provincial labour market needs and to make their economy stronger. So far, based on the January 11 draw, the new Express Entry pathway has invited approximately 155 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. In order to better understand how candidates are chosen, in this article, I will address more information pertaining to the new Express Entry pathway and how it affects Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program for future candidates.

Requirements for the New Express Entry Pathway

In order to be a qualified and eligible candidate under the Express Entry pathway in the province of Manitoba, you must have a registered profile in Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool as well as the federal Express Entry pool. In addition to this requirement, you must also have a minimum of 6 months of recent work experience in an eligible occupation in Manitoba’s new In-Demand Occupation list. According to the province of Manitoba, the new Express Entry pathway is meant for eligible candidates who acquire human capital values. Additionally, you must also have the confirmed support in the form of a written letter from a close friend or family member who also resides in the province of Manitoba for a minimum of one year.

Examples of the In-Demand Occupation List

Business, Finance, and Administration Occupations

0111 – Financial Managers

0112 – Human Resources Managers

1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting

Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations

0211 – Engineering Managers

0212 – Architecture and Science Managers

2232 – Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Health Occupations

0311 – Managers in Health Care

3142 – Physiotherapists

3215 – Medical Radiation Technologists

Occupations in Social Science, Education, Government Service and Religion

0423 – Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services

4161 – Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers

4212 – Social and Community Service Workers

Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

0513 – Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors

5225 – Audio and Video Recording Technicians

5243 – Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers

Sales and Service Occupations

0601 – Corporate Sales Managers

0621 – Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers

6235 – Financial Sales Representatives

Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations

0711 – Construction Managers

7231 – Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors

7282 – Concrete Finishers

Occupations Unique to Primary Industry

0821 – Managers in Agriculture

Occupations Unique to Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities

0911 – Manufacturing Managers

0912 – Utilities Managers

9241 – Power Engineers and Power Systems Operators

Manitoba Now One of Eight Provinces to have an Express Entry Pathway

The implementation of the new Express Entry pathway, as well as the new In-Demand Occupation List, was part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) that was revealed in November of 2017. Now, the province of Manitoba is included in the eight provinces that currently have an Express Entry pathway. Keep in mind, the Express Entry pathway is aligned with the Provincial Nominee Program that each province has. It is also important to mention that most of them do not require a family member to be living in the province.

Other Options in the Provincial Nominee Program

With the 155 candidates that were invited to apply under the new Express Entry pathway, there are many other candidates that were invited to apply under different programs in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Just to put things into perspective, the lowest-ranked candidate that was invited to apply under the new Express Entry pathway scored 560. Another 191 candidates were then invited to apply under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba pathway and the lowest-ranked candidate that was invited to apply scored 647. The same score was given to the lowest-ranked candidate that was invited to apply under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream.

There were approximately 143 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) issued to qualified and skilled workers that are currently living outside of Manitoba who met the following criteria:

  • Having a family member that lives in Manitoba;
  • Having a past education or previous work experience in Manitoba;
  • A minimum of 6 months of recent work experience in an occupation listed in the new In-Demand Occupations list; and,
  • A minimum language ability of CLB 5 (unless work experience is in a regulated occupation, then the minimum CLB would be 7 or a compulsory trade which would be a minimum of CLB 6)

Contact Akrami & Associates

If you believe that you are a qualified and skilled foreign worker and want to become an eligible candidate under the new Express Entry pathway, we can help you with this process. If you have skilled work experience and meet all of the eligibility requirements, we suggest you research what National Occupation Classification (NOC) you qualify under. Furthermore, any Immigration application can become overwhelming if done alone, especially if you intend on applying under the Express Entry pathway as there several different components that you must consider when applying. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to apply. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients receive permanent residency through Express Entry pathway. If you believe that you might be eligible for permanent residency in Canada under the Express Entry system, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at our office at 416-477-2545 for more information or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice.

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