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Monday, June 14, 2010


Successful applicants and holders of a Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program visa become permanent residents of Canada. Permanent resident are entitled to live, work and study in Canada on a permanent basis.

Additional benefits of Canadian permanent residence includes access to government-subsidised education and state of the art healthcare (Medicare), as well as unrestricted access to Canada's labour market and associated insurance and pension benefits. Permanent residents also have the ability to apply for Canadian citizenship and opportunity to sponsor family members to join them in Canada.


The Canadian Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is a government immigration program that selects skilled workers who demonstrate they have the potential and the desire to immigrate and settle themselves and their families in the dynamic Canadian province of Manitoba.

In summary, the MPNP accepts applications from skilled workers who can make a positive contribution to Manitoba's distinctive economy and society as permanent residents. Provincial Nominees also enjoy priority processing of their applications for permanent residence by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC).

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) includes various streams which include the General Stream, the Employer Direct Stream and the Strategic Initiative Stream.

To be eligible for nomination under the MPNP, applicants must; have legal status in the country where they are living, be able to provide proof that they possess the required training, work experience and language ability to find employment in their intended occupation in Manitoba; have the required settlement funds to cover the relevant immigration fees, travel expenses to Manitoba, support themselves and their dependents while they are looking for employment and ensure the applicant's successful settlement in Manitoba.

Under the General Stream, successful nominees must possess either; a close relative in Manitoba who has signed an Affidavit of Support (MAS); or two friends or distant relatives in Manitoba who have each signed an affidavit of support; or have completed education in Manitoba or have previous work experience in Manitoba (six months minimum).

Under the Employer Direct Stream, suitable nominees must have an offer of a long-term, full-time job in Manitoba, have a work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) and be currently working(for at least 6 months) for the Manitoba employer offering a permanent full-time position.

Under the Strategic Initiatives Stream, an applicant may be eligible if they have either; participated in an exploratory visit to Manitoba, had an interview with a MPNP officer, received a letter of invitation to apply as part of a MPNP targeted overseas promotional initiative, or have the support of an ethnic or cultural community organization in Manitoba that will help them arrange an exploratory visit that has been pre-approved through the program.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has set specific basic requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a Federal Skilled Worker visa.

To qualify for skilled migration, applicants must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to an applicant's health and character. In addition, to qualify for a Federal Skilled Worker visa, applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

    * Possess an offer of arranged employment in Canada; OR
    * Be living legally in Canada as a foreign worker or student; OR
    * Have at least 1 year's work experience in a designated high-demand occupation.

In addition to meeting the basic visa requirements, applicants must also pass a points-based assessment. Points can be claimed in areas related to an applicant's age, English or French language ability, work experience, qualifications and ability to adapt to life in Canada. The current pass mark for the Federal Skilled Worker visa is 67 points.

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