The province of Manitoba in Canada has made some changes for the skilled worker immigrants coming to the province. Skilled worker immigration candidates will no longer be penalized if they have a close relative in another province, but do not have any close relative in Manitoba.
Apart from this, candidates will not be penalized in case they have presented an application to a province except for Manitoba.
Under the Skilled Worker stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) some candidates get deducted points because of the certain risk assessment factors. Till now, the above mentioned factors had deducted 100 points of candidates for every risk assessment factor. Overall, a candidate may be able to get 1,000 points.
Originally there were four risk assessment factors. After the changes two will remain. These are:
- Studies in another province and
- Work experience in another province
After the changes come into effect, points will be deducted for only those candidates who have studied or worked in another province. Candidates will not be penalized just because they expressed their willingness to live in another province in Canada nor have close relatives in another province in Canada. A point to be remembered here is that such candidates should not have entered Canada.
Skilled Workers and MPNP
The skilled workers program under MPNP work on the basis of Invitation to Apply / Expression of Interest (EOI). In MPNP, they are also called by the name Letters of Advice to Apply, or LAA. An EOI can be made by eligible candidates under two categories: Skilled Workers in Manitoba, or Skilled Workers Overseas.
Candidates who submit an application for a nomination certificate receives a LAA during one of the periodic draws under MPNP. Once such a certificate is received, an application can be submitted by the candidate to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.
MPNP Skilled Workers in Manitoba
Applications are accepted from international student graduates and qualified foreign workers under this sub-category of the MPNP. Provided these candidates are presently working in Manitoba and have been given a job by an employer in the province. The eligibility of skilled workers in Manitoba is not determined on the basis of points.
MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas
Qualified skilled workers having strong connection with the province and the labor market but are from outside Canada fall under this sub-category of MPNP. Candidates are accessed through a point-based system on factors such as work experience, language proficiency, age, adaptability and education.