How to Apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
In addition to the federal immigration streams, Manitoba offers the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
There are different categories from which to be selected by this government immigration program. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program is looking for applicants who will make a positive contribution to Manitoba’s economy and society.
To be eligible for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, an applicant must:
- have education and training
- have work experience
- be proficient in either English or French
- have a connection to Manitoba, such as family or current employment
- be able to support themselves and their family financially
You would also need to provide evidence that you can afford the Government of Canada immigration fees and the travel expenses to Manitoba.
If you are currently outside of Canada, you must prove that you have legal status in the country where you are living. If you are currently living in Canada, you need to prove your current status as a visitor, student, or temporary worker.
There are different streams under which to apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
This is for skilled workers with a connection to Manitoba, such as a close relative or two friends or distant relatives who sign an Affidavit of Support. You would need to have completed education in Manitoba, and have six months minimum of previous work experience in Manitoba.
This is for visiting students that have graduated in Manitoba. Once you have completed a post-secondary program lasting at least eight months, you would need a post-graduate open work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In addition, you would need a long-term, full-time job offer in Manitoba, and to be currently working for that employer for at least six months.
This is for someone currently working in Manitoba with a temporary work permit. You would need to be at that job for at least six months, and you would need a long-term, full-time job offer from your employer.
If you have a close relative in Manitoba, they can sign an Affidavit of Support.
You would need to receive an invitation to apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, following an interview with a MPNP officer, either as part of a targeted promotion and recruitment initiative or after participating in a pre-approved exploratory visit to Manitoba.
The MPNP has two programs for immigrants interested in coming to Manitoba to conduct business. The Provincial Nominee Program for Business gives the province an opportunity to nominate qualified business people who will establish or purchase a business, or become partners in an existing business. The Young Farmer Nominee Program is an alternative opportunity for an immigrant who is interested in starting a farm, but does not qualify for the PNP for Business.
If your family members are eligible, they can be included in the application.
Eligible members include:
- your spouse, through marriage or common-law partnership
- children under the age of 18 whom you have legal custody
- adult children who are either under the age of 22 and not married or in a common-law relationship, over the age of 22 and financially dependent due to a physical or mental condition, or over the age of 22 and who are actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis
You can find the application forms here.
Although the Provincial Nominee Program is designed to expedite the process to immigrate to Canada, it does add an extra step. After you are successful in getting nominated, you still need to apply for permanent residence with the federal government. Taking both tasks into account can feel overwhelming, but experienced Canadian immigration lawyers can assist you to properly navigate both processes, so you don’t make any mistakes.
If you are interested in immigrating to Manitoba, consider the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program – the province might be interested in you!