It’s been a while since my last post… I have been thinking what could be a good topic for my next post (since January).
A month ago, a friend of mine sent me a private message in Facebook and ask me how can she apply as a provincial nominee and what are the requirements in applying. A week after that, a cousin of mine also asked me about applying as an immigrant, then, just last week my hubby’s cousin asked the same question to him (which he asked me to answer for him) and last night a very close family friend phoned us asking for the same information.
In all these occasions, I directed them to search Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration website or Manitoba’s own website. However, because they know that I once went through this application process, some will still come back to me and ask questions relating to this. And this is where I got the idea of just putting this information here in my blog site.
Government of Manitoba’s website describes MPNP – Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program as an economic program that selects skilled immigrants and their families to move to Manitoba and share in the prosperity of the province’s communities. MPNP is not a sponsorship program.
MPNP accepts immigration applications skilled workers and their families who have the documented intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as permanent residents. Nomination by the MPNP enables the applicant to apply for a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa – with expedited processing.
There are 2 paths to Manitoba
- Working in Manitoba: Applications are accepted from temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who have been working full-time for at least six months and whose employer has offered a full-time, long-term job.
- Skilled Workers Overseas: Applications are accepted from skilled workers who can be assessed sufficient points for employability and adaptability based on five factors – age, English proficiency, work experience, education and Connection to Manitoba.
If you are interested to apply as a provincial nominee as skilled workers overseas and you would like to see if you meet the eligibility requirements and you can establish your connections to Manitoba, I suggest that you complete the self-assessment survey – Come to Manitoba, Canada Tool . If you got a score of 60 points or higher, you are qualified to apply to MPNP. (You may also use the MPNP Self-Assessment Worksheet to determine your eligibility).
Applying to become a Permanent Resident of Canada through MPNP is actually a two-step process. When you find yourself qualified, your first step is to submit you’re application to MPNP. The government of Manitoba will assess your application based on the documentation that you have submitted at the time of application. To qualify you should be able to demonstrate that you can satisfy the factors considered in selecting applicants: adaptability, employability, education, language proficiency and connection to Manitoba (I will try to discuss these factors in my future post.) If found qualified and your application for MPNP was approved, Manitoba will nominate you for Canadian permanent resident status.
Now that you are considered a “nominee”, you are ready to proceed to the second step which is to apply for your Permanent Resident Visa. The final authority to issue your visa depends on the Government of Canada. Upon receiving your MPNP application approval, you will be instructed how to proceed with your visa application within the time specified by MPNP.
Starting September 2013, MPNP became 100% paperless and stopped accepting mail application forms, all applications should be submitted through MPNP Online and correspondences are sent and received via e-mail. MPNP Online is an interactive tool that you can access for FREE anywhere in the world, this secured and private website is hosted by the Government of Manitoba. You must have a valid email address in order to create an account. To submit an application, you will be required to provide information about yourself, your legal status in your home country and country of residence, your English proficiency, your education, and your employment history. You will then need to upload scanned documents as support or proof of the information you provided. I suggest that you ensure that you have gather the following documents before you start with your online application:
- identification for yourself and dependants including your birth certificate and your family member’s birth certificate, marriage certificate or certificate of no marriage (whichever is applicable)
- travel documents (passport)
- education (transcript, diploma) and employment documents (certificate of employment, professional or trade certificate)
- document proving familial relationship if you declared a relative as your connections to Manitoba.Please note that the preferred document format is in PDF (portable document format) or JPEG which size is not larger than 2 MB.Part of the MPNP Online is the submission of Settlement Plan. All applicants – whether you are overseas or are currently working in Manitoba – are required to submit a Settlement Plan. This document is your opportunity to explain how you will achieve your short and long-term settlement and employment goals, such as becoming licensed to work in an occupation that is regulated in Manitoba. MPNP applicants who declared Connection to Manitoba through having a close relative or friend/distant relative (considered as the Manitoba Supporter) will be required to submit Settlement Plan Part 2. MPNP Online automatically sends this request to the person you declared as your Manitoba Supporter. The Manitoba Supporter should complete the settlement plan (part 2) and must explain how he/she will help the applicant achieve the goals that the applicant has stated in his settlement plan.All MPNP correspondences are by e-mail, the applicant and the Manitoba Supporter must ensure that MPNP has their most current e-mail address. Any update regarding an applicant’s update should then be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, in contacting MPNP the applicant must ensure that he/she indicates his/her full name, file number (if applicable) and both the applicant’s new address and the address the he/she previously provided.The information provided in this site are the information available in the MPNP official website at the time of writing this post. Information or rules regarding MPNP application may change in the future, I encourage you to visit http://www.immigratemanitoba.com from time to time for a detailed and updated information and instructions. On my next post, I will provide more details on the documentary requirements that an MPNP applicant needs to complete in order to support his/her application.
Sources: Immigrate Manitoba: Immigration works in Manitoba