Expression of Interest
Before applying to Manitoba through their PNP, an applicant must first submit an Expression of Interest to Manitoba. The Expression of Interest form will determine the strength of your application through a point system, and those with the strongest applications will be chosen to submit a full application for a nomination.
International skilled workers with a connection to Manitoba stream
A foreign national working in any occupation may apply for this stream. However, this stream may only be used by foreign nationals that have a connection to the province of Manitoba. Meaning, a family friend or relative that is a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen living in Manitoba must be willing to sign an agreement to be the applicant’s guarantor. Applicants are also evaluated through a point system. Those that can satisfy both requirements, accumulating enough points on the evaluation and having a connection to the province, may receive a nomination. Once a nomination is received, an application for permanent residence can be made. The applicant will receive their permanent residence on the condition that they pass a medical examination, background checks and security checks.
An applicant must show that they have a realistic settlement plan as well. The settlement should demonstrate the applicant’s adaptability and employability. The following should be in the settlement plan:
- Reason for choosing Manitoba as immigration destination
- Plan for settling in specific destination community
- Type and strength of connection to Manitoba
- Steps to ensure immediate and long-term employment in Manitoba
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program suggests that all applicants have at $10,000 plus $2,000 for each accompanying dependent as settlement funds before applying.
An applicant will be evaluated on certain factors through a point system to check if the applicant meets Manitoba’s standards. Applicants that reach the minimum point threshold will very likely be nominated for permanent residence. Of course, this is only if they meet the other requirements as well. The factors evaluated are:
- Work experience
- Language proficiency
The person connecting the applicant to Manitoba must have the following requirements to be eligible as a sponsor:
- Must be established in Manitoba and have been living in the province continuously for at least 1 year
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Must be able to demonstrate close ties to the applicant and Manitoba
- Must be able to demonstrate that any applications they previously supported resulted in successful, permanent economic establishment in Manitoba
- Must be able to support the applicant’s settlement plan
Manitoba employment stream
This stream is geared toward temporary foreign workers and international graduates who have received a full-time paid employment offer in Manitoba. Prior to applying, the applicant must have worked for the employer for 6 months. Foreign nationals using this stream are not evaluated through a point system, but will require a language proficiency of CLB 4. Once a nomination is received, an application for permanent residence can be made. The applicant will receive their permanent residence on the condition that they pass a medical examination, background checks and security checks.
Entrepreneurs and Investors stream
The key element in the assessment of an application through the Entrepreneurs and Investors stream is the ability to carry out a business project, or the steps taken to acquire a business or farm in Manitoba. To be eligible for this stream, an applicant must either have a plan to start his/her own business or farm in Manitoba, or plan to acquire and build on an already existing business or farm in Manitoba. The applicant must have the following:
- Net assets, alone or with your spouse, of at least $350,000 Canadian that were obtained legally
- A minimum three years of successful business ownership and management experience or a minimum three years of executive-level experience as senior manager of a business
- A minimum of 60 points in the selection criteria
Must sign a deposit agreement, and make a deposit of $100,000. The deposit will be returned once the deposit agreement has been fulfilled. The applicant may also require an interview and/or an exploratory visit to Manitoba before a nomination is given.
An applicant will be evaluated on certain factors through a point system to check if the applicant meets Manitoba’s standards. Applicants that reach the minimum point threshold and have the other requirements for the program will likely receive a nomination for permanent residence. The factors being evaluated are:
- Business knowledge
- Business experience
- Net worth
- Proficiency in English and/or French
- Enhanced settlement factors
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program does not charge a fee for the processing of nomination applications. However, all applicants will still have to pay the federal fees for processing.
Once the applicant receives their nomination, he/she will then apply for permanent residence. The processing fees that need to be submitted along with an application for permanent residence are:
- Principal applicant – $550
- A family member of the principal applicant who is 19 years of age or older, or is less than 19 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner – $550
- A family member of the principal applicant who is less than 19 years of age and is not a spouse or common-law partner – $150
Once an applicant is approved for permanent residence, the applicant will be required to pay the Right of Permanent Residence Fee:
- Principal applicant – $490
- Spouse or de facto spouse – $490
- Each dependent child – $0