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Manitoba Express Entry Pathway

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The Manitoba Express Entry Pathway is one of many immigration streams within the Skilled Workers Overseas Category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) run by the government of Manitoba.

The Skilled Workers Overseas Stream is geared towards foreign citizens who have active Express Entry profiles and the relevant skills and foreign work experience to benefit Manitoba’s labour market.

This federal Express Entry-aligned MPNP stream began accepting applications in January 2018. This pathway is accessible to applicants who can meet the Express Entry eligibility requirements and who currently possess an active and valid Express Entry profile, including candidates who are eligible under an MPNP Stream.

Candidates must also have the verified sponsorship of a close friend or family member who has resided in Manitoba for 12 months minimum.

Express Entry candidates who obtain a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned stream, also defined as an ‘enhanced’ nomination, are granted 600 extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, placing them in a strong position to obtain an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry Draw.

What are the minimum eligibility criteria?

Here’s a quick rundown of the minimum requirements for the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway:

CriteriaMinimum Requirement
Express EntryProvide a valid Express Entry ID and Job Seeker Validation Code to verify admission into the Express Entry pool.
Work ExperienceAt least six months of work experience in an occupation that matches a job in the In-Demand Occupations list is required, as is the submission of a full Career Plan.
Language ProficiencyCLB 7 is the minimum official language competency for NOC 0 or A, whereas CLB 6 is the minimum for NOC B.

Finished at least one year of postsecondary education or a Canadian equivalent


Candidates must apply to the regulatory authority to have their credentials and abilities appraised and/or pass a test if the post requires a license or certification.

AgeCandidates must be at least 18 years of age by the time they submit their application.
AdaptabilityShow the capacity and intention to become economically settled and live in Manitoba, as well as the verified assistance of a close friend or family who has lived in Manitoba for a minimum of 1 year OR has a valid Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP.
Settlement FundsApplicants must be able to demonstrate that they have liquid funds matching the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) standards for independent financial resources for a six-month period.

How do I start the application process?

The following steps are involved in acquiring Canadian permanent residency through the Express Entry Pathway:

1. Evaluate your eligibility using the details and information above. Eligible individuals must get at least 60 points (out of a possible 100) on the Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas points grid.
2. If you are qualified, you may register a profile in Manitoba’s skilled worker Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
3. Under Manitoba’s particular rating system for skilled employees, candidates are granted a score out of 1,000 based on a variety of qualifications.
4. Manitoba immigration officials will hold a draw on a regular basis to invite the highest-ranked individuals to file for a provincial nomination.
5. Those who have been invited may seek an ‘enhanced’ provincial nomination under the MPNP. Enhanced nominations are consistent with the federal Express Entry system, in which successful candidates earn 600 more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
6. Following the posting of the nomination to the Express Entry profile, an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence will be given at a later Express Entry draw.
7. Top candidates may now apply to the federal government for permanent residence status, with most instances taking six months or less to finalize.

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