Citizenship and Immigration announcement: “ Starting July 1, 2012 – most Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants to semi- or low-skilled professions will need language testing. This test will show whether your skills meet a minimum standard in each of these four categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  This does not apply if you are a temporary foreign worker in a NOC C & D occupation, and who:

  • Enter Canada on or before July 1, 2012, and
  • Are nominated by an employer under the PNP streams by July 1, 2013.

 

Manitoba:

 

Short Biography based on Wikipedia: “Manitoba is a Canadian prairie province. The province, with an area of 649,950 square kilometers (250,900 sq mi), has a largely continental climate because of its flat topography. Agriculture, mostly concentrated in the fertile southern and western parts of the province, is vital to the province’s economy; other major industries are transportation, manufacturing, mining, forestry, energy, and tourism.

 

Manitoba’s capital and largest city, Winnipeg, is Canada’s eighth-largest Census Metropolitan Area, and home to 60 percent of the population of the province. Winnipeg is the seat of government, home to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and the highest court in the jurisdiction, the Manitoba Court of Appeal. Four of the province’s five universities, all four of its professional sports teams, and most of its cultural activities are located in Winnipeg.

Fur traders first arrived during the late 17th century. Manitoba became a province of Canada in 1870 after the Red River Rebellion. A general strike took place in Winnipeg in 1919, and the province was hit hard by the Great Depression. This led to the creation of what would become the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, one of the province’s major political parties and currently in power, led by Premier Greg Selinger.”

 

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program OR MPNP

There are several ways to immigrate to the Canadian province of Manitoba under MPNP category. Applicant could apply under Skilled worker category or Business. The process begins by applying directly to the Government of Manitoba. Then MPNP will provide you with Nominee certificate which helps you to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for Permanent Resident status. Manitoba’s Immigrant nominee program has four main categories;

 

  1. Valid Job offer: You have been working for at least six months in Manitoba as a temporary foreign worker (with a valid temporary work permit) and your employer has offered you a full-time, long-term job
  2. International Student: As an International Student in Manitoba you have been working for at least six months (with a valid post-graduation work permit) and your employer has offered you full-time employment.
  3. Strategic Initiative: You have been invited to apply under a Strategic Initiative.
  4. Skilled worker with Family connection: You are a skilled worker with a strong connection to Manitoba through having family who live in the province, and you meet the following five factors.

 

There are four main factors to be considered by Manitoba Provincial Nominee officer in order to determine that applicant meets the requirement in any provincial nominee category:  “ The information provide below is quoted from MPNP website:

 

  • Job skills and experience – skilled individuals of working age with recent experience as well as the training and the adaptability to meet employment qualification requirements and the competitive demands of Manitoba’s evolving workplace
  • Intention to settle in Manitoba – as the MPNP selects skilled workers and entrepreneurs who plan to remain as permanent residents, successful applicants must demonstrate that they have a strong connection to the province through family, friends, employment or education in Manitoba, and have a plan for establishing their work and family life in our province
  • Preparing for success - pre-arrival planning – successful immigrants are those who take charge of planning in advance (before you move) for how to establish their careers and their families in Manitoba, including supporting themselves while getting established
  • Language proficiency - critical to success is having English language skills strong enough to communicate effectively at the workplace – whether it’s in a hospital, a business office or on a construction site”