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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

People from your country and around the world choose to immigrate to the Canadian province of Manitoba. Our strong economy, beautiful land and friendly people give opportunities for better jobs and richer family life.Under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you may qualify under one of the following categories:

Priority Assessment Category
Employer Direct
International Student
Skilled Workers Overseas Category
Business Immigration
Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative

Manitoba Business Nominee Program-Business

The Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada have also developed a Nominee Program for Business Immigrants. Applicants to the MPNP for Business Immigrants must meet certain criteria as outlined below:
To qualify for the MPNP-B, interested applicants must:
* Have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CDN$350,000;
* Have 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; and
* Score a minimum of 60 points in the Adaptability Assessment Matrix.
The applicant must also be prepared to:
* Attend an interview with a MPNP-B officer;
* Make an Eligible Business Investment in Manitoba; and
* Reside in Manitoba along with his/her dependent family members.

The applicant may have to:

* Conduct an Exploratory Visit to Manitoba. The applicant must provide a visit report and other documents to demonstrate the research conducted during this visit (please see details on page 14); and
* Provide the results of a language competency test to demonstrate language proficiency.

The Government of Manitoba has announced a number of changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (PNP-B). These changes are effective immediately. They concern the following programs and procedures:

General Changes:

Applicants no longer need to submit an Exploratory Visit Application Form. Instead, applicants may now submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the program. The EOI will be put in a pool and assessed based on a points system.

Successful applicants will be chosen from amongst those who have submitted an EOI. Submission of an EOI is free, and applicants will remain in the pool for up to one year of submitting.

Applications to the program will only be accepted from individuals who submitted an EOI and were subsequently invited by the PNP-B to apply.

PNP-B applicants are no longer required to make an exploratory visit to Manitoba, though a visit is still strongly recommended.

Good-Faith Deposit and Processing Fees:

The required good-faith deposit has been raised from $75,000 to $100,000.

A non-refundable application processing fee of $2,500 is now required of new applications.

All individuals invited from the EOI pool to submit an application must pay the $2,500 fee. Upon application approval, the good-faith deposit must be paid.

Current Applicants:

Effective immediately, the PNP-B will no longer issue letters of invitation for exploratory visits to Manitoba.

Individuals who have already received a letter of invitation may continue their application. However, they must use new application forms and comply with new documentation requirements. It is requested that they contact the program immediately, via email, to make necessary arrangements for an exploratory visit and interview.

Individuals who have submitted an Exploratory Visit Application form but have not yet received a letter of invitation may participate in the EOI pool on a priority basis.

No new EOI submissions will be accepted until processing of priority EOI submissions (from individuals who submitted Exploratory Visit Applications) has been completed. Applicants who have completed an exploratory visit and have been interviewed by a Program Officer within the past nine months may submit their applications within 90 days of the official announcement (made on Friday, August 2nd). They will be assessed based on previous requirements.

Applicants who have already submitted their application are not affected by this announcement.

Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative

Qualified farm business people may come to Manitoba through this program to start or purchase a farm. Formerly known as the 'Young Farmer Nominee Program', further information on this initiative is forthcoming.

Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative:

The Young Farmer Nominee Program is now called the Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative, and new regulations have been put in place to attract the most qualified farming candidates.

Applicants applying to this initiative are not required to submit an EOI.

Applicants must use new application forms and follow new documentation requirements.

An exploratory visit to Manitoba for a minimum of 5 full days is required. Both an exploratory visit and interview by a Program Officer must be completed before submission of an application.

Applicants must pay the new $2,500 application fee.

The good-faith deposit for this initiative is $75,000.

Current Farming Applicants:

Applicants who have already completed an exploratory visit and interview within the last nine months may submit an application within 90 days of the official announcement (made on Monday, August 5th). They must use new application forms and meet new documentation requirements.

Applicants who have already received a letter of invitation to make an exploratory visit may do so. However, they must use new application forms and meet new documentation requirements. Program administrators request that individuals in this position contact the program via email as soon as possible to make further arrangements.

Applicants who have received a letter of invitation for an exploratory visit or have already conducted their visit, and who have already submitted a complete application will not be subject to changes.

Priority Assessment Category

This category is for applicants who have been working full-time in Manitoba for at least six months and have received a full-time, long-term job offer from their employer. There are two streams under this category:

Employer Direct

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will settle permanently in Manitoba. They must have been working in Manitoba on a Temporary Work Permit for at least 6 months and have a permanent job offer from that employer. It is required that the employer:

Has been unable to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
Is offering full time, permanent position; and
Offers compensation consistent with regional wages and existing collective bargaining agreements.

International Student

For this category, applicants must:

- Have graduated from a post-secondary program in Manitoba of at least one academic year in length;
- Have successfully applied for a post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada; and
- Be currently working in Manitoba and have received a full-time, permanent employment offer from their employer.

Skilled Workers Overseas Category

This category is for skilled workers who demonstrate a connection to Manitoba and score sufficient points based on their age, English proficiency, work experience, education, and the nature of their connection to the province. Your connection to Manitoba must be one of the following:

- Proof of a close family member in Manitoba;
- One Affidavit of Support from a distant relative or close friend in Manitoba;
- Evidence of a completed education program in Manitoba (non-language training) or;
- Proof of at least six months previous full-time work in Manitoba