Express Entry is the main way Canada manages skilled worker applications. It is possible to receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly. Such invitations are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In addition, you can enter the Express Entry pool and then receive an invitation from a province such as Manitoba.
To enter the Express Entry pool, you need to meet the requirements of one of the three Express Entry programs. You are then ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that takes into consideration factors like your age, work experience, education, and language skills.
The highest-scoring candidates receive invitations to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.
You gain an additional 600 CRS points if you receive a provincial nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This effectively guarantees you will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
About the MPNP
If you want to benefit from a provincial nomination from Manitoba, you need to register an Expression of Interest with the MPNP. This enables you to potentially receive an LAA through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.
Manitoba then ranks candidates out of 1,000 points for their human capital factors as well as their connections to the province.
The Skilled Workers Overseas Category and Skilled Workers in Manitoba streams are designed to allow the province to identify candidates who meet its labour market needs.
Candidates overseas need to demonstrate connections to Manitoba through the likes of close family ties, previous experience in Manitoba, or an invitation through one of Manitoba’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives. You do not need to be living in Manitoba at the time of your application to be eligible.
In order to receive an invitation under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, you need to have a full-time job offer from a provincial employer.
International graduates who complete education in Manitoba can receive an LAA under the International Education Stream if they demonstrate that they have in-demand skills.