MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas: Eligibility & Steps to Apply


MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas is exclusively for eligible foreign skilled workers who have a prior connection to the province of Manitoba. This connection can be in the form of support from friends and family, previous education, work experience, or a direct Invitation to Apply from MPNP through the provincial Strategic Recruitment. This article will list all the eligibility requirements of the Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas pathway and will provide a step-by-step guide to apply to the MPNP stream. 

Eligibility Requirements for Skilled Worker Overseas (SWO)

The first and the foremost eligibility requirement for MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas pathway is that you must have provincial connections. If you have no valid connection to Manitoba, you will be ineligible for the stream even if you meet every other criteria. Besides a provincial connection, you must also score at least 60 points during your application assessment. The eligibility requirements for SWO pathway are detailed below.

Requirement 1: Connection to Manitoba

This is the most important requirement for the Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas. A valid connection to Manitoba can be of three types and you must meet any one of the three listed below.

  1. Manitoba Support: You will meet this eligibility criteria if:
  • you have a friend or a relative who is either a Canadian permanent resident or a Canadian citizen settled in the province of Manitoba, and agrees to become your supporter.
  • Family members or close relatives include anyone related to you by blood or law. For example siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, and parents. Close relatives can become Manitoba Supporter for more than one foreign skilled worker if they can demonstrate their ability for the purpose.
  • If your Manitoba Supporter is a friend or a distant relative, they can only support one foreign skilled worker at a time throughout all Canada Immigration programs. 
  • Your friend or relative should review and endorse your employment and settlement plan in one of the communities of Manitoba. 
  • Additionally, they must also be able to prove that they are established in the province and have been living there for at least one year. They should have a valid Manitoba Health Card. 
  • Your Manitoba Supporter should not be a paid immigration representative or a Canadian official. Children cannot become Manitoba Supporters of parents. You will need to apply through the Family Sponsorship pathway.
  • You must provide complete contact details and address of your Manitoba Supporter and update it in case there are any changes. The MPNP must easily be able to contact your supporter.
  1. Manitoba Experience: You can apply as a Skilled Worker Overseas if you can demonstrate that you have a prior Manitoba Experience. This includes:
  • You were either a temporary skilled worker with a 6 months’ continuous and full-time work experience, or an international student who studied in Manitoba. 
  • If you were a temporary skilled worker in Manitoba, your employment must have been of at least six months. It should be continuous, full-time, and for a valid employer. You will need to submit a letter of reference on the company letterhead along with a copy of your work permit.
  • If you are an international student who studied in Manitoba you can be eligible for MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas. A valid course can be an authorized training program or degree completed in a public or private post-secondary academic institution in Manitoba. Language studies are not acceptable by the MPNP SWO pathway. 
  1. Manitoba Invitation: Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) regularly conducts recruitment missions for employers who can then select eligible and eligible skilled foreign workers and professionals who want to settle in Canada. In some cases, MPNP also arranges exploratory visits for eligible applicants to help them visit Manitoba and decide if they can be employed and settled in the province. You will be interviewed by an officer either during the recruitment mission or your exploratory visit. If your MPNP application gets an Invitation to Apply through Strategic Recruitment Initiatives, you must submit your invitation while submitting your MPNP application. To be eligible for participating in recruitment initiatives or exploratory visits you must:
  • Be in the age group of 21 years to 45 years
  • Demonstrate that you have no strong connection to other Canadian provinces
  • Prove your employability and adaptability according to MPNP eligibility requirements
  • Complete at least a one-year academic course in a post-secondary institution, and earn a degree, diploma or certificate.
  • Should have work experience of at least two years in the last five years.
  • Should be able to show that you are capable of finding employment in Manitoba
  • Must have at least CLB 5 in English or French proficiency tests.
  • Must show genuine interest and intention to permanently settle in Manitoba

Requirement 2: Score 60 points during application assessment

This should not be confused with the MPNP points calculator that scores your Expression of Interest out of 1000 points. After your EOI gets a Letter of Advice to Apply in the MPNP draw, you will need to submit a complete MPNP application with complete paperwork within 60 days. After submission, the application will be assessed and scored based on five factors of language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability. You must score at least 60 points out of 100, during this application assessment to become a provincial nominee through the Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas pathway. This assessment score is not applicable if you are applying through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream. You will get points only if you have submitted documents to claim the score.

MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas Assessment score

Scoring factors Points
Language Proficiency Test (not older than 2 years)-  Maximum score = 25 points
First language
CLB 8 or more20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
CLB 3 or lower00
Points for second language
CLB 5 or above05
Age : Maximum score = 10 points
18 years04
19 years06
20 years08
21-45 years10
46 years08
47 years06
48 years04
49 years02
50 years or above00
Work Experience : Maximum score = 15 points
Scoring factors Points
> 1 year00
One year08
Two years10
Three years12
Four years or more15
Education: Maximum score = 25 points
Master’s or doctoral degree25
2 post-secondary programs of minimum 2 years each23
1 post-secondary program of 2 years or more20
1 one-year post-secondary program14
Trade certificate14
No formal education00
Adaptability: Maximum score = 25 points
Close relative in Manitoba20
ITA through MPNP Strategic Recruitment Initiative20
Work Experience in Manitoba12
Education in Manitoba- post-secondary program of 2 or more years12
Education in Manitoba- post-secondary program of 1 or more years10
Friend or distant relative in Manitoba10
Regional Immigration05

How to Apply for MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas?

The main steps to apply for Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas include:

  • Create and submit an Expression of Interest or EOI
  • Get LAA or Letter of Advice in MPNP draw
  • Submit complete MPNP application and pay CAD $500 within 60 days
  • Your application will be assessed by an MPNP officer. You must score 60 out of 100 during this assessment
  • Become a provincial nominee through the MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas stream
  • Apply to IRCC for Canada PR within 6 months or 180 days of getting the provincial nomination certificate

Creating an Expression of Interest or EOI

This is the very first step in the Manitoba PNP application process. While creating your EOI, you will not need to submit any documents or fee. Your Expression of Interest will be valid for one year. You can create only one active EOI at a time. Based on the information about your age, language proficiency, education, work experience, adaptability, you will get an EOI score in the MPNP points calculator. The Manitoba PNP draws issue Letter of Advice to Apply to EOIs with a score equal to or greater than the cut-off. This is when you will need to submit a complete application and pay the fee.

Submitting an MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas application

Once you get a Letter of Advice to Apply in the MPNP draws, you must submit a complete application within 60 days and pay a non-refundable processing fee of CAD $500. This is the stage where you will need to submit complete paperwork to support the EOI points and get an assessment score against your Skilled Worker Overseas application. You must submit the following documents if they are applicable to your profile:

  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program accepts documents only in French and English. Your documentation must be in these languages. In case your paperwork is in another language, you must also submit a notorious translation along with the original documents.
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Residence permit and visas if your resident country is different from the country of citizenship
  • Marriage certificate/divorce certificate
  • Transcripts of academic programs
  • Degrees, certificates and diplomas
  • Employment documents on official letterhead including your job description, date of joining and resignation, number of hours worked/week and salary. 
  • Work permits
  • Study permits
  • Language proficiency test results that must not be older than 2 years
  • Settlement funds
  • Settlement plan and the form filled by the Manitoba Supporter

This is not an exhaustive list of documents. You might need more documents for your Skilled Worker Overseas application. All your paperwork must either be in .pdf or .jpg format. The files must not be larger than 2 MB. A CICC authorized representative will be the most reliable source to ensure that you submit a complete application and get processed faster.

Skilled Worker Overseas Application Assessment

Once you submit your application as a Skilled Worker Overseas, an officer will assess your application based on the paperwork and score it out of 100. You must score at least 60 points during the application assessment. MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas pathway requires foreign skilled workers who have prior connection to Manitoba. The officer will assess your case on the basis of employability, language proficiency, education, intention to settle in Manitoba, financial status, etc. They will verify if your paperwork is valid, updated and complete. In most cases, Manitoba PNP completes the assessment within six months. 

Becoming a Provincial Nominee through the MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas pathway

If your application is reviewed and approved, you will be sent a provincial nomination certificate. You will now become a provincial nominee. Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for Canada PR within 6 months or 180 days of getting nominated. If you have an Express Entry profile , you will get additional 600 points for provincial nomination in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points calculator. This will almost guarantee your ITA in the Express Entry draws.

Get CICC approved assistance for MPNP SWO pathway

Applying for the MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas pathways is a complicated process. It is very important to understand the requirements and preferences of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program that often go beyond the explicit eligibility criteria. A CICC licensed immigration practitioner can assess your case even before you submit an Expression of Interest. Once you hire a CICC authorized RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants), they will submit your EOI for you and ensure that you score the highest MPNP points possible. This will in turn increase your chances of getting LAA in Manitoba draws . Once you do, the immigration practitioner will also take care of submitting a complete, verifiable application that will decrease the processing time and increase the chances of getting approval by the MPNP officer. 

While hiring an immigration representative, you must ensure that:

  1. They are licensed by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).
  2. They are active.
  3. They are in good standing with the college.
  4. They have an active consultant identification.
  5. They are verifiable.

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