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The Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Immigration Pathway (SWO) is a new program that gives skilled workers from other countries a great chance to move to Manitoba. It’s a simple process, and one thing that stands out is that you don’t necessarily need a job offer to be eligible. In this article, we’ll talk about an overview of the program, its eligibility requirements, and the points-based selection process.
The SWO program is part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), which is made to attract and keep talented international workers and students from all over the world who want to live in Manitoba permanently. People who have skills, education, and work experience that are useful for Manitoba’s job market are the ones the program is for.
Notably, unlike some other programs, the SWO doesn’t always require the applicant to have a job offer. Instead, it looks at how likely applicants are to get a job in Manitoba in the long run. This method is especially helpful for skilled workers who can show they can help the province’s economy but who may not have had the chance to get a job offer before they immigrated.
For the SWO pathway, a potential immigrant is checked against several criteria to see if they are eligible for the program. The minimum requirements for eligibility are:
- Age: Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 45.
- Language Proficiency: You must have at least a 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in either English or French.
- Education: The candidate should have a degree, diploma, or certificate from a program after high school (minimum of one year)
- Work Experience: The person applying should have worked full-time for at least two years in the last five years.
- Adaptability: The applicant must show that they have the ability and intention to live in Manitoba permanently with their dependents. This could be because they have close family in Manitoba, have worked in the province before, or were invited through one of the Strategic Recruitment Initiatives of the MPNP.
A points-based system called the Manitoba Points Assessment Grid is used by the SWO. This system gives applicants a score based on how likely they are to do well in Manitoba’s job market. The grid tells you:
- Age: Applicants who are younger get more points, up to 100 points for those between the ages of 21 and 25.
- Language Proficiency: You can get up to 125 points based on how well you speak English and French.
- Work Experience: You get points for both how much work experience you have (up to 80 points) and what kind of work experience you have (up to 100 points).Education: A person can get up to 130 points based on their education.
- Adaptability: This section gives a candidate up to 500 points based on how well they can settle in Manitoba.
For the SWO program, applicants must get at least 60 points out of a possible 100. After that, applicants are put into a pool for the MPNP, and they may be asked to apply for permanent residency.
How to Apply
This process applies to both the Skilled Worker Stream and the International Education Stream, except for the International Student Entrepreneur Pilot. The steps for the Business Investor Stream don’t use the MPNP Online portal. Instead, they have their own process.
- Make a profile for an Expression of Interest (EOI).
- If you get a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), you should send the MPNP a full application.
- An MPNP officer carefully looks over all the applications.
- The MPNP puts forward the names of successful applicants.
- Make a separate application to the Canadian government for permanent residency for you and your family within 180 days of being nominated.
International Student Entrepreneur Pilot
The International Student Entrepreneur Pilot (ISEP) gives up to 20 international students who have graduated from school in Manitoba the chance to start their own business instead of getting a job. Once the applicant meets the terms of their Business Performance Agreement, they are put forward for permanent residence.
Before you send any forms to the MPNP, you have to go to an information session. Candidates who want to attend an information session should send an email to MPNP-BusinessStream@gov.mb.ca.
If you are an international student who graduated from school in another Canadian province, you may be able to apply under the Entrepreneur Pathway under the Business Investor Stream.
Who cannot apply to the MPNP?
The MPNP does not accept applications from the following people or groups:
- People who are trying to become refugees or who are in the middle of a federal appeal or removal process
- Live-in There are currently caregivers living in Canada.
- Temporary foreign workers who work and live in a province besides Manitoba
- Spouses of Canadian citizens or people who live there permanently
- People who have been turned down by the MPNP in the last six months and can’t explain why they were turned down
- People who have an immigration application in progress with any other Canadian federal or provincial immigration program. Note that an Express Entry profile is not an application for immigration.
CLICK HERE for information on how to apply for the MPNP.
The Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Immigration Pathway is a great way for skilled workers who live outside of Canada to move to Canada permanently. Since it doesn’t require a job offer, a wider range of skilled people can think about taking this path. It shows that the province is committed to building a society that is rich, diverse, and open to everyone. It does this by focusing on long-term benefits to Manitoba’s economy and job market.
Immigration paths can be hard to figure out, but if you know the program details, eligibility requirements, and points system for programs like the SWO, you can start on this life-changing journey with a strong base. Make sure you get the right advice and find out if this is a way you can get into the country.
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