EXPLORATORY VISIT TO MANITOBA (CANADA) MANITOBA CANDIDATES PROGRAM

EXPLORATORY VISIT TO MANITOBA (CANADA) MANITOBA CANDIDATES PROGRAM

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If you are French-speaking and wish to immigrate to Manitoba, you may be eligible for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPP) under its Invitation to Manitoba component.

Invitation to Manitoba, an initiative of the Provincial Nominee Program (PCM), is a francophone and economic strategy. It involves selecting qualified individuals with the education, work experience and language skills required to work in Manitoba and contribute positively to the provincial economy.

EXPLORATORY VISIT

An exploratory visit is mandatory if you have no family or friendly ties in Manitoba, that is, there is no one who can officially support your immigration application. If so, you must travel to Manitoba for a period of 7 to 10 days. This tour is at your own expense, including accommodation, food, and any travel. A meeting with a representative of the Manitoba immigration office will be arranged at the end of your visit. Only the principal applicant should make the exploratory visit, but the whole family is welcome.

People who already have family or friendly ties in Manitoba can also apply under the Francophone Initiative, Invitation to Manitoba stream if they wish.

The criteria for the exploratory visit:

Age :

  • Be between 21 and 45 years old (no exceptions);

Training:

  • Have completed, at least, secondary school (with diploma) and then a post-secondary education or training program, lasting one year, and have obtained a diploma or certificate (Bac + 1 at least)

Work experience :

  • Have worked full-time for at least 2 years in the past five years, and have at least 6 months of continuous full-time experience in one of the occupations on the list of occupations in high demand in Manitoba.

Language skills :

  • Possess the Canadian Language Benchmark Level (NCLC) required by your profession;

The PCM requires different levels of language skills depending on the profession (between CLB 5, 6 or 7).

There are two language assessments accepted for immigration purposes in Manitoba. NO OTHER FRENCH ASSESSMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

  • TEF Canada (French evaluation test) with a minimum of NCLC competence according to your profession;
    Where
  • TCF Canada (French knowledge test) with a minimum of NCLC skills according to your profession;

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE EXPLORATORY VISIT

  • Your up-to-date CV and that of your spouse (if applicable)
  • Your proof of work experience over the last 5 years (work certificates)
  • Proof of your completed studies:
    • Secondary/high school diploma (BAC) and
    • The post-secondary diploma(s) (graduate studies at the BAC)

Certificates of achievement will be accepted for the visit request, but note that diplomas and transcripts will be required when submitting a complete application to the province.

  • TEF Canada or TCF Canada. Make sure the certificate # is legible
  • Up-to-date bank statement or bank certificate showing required settlement funds – in your name and/or your spouse’s name (if applicable)

THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS

After completing an exploratory visit (which must be approved by the PCM), you will submit an “Expression of Interest” to the PCM. The province regularly chooses candidates based on the number of points they have accumulated, their profession, etc. Candidates selected by the province receive a letter advising them to submit a formal application to the MPNP.

The Provincial Nominee Program will notify you of its decision after evaluating your file. The decision can take up to 6 months. If you receive a favorable response, that is, you are nominated by the Province of Manitoba, you will need to submit an application for permanent resident (PR) status to the Government of Canada as a Manitoba Nominee. This process can take twelve (12) months or more if it is a basic designation. Which means you file a paper application with the Government of Canada.

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