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Skilled Workers Overseas

Skilled Worker Overseas Category

The Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas category is for qualified skilled workers who may be outside of Canada but who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province. This program uses a points-based system to assess candidates according to factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability. 

Minimum Requirements

To be eligible under this category, candidates must:

  • Obtain a minimum score of 60 out of 100 points on the points assessment grid; and
  • Demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba through the support of friends or family, previous work experience or education in the province, or an Invitation to Apply issued by the MPNP,

Each form of connection to the province has specific requirements.

Manitoba Support

In order to be a Manitoba Supporter, an individual must be:

  • Able to provide documents proving that he or she has been living in Manitoba continuously for a minimum of one year;
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident; 
  • Able to demonstrate sufficiently close ties to the applicant and the province;
    • For close relatives, both the applicant and the supporter must provide documents proving their familial relationship.
    • Close relatives are considered to be those related to the applicant (or the applicant’s spouse) in one of the following ways:
      • Sister or brother,
      • Niece or nephew,
      • Aunt or uncle,
      • First cousin,
      • Mother or father,
      • Grandmother or grandfather.
  • Able to demonstrate that any applications they previously supported resulted in successful, permanent economic establishment in Manitoba;
  • Able to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan.

Paid immigration representatives and Canadian elected officials and their staff cannot be Manitoba Supporters. Children living in Manitoba cannot support their parents; instead, it is recommended they refer to Parent and Grandparents Sponsorship.

Manitoba Experience

In order to apply with the connection of Manitoba Experience, candidates must have lived in the province in the past as either a temporary foreign worker or as an international student. 

To be eligible, those with previous work experience in Manitoba must:

  • Have worked full-time for a Manitoba employer for a minimum of six consecutive months;
  • Submit a signed employer letter of reference on company letterhead; and
  • Submit a copy of their work permit proving they worked in the province.

Those with previous educational experience in Manitoba must:

  • Have attended and completed an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba; and
  • Submit their study permit(s), academic transcripts and certificate, diploma or degree they received upon completion of the program.

Manitoba Invitation

Invitations to apply for permanent residence are issued regularly by the MPNP to qualified candidates identified as part of one of its Strategic Recruitment initiatives. Invitations to Apply are issued at the discretion of the MPNP, therefore applicants may not choose to use this connection to Manitoba on their own.

Candidates are required to submit the Letter of Invitation they received from the MPNP following their interview during a recruitment mission or exploratory visit. The MPNP conducts overseas recruitment missions regularly, often in partnership with Manitoba employers, during which they search for prospective immigrants.

During set periods, the MPNP accepts requests to make an exploratory visit to Manitoba. This visit enables potential MPNP applicants to research communities and employment opportunities in order to decide whether they have the genuine intention and ability to settle in Manitoba as permanent residents. Exploratory visits must be approved by and arranged through the MPNP only by invitation.The MPNP provides instructions on what to do during the visit and what documents candidates are required to bring with them.

In order to be eligible for an exploratory visit candidates must:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 45;
  • Be able to demonstrate the employability and adaptability required of all MPNP applicants;
  • Have completed, at minimum, a one-year, post-secondary education or training program for which they received a diploma, degree or certificate;
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past five years;
  • Demonstrate their ability to find a job in Manitoba in the same occupation in which they have two years of experience;
    • This includes plans to achieve the appropriate licence or certification required in the case of regulated occupations.
  • Submit a Settlement Plan that demonstrates their genuine intention and ability to economically establish and settle in Manitoba as a permanent resident; and
  • Submit official results of an approved language test taken within the past two years showing they achieved scores equivalent to at least CLB 6 in each component as well as overall.

Points Assessment

In addition to the above requirement of demonstrating a connection to Manitoba, candidates must score at least 60 out of 100 points on the points assessment grid. Points are assessed based on five factors: language proficiency, age, work experience, education and adaptability. 

Factor 1: Language ProficiencyPoints
First language (English or French) 
CLB 8 or higher / native speaker20
CLB 718
CLB 616
CLB 514
CLB 412
CLB 3 or lower0
Second language (English or French) 
CLB 5 or higher5
Factor 2: Age 
184
196
208
21 to 4510
468
476
484
492
50 or older0
Factor 3: Work Experience (in the past five years) 
Less than one year0
One year8
Two years10
Three years12
Four years or more15
Factor 4: Education 
Master’s or Doctorate25
Two post-secondary programs of at least two years each23
One post-secondary program of two years or longer20
One one year post-secondary program14
Trade certification14
No post-secondary education0
Factor 5: Adaptability 
Close relative in Manitoba20
Invitation to Apply received from MPNP as part of recruitment mission or exploratory visit20
Previous work experience in Manitoba (at least six months)12
Completed post-secondary program of two years or more in Manitoba12
Completed post-secondary program of at least one year in Manitoba10
Friend or distant relative living in Manitoba10
Bonus: Intention to reside outside Winnipeg5
Total100

When Not to Apply

Candidates will not be considered under the Skilled Worker Stream if they are:

  • Self-employed individuals, business owners, owner-operators, or individuals providing services as independent contractors to the business supporting their application;
  • Exempt from requiring a work permit to work in Manitoba (e.g. Ministers of Religion);
  • Submitting an application based on an employment offer that is part of a work-study program;
  • Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
  • Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada;
  • Temporary Foreign Workers currently working and residing in a province other than Manitoba;
  • Spouses of Canadian Citizens or permanent residents;
  • Individuals who have been refused by the MPNP within the last six months and who are not able to address the reason(s) for refusal; and
  • Individuals who have an active immigration application with any other provincial immigration program in Canada.