A successful Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) application leads to Permanent Resident status in Canada. Ideally, we prefer to assist clients with their MPNP application from start to finish. Clients, however, often approach us after when they are already in the process and they encounter an issue that they cannot handle themselves (or that their consultant cannot handle). The MPNP website provides a basic 3 steps on their website on how to apply for the MPNP. In reality, however, there are many more steps involved in creating a strong application. Here is a guide to the process to help you understand all the steps and the work involved:
Step 1: Initial Assessment and Document Review
During this stage, it is important to build the application based on your circumstances to put together the best application. We almost never see an initial application that is perfect. There are many different categories and types of circumstances that MPNP look at. It is important to make sure the application is strong before you send it to the government.
After we have strengthened the application to give the applicant the best chance of success, we review the points calculation based on relevant law and policy. After we determine that the application is strong, then we can proceed to the next step.
TIP: Submitting a weak application that leads to a refusal can negatively impact future applications.
When the points calculation leads to the best possible result, we submit the preliminary information to MPNP and create an Expression of Interest (EOI) Profile online. The system generates an EOI Ranking Points assessment based on the information provided. This points calculation will be used to compare your application with all the other applicants in the MPNP pool.
There is no government fee for submitting an application to MPNP.
Step 3: Monitor the MPNP Draws and Review the Minimum Necessary Points
The MPNP program constantly reviews the applications in the system. They select the applications is the highest scores in their pool every 2 weeks or every month in a regular “draw”. They produce statistics from the draw and publish the numbers on their website here.
According to MPNP: “The highest-scoring qualified candidates with a connection to Manitoba are invited to submit an MPNP application.”
Since the first draw in early 2015, the minimum required points has varied from the 400s to the 700s. The applications are determined based on many factors, including the labour market and the strength of the other applications in the pool at any given time.
MINIMUM POINTS FOR 8 JUNE 2016 DRAW: SKILLED WORKERS IN MANITOBA: 665 POINTS & SKILLED WORKERS OVERSEAS: 550
The EOI profile remains in the system for 1 year and will be considered during every draw, after the preliminary assessment.
Step 4: After Applicant is Selected, Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA)
When the initial application is successful in one of the regular draws by MPNP, they issue a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). The letter acknowledges that Manitoba is interested in the initial application and they are requested to submit a full application within 60 days. At this step, the applicant is required to produce supporting documentation to show all the material facts in the initial application (at the EOI stage) are true.
Clients regularly contact us after they receive the LAA. One potential issue is that the information provided and supporting documentation at the LAA stage must be consistent with the information provided at the EOI stage. If there are inconsistencies, MPNP may investigate the application.
TIP: Make sure all the information submitted for the initial EOI is 100% accurate to avoid future issues and frustration. Preparation is key to success.
BONUS TIP: If you chose to submit the EOI yourself, retain copies of all information provided so that your representative has all the necessary materials to help you at the LAA stage.
There is no government fee for submitted the full application to MPNP at the LAA stage.
Step 5: MPNP Nomination Certificate
Congratulations! The government of Manitoba has a limited number of certificates. For 2016, the federal government has allocated 5,500 certificates to the province. Once an applicant receives a certificate, the province will support the application for Permanent Resident status to the federal government (IRCC).
Step 6: PR Application to IRCC
At this point, the PR application is processed with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at the federal level. Normally, the IRCC Officer in charge with examination screens the application for inadmissibility; however, they also have the power to conduct an investigation into settlement issues and misrepresentation, based on individual circumstances.
The fees for submitting the PR application to IRCC vary depending on the family size. The minimum fee for this application is CAD $550.00.
Step 7: RPRF
Once the application has passed all the steps above, the last step is the pay the Right of Permanent Resident Fee (CAD $490.00), unless the applicant falls within one of the exempt categories. After the fee is paid and the PR Visa is validated, the applicant “lands” in Canada and has all the rights of a Permanent Resident.
MPNP: How to Apply – Conclusion
At Clarke Law, we guide you through all the steps above. Our professional fees for the services listed are available online. If you would like assistance, please contact us directly.