Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal Improves for Global Skills

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal Improves Manitoba’s Competitiveness for Global Skills

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal Improves Manitoba’s Competitiveness for Global Skills

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal Improves Manitoba’s Competitiveness for Global Skills

The Canada and Manitoba governments have reached agreement on the renewal of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The MPNP renewal builds on our 10-point Economic Plan by improving Manitoba’s economic competitiveness, attracting new investment, fostering a skilled workforce, and encouraging new immigration.

The MPNP will be reorganized around four new or revised application streams:

  • International Education Stream (IES)
  • Business Investor Stream (BIS)
  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM)
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO)

Each stream will include more flexible pathways to ensure that all provincial nominees are able to meet clearly defined labour market and economic needs in Manitoba. These priorities will be clearly communicated to potential MPNP applicants through a regularly updated In-Demand Occupations list.

The MPNP will continue to support Manitoba’s francophone immigration strategy by providing priority for francophone applicants who meet the required criteria in one or more of the four streams.

Existing Candidates and Applicants

Candidates with valid Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles will be assessed under the criteria in effect on the draw date. Applicants will have their MPNP application assessed under the criteria valid on the date their EOI profile was drawn.

Candidates will receive information on how technical changes to the MPNP Online application system will affect their EOI profiles before changes are made.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for potential applicants, representatives, and the family members of potential applicants were held on December 6, 2017.

Information sessions for international students will be held in January 2018.

Updates

Information on the MPNP Renewal, including the renewal timeline, will be updated regularly.

In-Demand Occupations list

To better identify MPNP candidates who meet the needs of Manitoba employers, the MPNP identifies In-demand Occupations based on Manitoba Labour Market Information and Occupational Forecasts, as well as through direct employer consultations. The occupations listed reference Edition 2016 of the National Occupation Classification (NOC).

The MPNP In-demand Occupations list allows the MPNP to provide clear communication about our current labour market and business investment priorities for potential applicants submitting Expressions of Interest to apply to the program.

These priorities reflect the needs of Manitoba employers ready to hire new immigrants and international students, the in-demand occupations of the Manitoba labour market based on current information and projections, and the occupation-specific skills and language requirements necessary to be hired in those jobs.

The In-demand Occupations list is intended as a guide to help inform candidates in the Expression of Interest pool which applications will be prioritized to receive invitations to apply to the MPNP. The list will be updated regularly.

International Education Stream

The new International Education Stream (IES) is dedicated to providing international students graduating in Manitoba and meeting the needs of industry faster pathways to the nomination. Applicants will no longer be required to work for 6 months before applying to the MPNP.

There is one pathway:

  • Career Employment Pathway

IES will provide the faster nomination for international student graduates in STEM programs through internships contributing to industry innovation in Manitoba. In addition, post-secondary graduates who find long-term employment in an In-demand Occupation consistent with their training will no longer be required to work for 6 months before applying to the MPNP.

Business Investor Stream

The Business Investor Stream (BIS) will replace the current PNP-B business immigration category. BIS allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who have the intent and ability to start or purchase businesses in Manitoba within the first 24 months of arrival in Canada. Applicants will no longer be required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba government.

There will be two pathways:

  • The Entrepreneur Pathway for applicants seeking to open a business in Manitoba; and
  • The Farm Investor Pathway for those intending to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.

Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream

The Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM) is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. The MPNP selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominates them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. Candidates with strong labour market attachments to Manitoba employers remain a priority.

There will be two pathways:

  • Manitoba Work Experience Pathway
  • Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway

The Manitoba Work Experience Pathway is for applicants currently working in Manitoba with temporary work permits (Temporary Foreign Workers, international student graduates from other provinces or Manitoba graduates) not working in jobs published on the In-demand Occupations list.

The Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway is for international applicants with hard job offers from pre-approved Manitoba employers.

Skilled Worker Overseas Stream

The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO) is for international skilled worker applicants with in-demand skills and training and a high potential to establish strong labour market attachments to related occupations soon after arrival in Manitoba.

The stream will offer a new pathway to nominate qualified applicants for the federal Express Entry program. Priority will be given to candidates with close family connections in Manitoba and spouses who have the language proficiency, training and experience to quickly find jobs in-demand occupations.

There will be two pathways:

  • Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
  • Human Capital Pathway

The Manitoba Express Entry Pathway is for candidates demonstrating high human capital with skills, training, and experience related to Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list and a strong family connection to Manitoba. This Pathway is open to candidates who are also eligible under another MPNP stream and who meet Express Entry criteria and have an active Express Entry profile.

The Human Capital Pathway is for international skilled worker applicants with skills and training aligned with Manitoba’s published In-demand Occupations list, and who demonstrate a high potential to establish strong labour market attachments to those occupations sooner after arrival in Manitoba.

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USA Student Visa

USA Student Visa

USA Student Visa

USA Student Visa

This F-1 visa, US student visa or study visa is granted only to students (for a full-time course only) and no permission to working outside the university it is valid normally for the period of study. The F visa is only for academic studies like BS, MS, MBA, Ph.D.

Only if the applicant has a valid F-1 visa stamped on the passport can enter US (on an F-1 visa).

At any time during the first year of study a student with an F-1 visa cannot work off-campus; however, after one year the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) may grant permission to accept off-campus employment (or 2 semesters during Internship).

For On-campus employment no permission is required (which can be maximum 20 hrs/week and 40 hrs/week in the summer semester (if not enrolled)).

You Need an admission letter from University to get a student visa ( a form called SEVIS I-20). In your country you will take an appointment with US consulate. Visa officer might check your documents/your ties with the home country and if you have enough funds to live and support your education.

Requirements for US Student visa (or F-1 visa)

List of SEVIS (SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.) approved schools

For F-1 visa, applicants must be sufficiently expert in English. English proficiency can be proved by tests like TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT. These tests are only required for non-native English speakers to pursue the course of study.

Admission letter is required (form SEVIS I-20) for a full-time course of study at an approved educational institution. to support living You should be able to prove that sufficient funds are available (like loans/cash) (for yourself and family (if anyone is coming with you)) and school expenses during the entire period of study in the United States (How to create funding documentation).

The visa officer also check if you have a strong reason to return to your home country.

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Atlantic immigration pilot – A step by step guide

Atlantic immigration pilot – A step by step guide

Atlantic immigration pilot - A step by step guide

Atlantic immigration pilot – A step by step guide

Atlantic immigration pilot – A step by step guide

Programs

Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program (AISP)

Atlantic High Skilled Program (AHSP)

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

Note: A Labour Market Impact Assessment is not needed for Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs.

Employer designation

The employer in Atlantic Canada who is interested in using the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) to fill a full-time job vacancy contacts Provincial Immigration Office to express interest.

Employer contacts a participating settlement service provider organization and commits to preparing their workplace to welcome newcomers.

Employer applies to the province to become a designated employer.

Atlantic Province designates the employer.

Employer finds a recruit that meets the program criteria based on their initial assessment and offers them a job.

Endorsement

Employer connects their recruit with a participating settlement service provider organization.

Candidate contacts a settlement service provider organization of their choice for a needs assessment service that will result in a settlement plan for themselves and their family.

Settlement service provider organization provides the candidate with a settlement plan after the needs assessment.

Candidate sends a copy of the settlement plan to the employer

Employer completes the provincial endorsement application, identifying the appropriate program based on candidate’s work experience and including the job offer and settlement plan, and sends it to the province.

In cases where it is urgent to fill the position, candidates may be eligible for a temporary work permit. Certain conditions apply, such as having a valid job offer, a referral letter from the province and a commitment to apply for permanent residence. Consult the website for more information.

Province reviews and approves the endorsement application. Province sends candidate an endorsement letter.

Immigration application

Candidate completes their permanent residence application and sends it to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) including their endorsement letter and any other required documents.

IRCC processes the application – Applications will be processed in six months or less in the majority of cases.

Approved candidate and their family come to Atlantic Canada.

Employer supports the candidate and their family’s settlement and integration in their workplace and community in partnership with the settlement service provider organization.

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Ministers are preparing to take foreign students out of immigration figures 

Ministers are preparing to take foreign students out of immigration figures 

Ministers are preparing to take foreign students out of immigration figures 

Ministers are preparing to take foreign students out of immigration figures

Foreign students ‘will be cut’ from immigration figures by ministers despite opposition from Theresa May

Ministers are preparing to take foreign students out of immigration figures

The PM opposed it, saying it would undermine confidence in the statistics

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has warned Mrs. May that growing support for the measure in Parliament means it is now ‘inevitable’

Ministers are preparing to take foreign students out of the immigration figures, despite opposition from Theresa May.

The Prime Minister has blocked the move for years, arguing it would undermine confidence in the UK’s immigration statistics.

But Home Secretary Amber Rudd has warned Mrs. May that growing support for the measure in Parliament means it is now ‘inevitable’. The Home Office believes there is no way of preventing MPs from forcing a parliamentary vote on the issue when the new Immigration Bill is brought forward this year.

A Government source said: ‘It is inevitable that someone will bring forward an amendment on this, and it is very difficult to see how we could defeat it.’

Ministers were braced for defeat on the issue last year after an amendment to the Higher Education Bill was passed by the Lords.

The bid was killed off by June’s snap election. But, with the Tories had lost their Commons majority, minister’s fear there is no prospect of avoiding defeat now and are urging the PM to back down.

British ambassadors have also been lobbying Mrs. May to abandon her red line on the issue. A Whitehall source said: ‘If we are going to make a success of Brexit and make a reality of the idea of “Global Britain”, then we have to be more open to the world. That is the message the PM is getting from ambassadors.’

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying here. Removing them from the statistics could make a significant difference to headline immigration figures.

Mrs. May resisted the move for years as home secretary, warning that it would be seen by voters as an attempt to ‘fiddle the figures’. She said keeping foreign students in the statistics would maintain pressure on universities to root out bogus students.

Mrs. May also cited research suggesting up to 100,000 foreign students a year failed to return home after graduating. But supporters of the change argue that exit checks show the vast majority of foreign students do not overstay.

A Home Office study last year found that 97 percent either left when their visa expired or was allowed to stay.

Miss Rudd is now asking the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to back a change in the definition of immigration, which would exclude most foreign students.

The PM is under pressure from fellow Cabinet ministers to back down over the issue. In a rare alliance, Boris Johnson has joined forces with Miss Rudd and Chancellor Philip Hammond to urge her to reconsider her stance. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Business Secretary Greg Clark are also said to be in favour of the change.

One Cabinet source said Mrs. May was in ‘a minority of one’ in resisting the move, but added: ‘It is quite an important minority.’

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IT occupations among the most in-demand professions in Canada

IT occupations among the most in-demand professions in Canada

IT occupations among the most in-demand professions in Canada

IT occupations among the most in-demand professions in Canada

A new study detailing the most in-demand occupations in Canada in 2018 shows business analysts, IT project managers and software engineers among the top 10.

The annual study by the human resources company Randstad Canada showed business analysts in fifth place, IT project managers in seventh place and software engineers ranking ninth overall.

The study looked at job openings, job placements and other data from various Canadian markets that were collected and compiled by Randstad Canada and business research consultants CEB/Gartner.

“Tech continues to be one of Canada’s best job sectors, rapidly adding new jobs for developers and analysts of all kinds,” the study says.

The findings were published on the eve of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first visit to San Francisco, where it’s reported he’ll be pitching Canada as a destination for U.S. tech companies.

Trudeau and the Canadian government are working to capitalize on uncertainty among skilled foreign tech workers in the United States produced by President Donald Trump’s hard-line policies on immigration and trade in order to lure them north to Canada.

Coding skills “intensely in demand”

Drilling down into its IT-sector findings, the study says developers “with knowledge of both front and back-end coding are intensely in demand,” especially full stack developers. Java remained the top developer skill, with SQL in second. Python and .net are also considered in-demand.

The study listed the top 8 tech-sector jobs as:

  1. Project manager
  2. Software engineer
  3. Web developer
  4. Program analyst
  5. Java developer

Randstad says Canada’s IT sector employs 488,000 professionals and added 11,500 new jobs in 2017. Nearly 50 percent of those jobs (5,000) were created in Toronto and 2,000 were created in Montreal.

Targeted IT immigration programs

The demand for workers with tech expertise has led Canada and a number of its provinces to implement targeted immigration programs designed to facilitate their entry into the country.

The federal government’s Global Talent Stream was created last year to expedite the processing of work permits for highly skilled workers in a number of tech occupations.

At the provincial level, British Columbia holds weekly draws for tech workers with a job offer through its Tech Pilot program and Ontario has conducted tech-specific searches of the federal Express Entry pool through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Tech jobs also figure prominently among the in-demand occupations in provinces such as Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Top-5-Best-Tech-Jobs-in-2018

Top-5-Best-Tech-Jobs-in-2018

General labourers top overall list

In terms of Randstad’s overall list of in-demand jobs in Canada, general labourers led the top 10, with sales representatives and accountants rounding out the top three.

The top 10 jobs were as follows:

  1. General labourer
  2. Sales representative
  3. Accountant
  4. Engineering project manager
  5. Business analyst
  6. Customer service rep
  7. IT project manager
  8. Account manager
  9. Software engineer
  10. Forklift operator
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