Manitoba invited 626 immigration Candidates in new Express Entry Draw

Manitoba invited 626 immigration candidates in new Expression of Interest draw

Manitoba invited 626 immigration Candidates in new Express Entry Draw

Manitoba invited 626 immigration Candidates in new Express Entry Draw

151 Express Entry candidates among those invited

Manitoba has issued 626 Letters of Advice to Apply for a provincial nomination in a new Expression of Interest draw conducted May 11, including 151 candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) said the Express Entry candidates invited through its Express Entry-linked Skilled Workers Overseas sub-stream had to have a job seeker validation code and at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on the MPNP’s In-Demand Occupations List.

The lowest-ranked Express Entry candidate invited had a ranking score under Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system of 562.

Express Entry candidates whose application for provincial nomination is successful receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score.

A total of 267 candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream have also issued Letters of Advice to Apply, or LAAs, with the lowest-ranked candidate having an EOI ranking score of 500.

A further 109 LAAs have issued candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream. The lowest-ranked candidate in this group had an EOI ranking score of 602.

These candidates had to have the following:

  • A close relative residing in Manitoba or past education or work experience in Manitoba;
  • Declared a regional destination;
  • At least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s In-demand Occupations list; and
  • A minimum language proficiency of CLB 5 unless work experience is primarily in a regulated occupation (minimum 7) or a compulsory trade (CLB 6).
  • The draw also issued 99 LAAs were under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative through the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, with the lowest-ranked candidate having a score 706.

Strategic Recruitment Initiatives include:

Recruitment missions. These overseas employment/immigration fairs involve MPNP representatives interviewing foreign skilled workers and subsequently inviting them to apply after they have made a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) to the MPNP.

Exploratory visits. The MPNP may invite people who have undertaken a pre-approved Exploratory Visit and passed an interview with a program official.

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Studying in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand

Life experience

Studying in New Zealand will open your eyes and expand your horizons. Wherever you choose to study, you’ll never be far from a beach, some native bush or some wide open spaces.

You’ll experience a unique and diverse blend of European and Maori traditions mixed with influences from Polynesia, Asia and elsewhere. You’ll be able to pick from a range of lifestyles and study in well-equipped but convenient campuses.

You’ll have the chance to explore our stunning scenery, beautiful environment and unique wildlife. If you’re into adventure, you’ll be able to ‘live the dream.’ Our mountains, lakes, and coast offer a dazzling array of high-octane activities that are affordable and easy to access.

You’ll mix and make lifelong connections with new and interesting people both from New Zealand and around the world. And, if you’re a more mature student looking to pursue postgraduate studies, you‘ll enjoy easy access for your partner and children and domestic level fees for Ph.D. students.

You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of an internationally recognized and high-quality education – and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

Unique hospitality

The spirit of welcome runs deep here. Maori have a word for it – Manaakitanga.

Loosely translated as hospitality, it sums up the act of welcoming and looking after guests. The idea is that by offering hospitality, generosity and mutual respect everyone involved comes out better off.

Lifelong connections

It’s not just the places you’ll see and the things you’ll do in New Zealand that will inspire you. It’s the people you’ll meet.

We New Zealanders are an easy going bunch. While we can be a bit reserved at first – we don’t like ‘coming on strong’ or imposing ourselves on people – we’re generally very good at including newcomers in invitations to the pub, the footie game or the team going to the movies. After all, we’re great travelers ourselves. We know what it’s like to find ourselves in another country and how important feeling welcomed can be.

You’ll also have plenty of other international students to mix and mingle with. In 2014 we had 93,000 of them, from just about every country in the world – all ‘newbies’ and all in the same situation as you.

Your Kiwi study experience will give you all sorts of opportunities to make very special social and business connections that you’ll treasure forever.

So much to explore – enjoy our stunning landscape and mild climate

If you’re traveling abroad to study, you’ll want to see as much as you can of your host country. After all, that’s an important part of your overseas study experience.

There’s so much to see and do here and New Zealand makes experiencing it all so easy.

You can always find something to do because our generally temperate climate means tourism here runs year round. With a good network of domestic airlines, affordable buses and trains you’ll find it easy to access all the experiences, beauty and wide open spaces that New Zealand has to offer.

Given New Zealand’s long, skinny geography, wherever you choose to study you’ll never be more than a couple of hours away from golden beaches, rolling green farmland, or snow covered mountains. Of course, travelling times vary by destination and what transport you use – Auckland to Queenstown for example takes about two hours by air and two days by car (including a ferry trip across Cook Strait). But a trip to the superb surf beach at Raglan on the North Island’s west coast can take you just 45 minutes by car or bus from Hamilton.

With a bit of forward planning you’ll be surprised how much of our spectacular country you’ll be able to explore in your breaks from studying.

Choice of lifestyles

New Zealand offers you a huge variety of places to live and study in, from bustling urban centers to smaller low-stress provincial towns in the heart of peaceful countryside; from university towns to diversified commercial centers. So many options means you can choose the lifestyle you’re familiar with – or take the opportunity to experience an environment that is quite different and new.

For sun and sea, you can go north. Or if a little winter snow is what you’re used to (and you’d like to get some skiing in at weekends or over vacations), there’s the South Island.

If you’re the city type, there are the main centers to explore, each with their own distinctive character. Or, to get close to the ‘real’ New Zealand, you can experience small town life Kiwi-style.

Wherever you choose to study, you’ll never be far from a beach or some native bush (or both) where you can get the breathing space and exercise that’s so important for clearing your head and working effectively.

Partners & children welcomed

If you’ve advanced to doctoral research and partnered or even had children along the way, New Zealand is a great place to broaden your horizons and continue your postgraduate studies.

To start with, you don’t pay extra for being an international student. Ph.D. students here only pay domestic level fees. You also may be entitled to work full time while you study.

Perhaps most importantly, New Zealand makes it easy for you to share the experience with your family:

Partners of international postgraduate students can apply for an open work visa for the duration of your course of study.

The dependent children of all international Ph.D. students are classified as domestic students in New Zealand state schools.

New Zealand is a great place for bringing up a family. It’s safe and secure and very family friendly.

You have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from. Plus, there are good job opportunities for people with skills.

With so many advantages, you may want to join the thousands of post-graduate students from around the world who have discovered the advantages of pursuing higher qualifications in New Zealand. In fact, nearly 20% of our postgraduate students are now from overseas – compared with just 6% in 1997.

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Things you should do in your express entry and things you should not

4 things you should do in your express entry profile and things you should not

Things you should do in your express entry and things you should not

Things you should do in your express entry and things you should not

Submitting a profile to the Express Entry pool may seem like a simple process, but it’s important to take the time to get it right. Your CRS score depends on the information you provide in your profile, and your immigration application could depend on a strong CRS score.

Of course, there are always ways to improve your Express Entry score once you’re in the pool. But there are some key things to keep in mind to help you prepare the best possible Express Entry profile.


Candidates who are eligible for one of the programs under Express Entry can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. Their profile is assigned a CRS score, and the highest-ranking candidates are periodically issued invitations to apply for permanent residence.

Once candidates who receive an ITA submit an application for permanent residence through Express Entry, their application is usually processed within six months.


You can include your dependent family members in your Express Entry profile. For Canadian immigration purposes, dependent family members include:

  • Your spouse or common-law partner
  • Your dependent child
  • Your spouse or common-law partner’s dependent child
  • A dependent child of a dependent child

Dependent family members can be included as either ‘accompanying’ or ‘not accompanying’, depending on whether or not they will be immigrating to Canada with you. The key takeaway here is that you must include all of your dependents whether or not they are accompanying you to Canada.

If you fail to include any of your dependents on your application, you will not be able to sponsor them later.


For Canadian immigration purposes, you cannot include you’re:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Brother or sister
  • Uncle or Aunt
  • Nephew or Niece
  • Other relatives

As dependents on your Express Entry profile.


The IELTS is the most common English language proficiency test authorized to evaluate your ability in English for Canadian immigration. They are also one of the largest factors in calculating your CRS score that you can easily improve. Preparing your Express Entry profile for submission is going to take some time. While you’re waiting for your documents to come through, it’s a good idea to prepare for the IELTS.

There are a ton of great online resources to study for the IELTS. We provide free access to an IELTS tutoring service to all of our Express Entry clients to help them prepare. The best thing that you can do, though, is actually retaking the IELTS. At the end of the day, IELTS is a test, and the best practice you can do for any test is to write it.

Language test results are valid for two years, so scheduling your test early on and retaking it, even multiple times, to get a better score could go a long way to helping you immigrate to Canada!


The IELTS, and any other authorized language test, test four language abilities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. When you provide language test results in your Express Entry profile, all four language ability scores must come from a single test. For example, your first test results may be:

Reading: 5.5

Writing: 6.0

Listening: 5.5

Speaking: 6.5

This would correspond to an overall score of CLB 6.

And your second test results may be:

Reading: 6.0

Writing: 6.0

Listening: 6.0

Speaking: 6.0

This would correspond to an overall score of CLB 7.

Even though you technically did better in the ‘Speaking’ ability on your first test, you have to provide all four test results from a single test, and you’re overall score was higher on your second test. Therefore, you’re better off providing the results from your second test in your Express Entry profile.


More is almost always better when it comes to submitting your Express Entry profile. Don’t leave out any information about your employment history just because you don’t feel it’s relevant. Even if you don’t specifically earn points for a particular job, you should still include it in your profile. You won’t lose points for unskilled work, and work that you don’t consider valuable may actually contribute indirectly to the strength of your profile.


At the profile submission stage, you’re asked to provide a lot of information about yourself and your family. Often, you don’t need to provide proof to back up that information until a later stage in the process. But you will need to be able to prove everything that you claim in your profile. So if you don’t understand a question, or aren’t sure about the answer do not guess. Take the time to find the right answer.

If you are found to have misrepresented yourself that can seriously damage your chances of successfully immigrating to Canada.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provide a lot of resources and instructions for completing your Express Entry profile. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming.

Take the time to read through all instructions carefully to make sure that your profile is complete and accurate. Mistakes at the profile stage can have a long-lasting impact on your entire immigration file.

Good luck!

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