International students encouraged to stay after graduating in Manitoba
Working Graduate is one means to establish the Connection to Manitoba required to be eligible to apply to immigrate to Manitoba through the MPNP. This category applies only to graduates of Manitoba post-secondary schools.
If after graduation you have been working in Manitoba continuously for at least six months with a valid work permit and your employer offers you a permanent job, you are eligible to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program with priority processing.
You attended an authorized education or training program at a public, or registered private vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba.
Your program was full-time and at least one academic year in duration.
You successfully completed your program and were awarded a diploma, degree or certificate.
You have been continuously working for at least six month for the employer who has offered you a permanent full-time job.
You have a valid post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Your connection to Manitoba is stronger than ties you may have to another Canadian province.
You can demonstrate in a Settlement Plan your intention and plan to live, work and establish your work and family life in Manitoba as a permanent resident.
You have all qualifications and the English or French language proficiency to fulfill the duties of your job.**
** If your job is lower skilled (National Occupation Classification [NOC] C or D) you must meet the Government of Canada minimum language requirement.
Settlement funds: While the MPNP generally requires applicants to have at least $10,000 to ensure you are self-supporting while becoming economically established in the labour market and community, grads currently working in Manitoba may not have to demonstrate they meet settlement fund requirements. The MPNP will consider your employment income. But in all cases you must provide evidence, in your application, of some settlement funds in your name.
Required documents: With your MPNP application you must submit all documents for employment, education, immigration status/history etc. as explained on the page Apply.
Getting a post-grad work permit: Apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) within 90 days of completing your school program requirements. If you need help see the international student advisor at your school.
Change in status: If your status changes while you’re awaiting MPNP assessment (ex: you leave the job indicated on your MPNP application) you must notify the MPNP in writing and include a personal reference and job offer letter from your new Manitoba employer.
Students outside Manitoba are not eligible to apply to the MPNP under the Currently Working in Manitoba category. However you may still apply to the MPNP ― provided that you demonstrate a connection to Manitoba that is stronger than your ties to another part of Canada. (Important: If you want to apply because you’ve been offered a job in Manitoba, note that you must first have been working for that employer for at least one year.