FAQs

JUNE 2022: The MPNP Program is active with modifications. Please read carefully

How does AMA help?

 

AMA can help Argentineans only in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) through the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. This program is for applicants who demonstrate a connection to the Province of Manitoba. If all the requirements are met, AMA will provide a letter of support as proof of this connection.

 

All the information related to this program can be found at:

Skilled Workers Overseas | Manitoba Immigration Pathways

 

For study visas, we suggest contacting the International Student Department of the University and consulting the frequently asked questions.

For information on temporary work visa, visit Manitoba's official website.

Eligibility

 

To be eligible for this program, the principal applicant must meet 2 mandatory requirements:

 

1.    As part of this process, the applicant must complete a mandatory exploratory visit to Winnipeg. See the requirements at: Determine Your Eligibility – Skilled Workers Overseas | Manitoba Immigration Pathways under Manitoba Invitation - Exploratory Visits and What is an MPNP exploratory visit?

 

2.    Have a minimum of 60 points based on five factors (language, age, work experience, education, and adaptability). The letter of support provided by AMA adds the 20 points referred to the factor 5 - Adaptability.

The details of points can be found on this site:

Determine Your Eligibility – Skilled Workers Overseas | Manitoba Immigration Pathways

What does it mean to be a main applicant?

 

The main applicant must be the member of the family group with the highest number of points. The spouse and children will be the dependents. If the process is successful, the whole family will obtain permanent residence.​

Who is eligible to be dependent?

 

Spouse or common-law partner with at least 1 year of relationship, and unmarried children under 22 years of age.

For more information, visit: Glossary - Canada.ca

Who can't apply to the MPNP?

●     Foreign workers who are working and residing in another province.

●     Spouses of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

●     People who were rejected by the MPNP within the last 6 months.

●     People who have an active application in another provincial program in Canada.

 

See details at: Determine Your Eligibility – Skilled Workers Overseas | Manitoba Immigration Pathways under Who cannot apply to the MPNP?

What is the process like?

 

This process has several instances and approvals, which are summarized as follows:

 

●     Eligibility: you (the applicant) should check the requirements and if you meet them all, you should complete the initial form.

●     AMA will review the form and will respond as soon as possible. If all requirements are met, you will be asked to send all the necessary documentation.

●     Once the documentation is approved, the applicant will have a virtual interview with AMA members.

●     Exploratory visit: the applicant must do this visit for a minimum of 7 days to the city of Winnipeg. More information will be provided at the appropriate time. 

●     Face-to-face interview with AMA immigration committee and AMA board of directors: these will be held towards the end of your exploratory visit. More information will be provided at the appropriate time. 

●     If all requirements set by the Manitoba government are met, AMA will provide the applicant with the letter of support, and it will be presented to the appropriate immigration officer.

●     The immigration officer will evaluate the application and if approved, will send an Invitation to Apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

●     Provincial Process (MPNP): in this instance AMA is not involved. 

●     Federal Process: in this instance AMA is not involved.

What does NOC mean?

 

National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a list that describes occupations at the national level. To apply to the MPNP program, the applicant must have studies and working experience in an in-demand NOC in the Province of Manitoba. This list can be viewed at: Manitoba In-Demand Occupations | Manitoba Immigration Pathways

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

 

It is an exclusive requirement to have a degree and academic transcript corresponding to your studies. These must be validated by an organization approved by the Canadian government.

Follow the following link to have more information and the organizations where it can be issued:

Educational credential assessment (ECA) for Express Entry: What it is - Canada.ca

 

When processing, it is not necessary to request the copy to be sent to the MPNP or any other government entity.

Languages

 

The official languages are English and French. The applicant must present the certificate with official results of one of the language exams approved by MPNP carried out in the last 2 years prior to the application date.

If the certificate expires before the application date, you will need to take the exam again and present a new certificate.

The exams that are accepted are detailed in:

Language Proficiency | Manitoba Immigration Pathways

Funds

 

The applicant must demonstrate that he or she has sufficient funds to settle in Manitoba. The funds must be liquid (Property titles are not accepted) and must be available at the time of the application and throughout the process, as statements can be requested at any time.

 

Notarized certifications (by notary) of unbanked savings are accepted. Balances, statements, bank letters and notarized certifications of liquid funds in Argentinean pesos or dollars are accepted (the amount will be updated according to the exchange rate).

 

These vouchers, either letter from the bank and / or balance statements, must detail the balances of the last 6 months.

 

The amount required will depend on the family group. To see the required amounts, visit:

Proof of funds – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry) - Canada.ca

Required documentation

 

For both the provincial and federal programs, various official documents or certified copies are needed. Documents in Spanish must be translated into English or French.

These are:​

●     Original language exam certificate

●     Marriage or common-law certificate (if applicable).

●     Valid Passport(s) and Valid Visa

●     Birth certificate(s)

●     Postsecondary Degree (diploma and academic transcript)

●     ECA Report(s) - post-secondary studies validated by a government approved organization.

●     Job reference letter(s) related to the corresponding NOC.

●     Demonstration of liquid funds.

●     Police Certificate

 

All these documents will need to be sent to AMA in order to begin the process.​

Document translation

​ The MPNP requires that all documentation be provided in English or French. Copies of documents in other languages must be certified and the documents must be translated by a public translator and certified by the country-of-origin translators' association.

 

Canada is not a signatory to the Hague Convention therefore the documents do not need an Apostille.

What is expected of the exploratory visit in Manitoba?

 

Applicants must arrange this visit for a minimum of 7 days to the city of Winnipeg and during which they must explore communities and employment opportunities to help them make an informed decision about whether they intend and have the ability to find employment and get settled with their families in Manitoba as permanent residents.

 

During the exploratory visit, applicants are expected to:

●     Explore opportunities in their field of work and meet with potential employers as well as agencies that provide employment services.

●     Consult with employers and regulators (if applicable) about your employability in Manitoba.

●     Explore housing, educational institutions, banking, and recreational activities in the community where you would like to live.

●     Visit supermarkets, shops, and other places to find out the cost of living.

●     Prepare a folder with chronological documentation of the activities you performed (including receipts, brochures, tickets of visited places, etc.)

 

See the requirements at: Determine Your Eligibility – Skilled Workers Overseas | Manitoba Immigration Pathways under Manitoba Invitation - Exploratory Visits and What is an MPNP exploratory visit?

Interview with the AMA Immigration Committee and Board of Directors

 

The interview is conducted towards the end of the exploratory visit. During this interview, the applicant must provide all the documentation, explain everything done during their exploratory visit and about the plans to settle in Manitoba, including:

●     Agenda detailing activities carried out per day.

●     Neighbourhood where you plan to live or neighbourhoods you would like.

●     Schools (if you have children).

●     Places you have visited.

●     Services you have inquired about (employment services, services for newcomers, etc.).

●     Occupations or jobs where you intend to apply (applicant and spouse)

●     Contacts of professionals with whom you have met or contacted (personal cards, copies of emails, etc.)

●     Reasons that make you a potential candidate for the MPNP.