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IRCC Approves Manitoba's Request to Extend Work Permits for Skilled Workers

The Canadian government announced today its approval of Manitoba's request to extend the temporary resident status of skilled workers crucial to the province's economy. This decision by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will directly benefit recent graduates currently in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) pool.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, The Honourable Marc Miller, highlighted the importance of regional immigration programs in a press release. "Programs like Manitoba's MPNP contribute significantly to Canada's economic stability and cultural diversity," he stated.

Who is impacted by this Policy?

Individuals currently in the Manitoba Skilled Worker Expression of Interest pool whose work permits are set to expire in 2024. These are primarily Post-Graduation Work Permit holders currently in the Manitoba Skilled Worker Provincial Nominee Program pool.

Open letter by Honorable Minister, Marc Miller

Key highlights:

  • The province currently employs 6,700 temporary workers whose work permits are set to expire in 2024. Recognizing their significant contribution, Manitoba requested federal support for extending their work authorization.

  • To this effect, Minister Marc Miller has announced a new public policy to issue time-limited open work permit to temporary residents currently within the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program's (PNP) Expression of Interest pool and hold a work permit expiring this 2024.

  • It is important to note that the validity of this open work permit is two years and all eligible candidates are expected to receive an official nomination for permanent residency within this timeframe.

  • Marc Miller also expressed openness to exploring similar solutions with other provinces and territories facing labor market needs.

Further details regarding the application process and eligibility criteria for the open work permits will be communicated soon, therefore, we encourage interested individuals to monitor official channels for forthcoming updates.

How We Can Help:

If you are interested in living or studying in Manitoba, we invite you to book a consultation with our experienced team. During this session, we'll assess your eligibility, discuss the recent changes, and provide insights into the application process.


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