Apply for visa

AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED by the MPNP follow the instructions on this page to correctly apply for your Canadian permanent resident visa.

MPNP applicants are nominated only upon receiving an approval letter in their name from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

The MPNP approval letter is an official government document. Make copies, for your personal records and for you to submit the letter as a (required) document with your visa application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

All nominees must note that: By applying to CIC for permanent resident status as a Manitoba nominee you are obliged to live, work and settle in Manitoba; Manitoba reserves the right to withdraw your nomination at any time before you become a permanent resident of Canada.

VISA APPLICATION STEPS are detailed and the PDF application package can be downloaded at CIC: Apply for Permanent Residence: Provincial Nominees.

There are specific steps to be follow by Manitoba nominees:

  • You must include a copy of your MPNP approval letter in your PR visa application.

  • Follow all directions in your approval letter, paying particular attention to the date: your nomination is valid for six months.

  • You must submit to CIC your visa application, complete with CIC fees, before your nomination expires; if you do not, CIC will not accept your application.

  • During the visa process you must notify both CIC and the MPNP of address or family changes.

  • Nominees currently working in Manitoba: do not let your work permit expire; follow instructions BELOW.

  • Once you receive from CIC your permanent resident status you must notify the MPNP.

What to expect after you registered mail/courier your completed application to CIC’s centralized intake office (CIO)

If the CIO accepts your application as complete they will send you a file number and tell you your next steps, including which Canadian visa office will process your application.

Status updates: Use your file number to check online your application status. (Do not contact the MPNP: authority for, and information about visa applications rests solely with CIC.)

The visa office processing your application will advise you when you and your dependants must get a medical exam and obtain a police certificate. (Wait for CIC instructions because, for example, your doctor cannot provide this service.)

What to do while waiting for visa processing

Be sure to re-visit the MPNP website to take advantage of resources to help you settle in your community or, if you’re overseas, to prepare yourself to move and successfully find and job and adjust to life upon arrival in Manitoba.

  1. Currently Working in Manitoba: Don’t let your work permit expire. Be prepared to apply for another permit or for an extension while your PR application is being processed. (The same applies to nominees living here on visitor, student and other permits.) Report any employment changes to the MPNP, ex: layoff or changing employers.

  2. Skilled Workers Overseas: Don’t arrange to move (or quit your job, etc.) until after CIC officially informs you of receiving Canadian permanent resident status.

What happens on completion of PR visa application process

The visa office will contact you and ask you to send your passport. The visa office will return it to the address you provided, with a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa stamp.

When you enter Canada you’ll be given a Record of Landing. (Like your MPNP approval letter, this is an important document: you will need it to apply later for your Permanent Resident Card.

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