Once you have received by mail a Letter of Approval from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program you are a Manitoba provincial nominee.
Nomination means that the Province of Manitoba has formally recommended to the Government of Canada that you and your family (eligible accompanying dependants) receive Canadian permanent resident status.
Your next step is to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for your permanent resident visa.
Application forms and instructions are on the CIC website.
Important: Do not quit your job or sell your possessions until you successfully complete the visa application process. You must submit a separate application to CIC because it is the Government of Canada that has the sole authority to approve or refuse and to issue Canadian permanent resident visas, ensuring all applicants meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The application process includes submitting forms and personal documents as well as undergoing security, criminal and medical checks.
As a Manitoba nominee your permanent resident application will receive expedited processing by CIC. Being approved by the MPNP means we have already sent CIC your Certificate of Nomination. With your Letter of Approval we included a special label for the envelope you send to CIC that identifies you as a Manitoba applicant.
Visa application process
- Your application for permanent residence must be received by CIC before the expiry date indicated on your Letter of Approval.
- You must complete all visa application forms and include all documents according to the instructions on the CIC website.
- Place your MPNP Letter of Approval on top of your package. Affix the green label (enclosed) to the outside of the envelope and mail it to CIC.
- CIC will send you confirmation of having received your application and processing fee.
- CIC will inform you when to undergo the required medical exam. Arrange for this exam as soon as (but not before) requested by CIC.
- CIC may contact you for more information or ask you to provide further documentation. In some cases you may be asked to appear at a Canadian visa office for an interview.
- Upon approval of your application CIC will send you a letter with instructions to submit your passport(s) and additional photos.
- CIC will then return the passport(s) to you with your Canadian permanent resident visa(s).
- Upon receiving your visa, finalize your travel arrangements to Manitoba.
- Report any changes:
- Family status: If your marital status changes or you have a child, you must inform CIC as soon as possible. Follow the instructions on the CIC website. Failure to do so before you leave your home country could result in cancellation of your visa and/or your ability to sponsor these family members at a later date.
- Address: If you move you must notify CIC and the MPNP.
- Processing times: You can check the status of your application online at CIC.
Further note that:
- By applying for permanent resident status as a Manitoba provincial nominee you are obliged to live, work and settle in Manitoba.
- Manitoba reserves the right to withdraw your certificate at any time before you become a permanent resident of Canada. (ex: if the applicant has provided false or misleading information or no longer meets the criteria under which he or she was nominated)
- Applicants falsely declaring their intent to live and work in Manitoba or who provide false or misleading information or documents in their applications may also be subject to enforcement action by the Government of Canada before and after a permanent resident visa is issued.
- You must pay the required Government of Canada immigration fees and meet statutory requirements for medical and criminal admissibility.
- If you withdraw your application, note that Canada does not refund fees.
Stay in contact
During processing: Regularly visit the Prepare to Move section of immigratemanitoba.com for helpful information and updates.
Contact the MPNP directly regarding:
- the date your visa is issued
- your travel plans for coming to Manitoba
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 204-948-2256.
Upon arrival: Visit Manitoba Start, the MPNP’s information and referral service for new immigrants to Winnipeg, or the service in your local community.
Upon arrival: Information on arrival, settlement, employment and language-training services for New Manitobans, see Arrive & Settle.
We look forward to welcoming you to Manitoba.