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Manitoba’s Ukraine Special Draw #20 Issued 117 LAAs for Immigration Support

Austin Campbell



Manitoba's Ukraine Special Draw

Amidst the global challenges faced by Ukraine, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has stepped forward with empathy and action. The latest Manitoba’s Ukraine Special Draw #20 has seen Manitoba issue a notable 117 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) in a dedicated effort to support those affected by the ongoing situation.

Let’s delve into the details of this compassionate initiative and explore the broader landscape of Manitoba immigration.

Manitoba’s Ukraine Special Draw

The province on Dec 4, 2023, initiated a special draw targeted specifically at individuals impacted by events in Ukraine. The draw, labeled Ukraine Special Draw #20, witnessed the issuance of 117 LAAs.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants needed to meet specific criteria, including Ukrainian citizenship, language proficiency, a connection to Manitoba, a valid language test, scoring at least 60 points in the MPNP assessment, and meeting other requirements of the Skilled Worker Overseas pathway.

This special draw follows another proactive step taken by Manitoba on November 3, 2023, where the province issued 36 LAAs. This sequential approach emphasizes Manitoba’s dedication to providing inclusive pathways for immigration.

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Manitoba PNP Points

Understanding Manitoba PNP points is vital for prospective immigrants. For Skilled Worker in Manitoba and Skilled Worker Overseas streams, a minimum of 60 points out of 100 is required. Criteria may adjust based on Manitoba’s Economic and Labour market needs.

In contrast, the International Graduate Stream has no specific minimum points requirement. Eligibility hinges on completing a full-time academic program in Manitoba and securing a job offer. The Manitoba PNP points calculator is crucial for navigating these complexities.

Securing a Manitoba PNP nomination is a significant milestone, adding 600 CRS points. This expedites Canada PR visa processing, offering nominated candidates a favorable position for faster immigration.

Family Reunification Policy

Beyond provincial efforts, the federal Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a temporary public policy to aid families affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This policy, initiated on October 23, 2023, aligns with the supportive approach demonstrated by provinces like Manitoba, fostering a holistic immigration environment during challenging times.

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In conclusion, Manitoba’s compassionate outreach through initiatives like the Ukraine Special Draw exemplifies the province’s role as a responsive and supportive destination for immigrants. These efforts not only contribute to the broader landscape of Canadian immigration but also showcase the human-centric approach that defines Manitoba’s immigration policies.

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