Skilled Workers in Manitoba (SWM)

Skilled Workers in Manitoba(SWM)


What is SWM

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba category (SWM), hereinafter referred to as the SWM category, is one of the MPNP programs based on the needs of Manitoba employers and driven by the local labor market. This category selects skilled workers who are internationally trained, experienced, and possess the skills required in the local labour market, and then nominate them for Canadian PR permanent resident status to settle and work in Manitoba. Applicants nominated in this category have sufficient skills, education and training, work experience, and proficiency in an official language through continued employment and have strong ties to Manitoba to make a direct and ongoing impact on the Manitoba economy and community contribute.

SWM Categories

Skilled Workers in Manitoba can be divided into the following two categories:

  • Manitoba Work Experience Pathway
  • Employer Direct Recruitment Pathway


Manitoba Work Experience Pathway

  • The temporary foreign worker has been in Manitoba for at least 6 months in a job on the Manitoba Shortage Occupation List;
  • International students who graduated from Manitoba have worked in Manitoba for at least 6 months on the Manitoba Demand Occupation List, and the work does not need to be related to the major they are studying;
  • International students who graduated from other provinces in Canada need to work in Manitoba for at least 12 months on the Manitoba shortage occupation list, and the occupation does not need to be related to the major;
  • The temporary foreign worker has been employed in Manitoba for at least 12 months in a job that is not on the Manitoba Shortage Occupation List;
  • Manitoba graduates who have worked in Manitoba for at least 12 months in a job that is not on the Manitoba Demand Occupation List;
  • Employer recruitment immigration programs require 2 years of work experience within 5 years, if less than 2 years, the employer will determine the relevant experience.

Additional work requirements:

  • The applicant must be living or working in Manitoba at the time of submitting the application;
  • Applicants need to hold a long-term full-time job offer that meets Manitoba’s work and salary standards;
  • The applicant’s working conditions are consistent with those of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and;
  • The applicant’s employment must not be home-based, part-time, temporary, seasonal or commission-based;

Language skill level:

  • A regulated occupation with at least CLB/NCLC 7;
  • Compulsory certification industry at least reach CLB/NCLC 6;
  • A minimum of CLB/NCLC 5 in all other NOC 0, A, B occupations;
  • A minimum of CLB/NCLC 4 for a semi-skilled worker (NOC Category C or D) occupation;
  • Adaptability: Applicants need to demonstrate the ability and willingness to live in Manitoba.


  • Applicants must have post-secondary or training experience relevant to the recruiting occupation or recognized by the employer;
  • The applicant is in an occupation requiring licensure or certification and must apply to a regulatory body for a qualification or skills assessment, or pass an examination by a regulatory body;
  • If the applicant is in a NOC C or D occupation, the MPNP may not require the applicant to have post-secondary experience, provided that the applicant has the vocational training required by the employer or NOC description.

Employer Qualifications: Employers must meet strategic recruiting qualifications.

Application Process

  1. Find an eligible employer company;
  2. Start work to accumulate experience (Graduates/technical workers in Manitoba need to work full-time in a shortage occupation for 6 months, graduates from other provinces need to work in a shortage occupation for 12 months, employer-based immigration programs require 2 years of work experience within 5 years, if Less than 2 years, the employer determines the relevant experience.);
  3. Submit the EOI scoring application after meeting the application conditions;
  4. After the EOI invitation is received, submit the Manitoba provincial nomination;
  5. Get a nominee certificate (about 2-6 months);
  6. Submit federal application for permanent residency and get immigration paper. (Approximately 12-16 months).


  1. No professional counterpart requirements, no occupational restriction requirements;
  2. 6 months for jobs in shortage occupations and 12 months for jobs in non-demand occupations;
  3. The provincial nominee immigration requirement score is relatively much lower than that of BC and Ontario;
  4. It is more suitable for applicants who are older and whose English proficiency is not high;

Submission Method

  • If you are nominated through the Fast Track channel, please be sure to apply through the online system.
  • If you nominated through the federal stage of provincial nomination, you can also apply on paper.


Q: Is it difficult to approve Manitoba provincial nominations?

A: Manitoba’s provincial nominee immigration requirement score is relatively low. Here is an example of the immigration score of skilled workers in Manitoba (SWM), the lowest score for “skilled workers in Manitoba” since the start of the epidemic at the end of February 2020, except for rounds #91/#92 in June 2020; October 2020 The #100 rounds of 2021; the #103 rounds in November; the #107 rounds in January 2021 and the #108 rounds in February 2021, until the end of 2021, the minimum score in the SMW category did not exceed 500 points. close. On January 13, 2022, the most recent immigration draw was only 459 points. The biggest breakthrough of this project is to obtain a Manitoba employer offer and work for 6 months – only this one can grant 500 points.

Q: What are the minimum English language requirements for Manitoba nominations?

A: The minimum requirement for IELTS G in Manitoba is 4.5/3.5/4/4 in listening, speaking, reading and writing, or no less than 4 in CELPIP.


Manitoba application fees:

  1. Provincial Nomination Stage: There is an application fee of CAD 500 for the skilled immigrant category and the international student category.
  2. Federal stage:
  • Application fee: CAD 825/person for main applicant and spouse; CAD 225/person for accompanying children under the age of 22.
  • Landing fee: CAD 500 per person for the main applicant and his/her spouse.
    (All prices are subject to change without prior notice. )

In addition to these ideas, there are some other expenses, such as attorney fees, notary fees, translation fees, and medical examination fees at the federal stage.



Processing Time

Program Categories Online
Canadian visa application processing time
Temporary Resident Visa
38 Days
Visitor Record
89 Days
Super Visa 73 Days
Study Permit Made Outside Canada
15 Weeks
Study Permit Made Intside Canada
12 Weeks
Study Permit Extension 44 Days
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Outside Canada 16 Weeks
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Inside Canada 90 Days
Briding Open Work Permit
90 Days
Canadian immigration application processing time
Express Entry
5 Months
Provincial Nominee Program
11 Months
Self-employed Immigration
51 Months
Federal Skilled Worker Program
5 Months
Start-up Visa
37 Months
Spouse/CommonLaw Sponsorship
11 Months
(Grand) Parents Sponsorship
20 Months
Canadian Citizenship/PR Card processing time
8 Months
PR Card
77 Days
PR Card Renewal
65 Days

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