INTRODUCING GRADUATES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

Three new distinct Canadian immigration pathways have been introduced by the province of Manitoba. The Manitoba International Education Stream has been known to be dedicated in helping international graduates remain in the province as permanent residents as its intention is to provide a faster route to Canadian permanent resident status for international graduates studied at the University there. The three pathways under the Manitoba International Education steam are:

  1. Career Employment Pathway
  2. Graduate Internship pathway
  3. Student Entrepreneur Pathway

The criteria for the International Graduate pathway and Student Entrepreneur pathway of the Manitoba International Education Stream came into effect on November 1, 2018, with criteria for the Career Employment pathway having come into effect on November 30, 2018.

MANITOBA GRADUATE INTERNSHIP PATHWAY

The Manitoba Graduate Internship Pathway provides faster nomination pathways for international students graduating from a Master’s or Doctoral (Ph.D.) study program who then complete an internship contributing to industry innovation in Manitoba.

International graduates of study programs outside Manitoba will not be eligible under this stream. However, if you studied elsewhere in Canada and are now working in Manitoba, or have a job offer from a Manitoba employer, there may still be options for you to apply under other streams, including the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream.

MANITOBA STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR PATHWAY

The Manitoba International Student Entrepreneur Pathway provides international students who have graduated in Manitoba the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship rather than employment. Once the applicant meets the conditions of their Business Performance Agreement, they are nominated for permanent residence.

“By providing students a fast track to nomination for permanent residency, we hope to attract and retain more talented innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the world,” said Manitoba Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen on November 1, 2018. “International students bring new ideas, global connections, and an entrepreneurial spirit to our province and when they create opportunities for themselves, Manitoba becomes more competitive and innovative.”

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