Apply for Permanent Residence

After you are nominated by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (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 Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Visa application steps are detailed and the PDF application package can be downloaded at IRCC > Apply for Permanent Residence > Provincial Nominees.

By applying to IRCC 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.

IRCC application tutorial shows you how to complete your application forms correctly and avoid common errors that cause delays.

Specific steps for Manitoba provincial 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 IRCC your visa application, complete with IRCC fees, before your nomination expires; if you do not, IRCC will not accept your application.
  • During the visa process, you must notify both IRCC and the MPNP at of address or family changes.
  • Nominees currently working in Manitoba: do not let your work permit expire; follow instructions below.
  • Once you receive from IRCC your permanent resident status, you must notify the MPNP at

What to expect after applying to IRCC'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 IRCC.)

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 IRCC 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 a 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 (e.g., layoff or changing employers).
  2. Skilled Workers Overseas: Don't arrange to move (or quit your job, etc.) until after IRCC officially informs you of receiving Canadian permanent resident status.

Note: You are advised to keep a copy of your MPNP application. You will be required to submit the same information provided in your MPNP application to IRCC when completing your Permanent Residence Visa application. However, in cases in which the information has changed substantially from the time of the Nomination Application and Application for Permanent Residence, you must provide a copy of the relevant changes to the MPNP. If you fail to advise the MPNP of the changes to your information, the MPNP reserves the right to withdraw the nomination.