Canada announces First-Ever Express Entry invitations for skilled newcomers with STEM experience

On May 8, 2024, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller, announced a significant decision by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to extend the temporary resident status of selected candidates under Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program. This decision affects those with expiring work permits in 2024, particularly post-graduation work permit holders who are part of the Manitoba Skilled Worker Provincial Nominee Program Expression of Interest pool. These skilled workers are crucial to filling key job vacancies and enhancing Manitoba’s economic and cultural landscape. The temporary extension will impact 6,700 workers, allowing them to continue their employment in the province while their permanent residency applications are processed, with the aim of transitioning them to permanent residents within two years.

IRCC’s commitment extends beyond this immediate measure, focusing on stabilizing the pathway from temporary to permanent residence to support Canada’s labor market and reduce the proportion of temporary residents. This approach is part of a broader strategy to collaborate with other provinces and territories, enhancing Canada’s regional economic immigration programs which contribute to its economic stability and cultural diversity. Minister Miller and other officials express ongoing support for initiatives that facilitate the integration of skilled workers into the Canadian workforce, emphasizing the importance of such measures in meeting local and national economic needs while fostering a diverse and dynamic community.

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David H. Davis is the founder and owner of Davis Immigration Law Office. He and his team can be reached by email at: on the web at or by phone at 204-956-2336 extension 208. David has over 33 years of legal experience in Canadian immigration legal matters.