FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS for MCDII'S SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM
We recieve a high volume of questions about immigration. If you have a question about the program or applications. Before contacting us, please ensure that your question is not answered in another part of this website. Here are some common themes:
Qualifications for MCDII's Skilled Worker Program
Applications will not be considered if they do not meet minimum qualifications.In order to qualify you must meet basic eligibity.
Who is chosen for your program?
Due to the very small size of our program, we are only able to choose and support a small percentage of received applications. We choose applicants based on minimum qualifications, occupational experience, and ability to adapt to climate, culture, and genuine intention on living and working in Morden.
Are there any exceptions to needing an IELTS test?
A language test result is required, even if English or French is your first language. Must be IELTS, CELPIP or TEF/TCF.
We accept applications from citizens of any country, male or female, single or as a family unit.
Although anyone is able to apply, those with experience in our targeted occupations have a much greater chance of selection.
Can you evaluate my resume or CV before I apply?
Due to time constraints, we are unable to give an evaluation of your qualifications before you send your completed application. Please carefully read our minimum qualifications before deciding whether to apply.
What are your targeted occupations?
Preference will be given to applicants with recent experience in one of the following:
NOC 7312 Heavy Duty Mechanic (with experience in large trucks and agricultural equipment) (no express entry required)
NOC 7237 Welders (no express entry required)
NOC 3236 Massage Therapists (Express entry required)
NOC 9536 Industrial painter (no express entry required)
NOC 9526 Mechanical Assembler (especially trailer assembly) (no express entry required)
NOC 9437 Woodworking machine operators (no express entry required)
Logistics (express entry required)
Technical Sales / Wholesale Sales (express entry required)
Applying to the MCDII Skilled Worker Program
How long do I have to wait to know if I am selected for Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative?
After you send your application by email, you will receive an email stating at which time your application will be reviewed. It is usually within one month from submission.
How long does the whole process take?
The length of the entire process depends on many things, including the length of time it takes you to obtain a TRV and come on an exploratory visit after invitation, how long MPNP takes with your application (approximately 3-6 months), how long your local Canadian embassy takes at the federal stage (timelines per embassy can be found at www.cic.gc.ca).
What is the cost?
There is no cost to apply for Morden’s support. If you are invited for an exploratory visit, all travel and accommodation cost would be your responsibility. There is also no cost to apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
Can I apply while in Canada?
In order to protect the integrity and efficiency of our program, applicants must apply from outside of Canada. We will not consider an applicant for an exploratory visit or assist them in setting up an MPNP interview if they arrive in Morden without a formal invitation for exploratory visit.
Is your program still running?
Is there a deadline by which to apply?
Our program continues to accept applications. There is no deadline by which to apply, however minimum qualifications and program criteria change on occasion.
How do I apply?
*** We are not affiliated with any Immigration Representative nor do we give preferential treatment to applicants who have hired an Immigration Representative. However, if you do choose to have your paperwork completed by an Immigration Representative, please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/representative/index.asp for information on making an informed choice. ***
Exploratory Visits to Canada
Is an exploratory visit mandatory for the MCDII skilled worker program?
Yes, an exploratory visit is mandatory for the MCDII skilled worker program unless you have already been interviewed by a MPNP officer and given an invitation to apply.
Please note that although many exploratory visitors seek future employment while they are on their exploratory visit, the main purpose of the visit is not to secure employment. A successful visit is one in which you are able to pass the MPNP interview.
Arriving in Canada
What is the purpose of an exploratory visit?
There are a couple reasons for an exploratory visit:
At the end of the visit, you will have an interview with an MPNP officer in Winnipeg. During the week, you will prepare for this interview by gathering needed information and impressions. This is a very important interview in your immigration process.
If you apply to MPNP with Morden’s support, you will be expected to live in Morden on your arrival. An exploratory visit gives you a chance to determine whether Morden is the right location to settle your family in the future.
Where will I live when I first arrive in Morden?
We will help you arrange temporary accommodation in Morden’s Transition Apartments, a host family, or a hotel.
Do I have to live and work in Morden?
As an applicant who has been supported through the immigration process by the City of Morden, you have declared your intention to live and work in Morden when you arrive. We will do everything we can to assist you in your successful settlement here.
For additional information on settlement in Morden, please refer to this resource:
What help will I receive when I arrive permanently?
When you arrive, you will receive information ahead of time that will help you arrange some things in advance. Once you are in Morden, you will receive an intake appointment with “Regional Connections”, an office who will help you with all you will need including registering children for school, tax forms, health insurance application, permanent accommodation, English classes and any other questions you may have. You can also request to have a community volunteer give you individualized assistance on your arrival.
Who to Contact
NOTE: Morden Immigration does not accept telephone inquiries from applicants, instead please correspond by email if your questions are not answered on our website.
Only people who have been formally authorized by the applicant may communicate with the program about a Morden Immigration application.