Manitoba has unveiled two new “fast track” immigration pathways for international graduates of post-secondary institutions in the province.
The International Student Entrepreneur Pathway is for international graduates who have completed a minimum two-year program at a Manitoba post-secondary institution and who want to establish and operate a business in Manitoba. Candidates are expected to invest in and actively manage the business.
Those selected under the International Student Entrepreneur Pathway will receive a temporary work permit as part of a two-year pilot program, the Government of Manitoba says.
The Graduate Internship Pathway is for international students who have completed either a Master’s or Doctoral degree at a university in the province within three years and an eligible internship.
Both pathways are designed “to attract and retain more talented innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the world,” Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Training, Kelvin Goertzen said.
“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.”