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Immigration Measures for Typhoon Victims: What is Manitoba really doing?

On Friday, the Government of Manitoba issued this press release indicating that current Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program applications from areas affected by typhoon Haiyan would be processed within two weeks and that new applications will be processed on a priority basis.  However, on the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program’s website, the MPNP says that “this humanitarian initiative effects only MPNP applications that were already submitted by residents of islands such as Tacloban.

 

So, which is it?

 

Clearly, what is consistent in both announcements is that individuals who are already in the system will get expedited processing.  But will applicants not in the system get expedited processing or not?  Essentially, which news release should we believe?

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About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.

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