Rural Northern Immigration Pilot

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Rural Northern Immigration Pilot



Rural Northern Immigration Pilot is a federal level pilot program. It applies the existing International Mobility Program policy in the selected communities. However, the objective is to attract and retain skilled immigrants and their family to settle in rural and northern communities.

There are 11 communities of Canada have participate this pilot program. Although applicant must have at least 1 year cumulative full-time work experience, exception applied to some international students who graduate in the community. Besides, applicant need to have Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree. Alternatively, applicant who have equivalent foreign educational credential may submit a Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report instead. Of most importance, a job offer from an employer whose workplace is located within the boundaries of the community is a must.  There also some extra requirements vary from different participated communities. With recommendation from the designated organization from the community, applicant will submit an application for permanent residence under this RNIP program.

Eligible applicants will apply work permit inside or outside of Canada. This work permit is LMIA-exempted, must apply online and can not apply at a port of entry. Applicant must demonstrate official language proficiency of CLB 4 for NOC C&D position, CLB 5 for NOC B and CLB 6 for NOC 0 or NOC A.

“Like most of other pilot programs ever existed, immigration Canada put genuine effort to help local economy with their immigration discretion power.” commented by Norman Luo, founder of  NLAi immigration services, a seasoned Immigration Consultant.

Participated Communities

  • Thunder Bay (Ontario)
  • Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
  • Sudbury (Ontario)
  • Timmins (Ontario)
  • North Bay (Ontario)
  • Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee (Manitoba)
  • Brandon (Manitoba), Moose Jaw (Saskatoon)
  • Claresholm (Alberta)
  • West Kootenay (British Columbia)
  • Vernon (British Columbia)

Work experience exemption

International students who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution in a participating RNIP community may be exempt from the work experience requirements if

    • (a) the student was enrolled as a full-time student during the entire period;
    • (b) graduated within 18 months prior to PR application;
    • (c) for master/doctoral degree less than two years, the student was physically present in the community for the whole duration of their studies; and
    • (d) for non-master/doctoral post-secondary education, program was at least a 2-year and during the 24 months immediately prior to graduation, the student was physically present in the community for at least 16 months.

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