Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
This section describes how to process applications for permanent residence submitted by applicants in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program through the paper-based or online application process.
The RNIP is an economic pilot program targeted to foreign nationals who have received a recommendation from a participating community and obtained a job offer within the same community’s boundaries; who meet minimum education, work experience, language proficiency, and settlement fund requirements; and who intend to reside in the recommending community.
- Application process and who can apply
- Completeness check upon receipt
- Putting an application into processing
- Assessing the application against selection criteria – Applications locked-in before September 23, 2022
- Assessing the application against selection criteria – Applications locked-in on or after September 23, 2022, and before November 16th, 2022
- Assessing the application against selection criteria – Applications locked-in on or after November 16, 2022
- Community boundaries
- Ability to become economically established
- Other situations
- Employer-specific work permits
- Open work permits for spouses or common-law partners
- Admissibility and making a final decision
- Examination before granting permanent residence
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