Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP): Admissibility and making a final decision

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Determining admissibility

Once the office has determined that an applicant is a member of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program as established under section 14.1 of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), the principal applicant and their family members, whether accompanying or not, must complete medical examinations and pass criminal and security checks.

For detailed information about determining admissibility, refer to ENF 2 / OP 18: Evaluating Inadmissibility.

Approving the application

Applicant in Canada

If an officer approves an application from a temporary resident in Canada who is a member of a program referred to in paragraph 70(2)(a) or (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), they will

The remainder of the process is completed by an IRCC inland officer, who does the following:

Note: If, during a landing appointment, the principal applicant informs the IRCC inland office that they would like to change the status of one or more of their family members (for example, from non-accompanying to accompanying) and there is no indication that the processing office has been informed of this change, the officer must cancel the appointment and advise the principal applicant that their landing will be deferred until further review. The officer must then send this new information to the appropriate processing office.

Applicant outside of Canada

For applicants who are living outside of Canada,

The remainder of the process is completed at the visa office, which does the following, when applicable:

A permanent resident visa counterfoil must not be issued to applicants whose passport was issued by a visa-exempt country identified in paragraphs R190(1)(a) or (b) or 190(2)(b) – (f), or subsection R190(2.1). However, officers may request to see the applicant’s original passport in these cases.

Approved applicants must present their COPR and permanent resident visa counterfoil (if applicable) to an officer at a Canadian port of entry [R71.1(1)].

Note: The offer of employment [IMM 5984] must remain valid or the applicant must be occupying the position of employment, the community recommendation [IMM 0112] must not be revoked, and the designated economic development organization must still be in good standing at the time the visa is issued.
Note: In certain cases, it is possible that a fee line will not be automatically generated by the system. The officer will have to create the RPRF record, then pay and complete the fees. Then they will be able to generate the COPR.

Refusing the application

When a case is refused, the processing officer does the following:

Unauthorized work experience

While participating communities do not consider unauthorized work experience in Canada as qualifying for community recommendation under the RNIP, it is possible that a person who has worked in Canada without authorization could be recommended by a designated economic development organization of a participating community. Despite being issued a community recommendation [IMM 0112], a person who has worked in Canada without authorization has failed to comply with subsection A30(1), and on that basis could be found inadmissible under section A41. For more details on inadmissibility for non-compliance, see ENF 2 / OP 18: Evaluating Inadmissibility.

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