Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program: Other situations

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

Adding a family member

Only the principal applicant must be named in the community recommendation [IMM 0112]. If the applicant’s family composition changes during processing, the applicant must inform IRCC, but there is no need for a new or amended community recommendation.

During processing, a principal applicant can add a new family member as a dependent, such as a newborn child or a new spouse or common-law partner. The applicant may also request that a family member originally declared as non-accompanying be included as accompanying.

Officers should not process a request to add a spouse or child (as an accompanying dependent) if the principal applicant does not appear to meet the eligibility requirements.

If the applicant will meet the eligibility requirements and wants to add their family member(s) to the application, the following must be submitted by the principal applicant:

Once all the required forms and applicable fees have been submitted, the officer will

Note: The principal applicant can submit a request to add a family member by submitting a case-specific enquiry through the IRCC web form.

Changing immigration categories

An applicant who has applied in another category and who is subsequently recommended by the economic development organization of a participating community must submit a new application under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program. In such a case, the following applies:

Changing employers

An applicant who has a permanent residence application in process may obtain a new genuine offer of employment only under the following circumstances:

Revocation of recommendation

Applications that have been put into processing should be refused if the community revokes the recommendation.

Applications that have not been put into processing should be returned to the applicant if the community revokes the recommendation.

The designated economic development organization of a participating community will inform IRCC immediately of the revocation of a recommendation and update the record of recommendation in the affected files.

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