Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program: Putting an application into processing
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
Following a positive completeness check, the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney (CIO-S) does the following:
- creates a file in the Global Case Management System (GCMS)
- in the “Category” field in GCMS, enters “RNP” for a Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP) application
- cost recovers the applicable processing fees and enters confirmation in GCMS
- records the GCMS file number on the paper file
- sends an acknowledgment of receipt to the applicant informing them that their file has been placed into processing
- transfers the paper file to the processing office in accordance with existing file transfer policies
- transfers the electronic file to the processing office in GCMS by making that office the primary office for processing
Once an application for the RNIP Program has been assessed as complete under section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), the application is put into processing.
Note: If the biometric fee has not been paid and the CIO-S has sent the biometric fee payment letter, the application is put into processing and the processing office sends the biometric instructions letter (BIL) once the applicant has submitted the biometric fee.
Processing family members
The CIO-S receives and triages all applications submitted under the RNIP Program. The application is transferred to the relevant processing office, where both the principal applicant and all family members are processed.
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