Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Meet the requirements

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, you must meet all these requirements. You must

Recommendation from a designated community

You must get a recommendation from 1 of the communities participating in the pilot.

They decide who to recommend based on

When communities are ready to begin recruiting and recommending candidates, more information will be available.

Work experience

You need 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years.

To calculate your hours of work experience

Your work experience must include

You can see what duties are involved by searching your job title on the NOC web page.

Job offer

You must have a genuine job offer to work in 1 of the participating communities.

The job you’re offered must meet all of these requirements

Skill level

Your job offer must be at the same skill level, 1 level above or 1 level below the NOC that applies to your work experience.

However, if your experience is in NOC skill level D, then the job you’re being offered must be in the same occupation.

For example

We’ll review the main duties of your job offer to confirm that it meets the NOC skill level.

International students

You’re exempt from the work experience criteria above if you’re an international student who graduated with

  1. A credential from a 2+ year-long post-secondary program and you
    1. were studying as a full-time student for the full duration of the 2+ years
    2. received the credential within 18 months before your application for permanent residence
    3. were in the community for at least 16 months of the last 24 months spent studying to obtain your credential


  2. A master’s degree or higher and you
    1. were studying as a full-time student for the duration of your degree
    2. obtained your degree within 18 months before your application
    3. were in the community for the length of your studies

You cannot apply as an international student if your credentials are from a program in which

What is a credential?

Credential here means a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship from a Canadian publicly funded institution in the community recommending you. You must also have had valid temporary resident status for the duration of your studies.

Language requirements

You must meet the minimum language requirements based on the NOC category that applies to the job offer in the community. This can either be the:

The minimum language requirements for each NOC category are

You must submit your results from a designated language test. These results must be less than 2 years old when you apply.

Find out more about language testing.

Educational requirements

You must have

Settlement funds

Unless you’re already working legally in Canada when you apply, you must prove you have enough money to support yourself and any family members while you get settled in your community.

You must prove you have enough money to support any family members you may have, even if they’re not coming to Canada with you.

Find out more about settlement funds.

Intend to live in the community

To participate in the pilot, you must plan to live in the community.

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