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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

RNIP Program Requirements

Before you submit an application for consideration to any of the participating communities, ensure that you have complied with all the IRCC requirements first.

IRCC requires each candidate to have the work experience, language skills, proof of funds, education, and an offer of employment.

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE (WITH EXEMPTIONS)

  • You must have kept a job for at least 12 months within the last three years and the total number of hours that you worked should be no less than 1,560 hours.
  • This 1,560 hours can be either a combination of part-time and full-time hours if you've had multiple employers, for as long as the job duties and responsibilities you performed are identical.
  • The location where you accumulated this 12 months of work experience can be either inside or outside Canada. If you worked inside Canada, you must have had the authorization to work.

Exemption from the Work Experience Requirement

You will be exempted from the work experience requirement if you studied in the community recommending you for permanent residence, and you graduated from a post-secondary program or you received a master's degree or higher. Your school must have been a publicly funded institution. If you graduated from a post-secondary program:

  • The length of the program must have been two years or longer
  • You were a full-time student for the whole duration of your studies
  • You must submit an application for permanent residence within 18 months of the date you completed your post-secondary education
  • You must have lived in the community recommending you for permanent residence for at least 16 months of the last 24 months spent on completing your post-secondary education. Or you must have lived in the community for the entire time you were studying to get your master's degree or higher.
  • You are not eligible if more than half of the program you completed contained English or French language courses, or it was mostly distance learning, or you are a scholar required to return to your home country.

OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT

When you are looking for a job in one of the communities listed above with the intention of submitting an application under the RNIP Program. You will need to do the following checks:

  • The job you are applying for must be for a full-time position - this means at least 30 paid hours per week.
  • It cannot be seasonal - this means you have to be working the entire year.
  • The job must be for a permanent position.
  • The wages must be more than the published minimum wage for that particular position in the area.
  • Once you receive an offer of employment, you will need to prove to IRCC that you are capable of performing the duties and responsibilities of the position that's been offered to you.

MINIMUM LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

If your job offer falls under NOC 0 or NOC A, your language test results must be equivalent to at least a CLB/NCLC level 6 (refer to table below):

Individuals coming to CanadaFunds required per yearFunds required per month
You (the student)$11,000$917
First family member (18 and over)$5,100$425
First family member (below 18)$3,800$317
Each additional accompanying family member (18 or over)$5,125$427
Each additional accompanying family member (below 18)$1,903$159

If your job offer falls under NOC B, your language test results must be equivalent to at least a CLB/NCLC level 5 (refer to table below):

Individuals coming to CanadaFunds required per yearFunds required per month
You (the student)$10,000$833
First family member$4,000$333
Each additional accompanying family member$3,000$255

If your job offer falls under NOC C or NOC D, your language test results must be equivalent to at least a CLB/NCLC level 4 (refer to table below):

Type of ApplicationProfessional FeesGovernment Fees
Atlantic ImmigrationCAD$1500Adult: CAD$1040 | Child: CAD$150
Caregiver (Occupation-specific work permit + PR application)CAD$1500Adult: CAD$1040 | Child: CAD$150
Citizenship ApplicationCAD$1000CAD$630
Criminal RehabilitationCAD$2000CAD$200 or CAD$1000
Employer-specific work permit applicationCAD$1000CAD$155 per position
Express EntryCAD$1500Adult: CAD$1040 | Child: CAD$150
LMIACAD$2000$1000 per position
Open Work Permit Application for spouseCAD$1000CAD$255 + CAD$85 (if biometrics is required)
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa - 1 or 2 applicants and dependentsCAD$1500CAD$100 per applicant
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa - 2 applicantsCAD$1250CAD$100 per applicant + CAD$85 per applicant (if biometrics is required)
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa with previous refusalCAD$1200CAD$100 per applicant + CAD$85 per applicant (if biometrics is required)
Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship - 1 or 2 applicantsCAD$2500Adult: CAD$1040 | Child: CAD$150
Spousal Sponsorship (including eligible dependents, if any)CAD$1500Adult: CAD$1040 | Child: CAD$150
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) / Visitor VisaCAD$1000CAD$100 per applicant + CAD$85 per applicant (if biometrics is required)
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) with previous refusalCAD$1200CAD$100 per applicant + CAD$85 per applicant (if biometrics is required)
Other immigration servicescase-by-case basisvaries

PROOF OF FUNDS REQUIREMENT

The amounts are valid from January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The numbers increase slightly each year, ensure that your funds do not go below the required minimumNote: New figures will come out in the beginning of 2021, bookmark this page to check again later.

Number of Family MembersSettlement Funds Required
1 person$8,922
2 persons$11,107
3 persons$13,654
4 persons$16,579
5 persons$18,803
6 persons$21,207
7 persons or more$23,611

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

You must have a Canadian high school diploma. If you went to school outside of Canada, you must secure an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from an IRCC designated organization. This ECA report must state that you foreign education in Canada is equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma or higher. For more information about getting an ECA report, click here.


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