F.A.Q

Basics:

Yes. All applicants must create a candidate profile on NorthStar – www.northstarats.com/RNIP-Vernon. You will need to upload all of the application documents to your candidate profile. 

No. Applicants may apply from within Canada or outside of Canada.

Yes. All jobs and levels in the NOC (National Occupational Classification) are included in this pilot. 

No. Candidates have to prove 1 year (or 1560 hours) of full-time or part-time equivalent work experience within the past 3 years from anywhere in the world. 

No. After you receive Community Recommendation and apply for PR, you will be able to apply for a RNIP specific work permit, if necessary. 

Employment:

No. Only businesses described in the Community Criteria can be approved as a RNIP employer. Businesses can become a part of the pilot by becoming RNIP approved. Applicants can receive a Community Recommendation only after the business meets the Criteria. 

Yes. Candidates may apply for jobs in the community that are not posted on the RNIP North Okanagan Shuswap job board. 

If candidates receive an offer for a job that is not approved by the Committee, candidates must ask the potential employer to contact the rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com email to start the approval process. 

All jobs posted on the RNIP board are from approved employers. 

The list of approved employers is not publicly available. Applicants can apply for any jobs that are available in the community and if the employer does not participate in the RNIP program, they can contact rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com to start the approval process. 

The Priority NOC Codes are eligible for faster processing due to an increased demand for employees in these sectors in our communities. 

As of May 1st 2023, the Committee will consider all NOC codes in the following major groups as priority NOCs. These NOC codes are exempt from the annual employer cap. 
 

As of October 1st 2023, the Committee will consider the following NOC codes as priority NOCS: 

  •  All NOC codes under the following TEER levels are considered priority EXCLUDING those that come from NAICS 722512, 44711 & 44719 (Fast Food and Gas Stations):
      • TEER 0 (Management Occupations)
      • TEER 1 (Occupations that usually require a University degree)
  • The following specific NOC codes are considered priority EXCLUDING those that come from NAICS 722512, 44711 & 44719 (Fast Food and Gas Stations):
      • 12011 – Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
      • 12200 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 
      • 13100 – Administrative officers
      • 13102 – Payroll administrators
      • 14200 – Accounting and related clerks
      • 14400 – Shippers and receivers
      • 52100 – Library and public archive technicians
      • 62200 – Chefs
      • 63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale 
      • 63202 – Bakers
      • 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
      • 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
      • 94103 – Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
      • 94106 – Machining tool operators 
      • 94219 – Other product assemblers, finishers and operators 
      • 95101 – Labourers in metal fabrication 
      • 95103 – Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing 
      • 95104 – Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing 
      • 95106 – Labourers in food and beverage processing

Community Recommendations:

Due to the Priority NOCs, it is not guaranteed when the application will be presented to the Recommendation Committee. We currently have a waitlist for Community Recommendation. 

No, candidates need to wait for an interview and receive a job offer from the employer. They can then submit their application in full as per the instructions found under “Application Process” on this website. 

Yes. All applicants must have a permanent, full-time job offer from a business in the community.

A. Candidates living OR working OR studying in the community for the past 6 months need a job offer with a minimum wage of $18 per hour PLUS they must get 30+ points on our Comprehensive Ranking System.

B. Candidates living out of our community (inside or outside of Canada) need to have a job offer of a minimum wage of $23 per hour and they do not need to meet a points minimum on our Comprehensive Ranking System. 

Yes. If the position you have been offered/are currently working at is an approved job within the community boundaries, you can apply for Community Recommendation.

If your employer is not yet an approved RNIP employer, please have them reach out to rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com in order to start the approval process. 

Only one recommendation can be applied for at a time. If necessary, the candidate may be able to re-apply for another Community Recommendation but there is a maximum of 2 recommendations per candidate in the North Okanagan Shuswap RNIP community regardless of the reason they may be seeking a second recommendation. 

Forms/Deadlines:

The IRCC is experiencing issues with some of their forms. Please refer to this IRCC Guide for instructions on how to successfully download the necessary forms. 

The last month the Committee shall issue a recommendation is February 2024. The pilot will officially end August 2024 to allow for a 6 month validity period for the recommendations. Applicants should send in their applications as soon as they are complete. 

When your application is complete, and all of the necessary documents have been uploaded to your profile including your IMM 5984 Offer of Employment from an approved employer, please email rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com to let us know. 

After we receive this email, your application will be forwarded on to the appropriate RNIP Coordinator for review and if complete, your application will be added to the waitlist for Community Recommendation. 

All forms and documents must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the Committee meeting in order to be considered for that months recommendations. For a full schedule of 2023 deadline dates for the document submissions, please refer to “Resources for Applicants.”

Previous version of the RNIP forms issued before the September and November 2022 updates will continue to be accepted by IRCC. However, if an employer signs an Offer of Employment form on or after November 16th 2022, then the employer and/or the applicant should ensure they are using the most up-to-date versions of the forms. 

After an applicant receives a Community Recommendation, Permanent Residency applications are usually processed within 12 months if the application is submitted to the IRCC in full. 

COVID-19 Information

Apr 9, 2020

If you are wondering how the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services in Canada, please visit the Government of Canada web page at  https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19.html

The Canada coronavirus webpage includes information about:

  • COVID-19  cases in Canada, prevention and risk
  • Travel restrictions and travel documents,
  • Immigration applicants
  • Worker, Student, and Visitor Visas
  • Permanent residents
  • Refugees, asylum claimants an sponsors
  • Canadian and citizens applicants

The IRCC has announced that the timeline for communities to recommend Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) candidates has been extended until July 31st 2024.

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