Canadian immigration update: Extension of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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05 March 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) has announced that the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (“RNIP”) program has been extended until July 31, 2024, representing a further extension of six months of the RNIP program.

This extension enables designated local communities to recommend RNIP candidates to Canadian permanent residency.

Once an RNIP recommendation letter is issued, candidates will then have until August 31, 2024 to submit a complete permanent residence application to IRCC.

About the RNIP Program

The RNIP program is designed to facilitate the pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the following communities:

  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • Vernon, B.C.
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland and Nelson), B.C.

Further details on the RNIP program can be found here.

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