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Canada Relaxes the Requirements for Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 17, Dec 2020

Canada Relaxes the Requirements for Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Canadian government has announced to ease the requirements for the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot. The Canadian Immigration Minister, Mr. Marco E. L. Mendicino has announced some key changes to make the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) more flexible for the candidates. He also welcomed the first two practical nurses under the Pilot to Sault St. Marie.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

The RNIP is a community-driven program that provides the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot allows these communities to lure the workers they require, by creating a path to PR visa for the foreign skilled workers.

What are the new flexible changes?

As per the new changes to the RNIP, applicants no more have to acquire eligible work experience over a constant period. Rather, the candidates can show that they have gathered the required one year of eligible work experience (1,560 hours) in the three years prior to their application, even if there were pauses in their employment. This rule is applicable to all applications received under the RNIP, as well as all future applications from now onwards.

Modifying this requirement makes certain that applicants are not penalized for short breaks in their job history, including temporary work disruptions or layoffs caused by the global pandemic.

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Speaking about the new changes in the program, the minister for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Mr. Mendicino said,

"Newcomers have played an outsized role in our hospitals and long-term care homes during the pandemic. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, and other pilots, are helping to get the workers we need to places like Sault Ste. Marie, where we need them. We're going to continue working to ensure that the benefits of immigration are felt in cities and towns across our country."

He further added, "Strong economies in rural Canada benefit all Canadians. That's why our government has invested in universal broadband and rural infrastructure, and so strongly supported our growers and producers. Our government has heard from rural leaders across the country. We have heard the call for growing the skilled workforce in rural communities through immigration. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will create jobs and increase Canada's competitive advantage."

The applicants needs to fulfil all other existing admissibility and Pilot requirements, including the recommendation process in the participating RNIP community in which they willing to settle.

The IRCC has also revealed a temporary measure that allows RNIP candidates, who are waiting for a decision on their PR application to apply for a work permit without being penalized by delay in processing, caused by the pandemic. These rules apply as IRCC announces the first permanent residents accepted under the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot.

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Rajneesh Kumar

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