EMPLOYERS GUIDE

Looking to hire a skilled foreign worker?

If you are an employer looking to hire an immigrant, temporary resident or overseas candidate who wants to become a permanent resident, learn more about the RNIP program and how to apply.

What’s RNIP?

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot makes it easier for skilled foreign workers to work, settle and apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Applicants to the West Kootenay RNIP must be planning to work/live long term in the West Kootenay region and meet federal and community specific criteria.

Participating communities include:

  • Rossland
  • Nelson
  • Castlegar
  • Trail
  • Salmo

How does it work?

There are 4 steps to apply to RNIP for a community recommendation for permanent residency.

The applicant meets the federal and community eligibility requirements

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You are offering a fulltime job

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As an employer, you meet the criteria

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The applicant completes the WK RNIP Application Form and receives a Community Recommendation

If applicable you can submit a job offer in the Employer Portal so the applicant can apply for an employer specific work permit

How do I qualify for RNIP?

You and the applicant meet the federal eligibility requirements

You and the applicant meet the West Kootenay Community Criteria

You have signed a completed Offer of Employment Form (IMM 5984) & Employment Declaration Form for the applicant and they have sent these to WK RNIP

The applicant meets 26 points on the WK Community Criteria Form completed by the applicant or you have offered a job from the list of occupation under the West Kootenay priority NOC

The applicant has filled out and submitted a WK RNIP Application Form

Who is eligible to apply?

The applicant is a temporary resident (visitor, student, worker) and a current employee of a West Kootenay employer

CHECKLIST

You complete the Offer of Employment Form (IMM5984) and Employer Declaration Form for the applicant

The applicant sends these employer forms to West Kootenay RNIP BEFORE completing the WK RNIP Application Form

The applicant completes the West Kootenay Community Critera Form and have a score of at least 26 or a job offer in a West Kootenay priority NOC

The applicant has all the documents on the RNIP document checklist and completes the WK RNIP Application Form

The applicant is an international student who has completed their studies in the West Kootenay region

CHECKLIST

You complete the Offer of Employment Form (IMM5984) and Employer Declaration Form for the applicant

The applicant sends these employer forms to West Kootenay RNIP BEFORE completing the WK RNIP Application Form

The applicant completes the West Kootenay Community Critera Form and have a score of at least 26 or a job offer in a West Kootenay priority NOC

The applicant has all the documents on the RNIP document checklist and completes the WK RNIP Application Form

The applicant is overseas and is the successful applicant for a job offer in the West Kootenays

CHECKLIST

You complete the Offer of Employment Form (IMM5984) and Employer Declaration Form for the applicant

The applicant has proof of settlement funds

The applicant sends their employer forms to West Kootenay RNIP BEFORE you complete the WK RNIP Application Form

The applicant completes the West Kootenay Community Critera Form and have a score of at least 26 or a job offer in a West Kootenay priority NOC

The applicant has all the documents on the RNIP document checklist and completes the WK RNIP Application Form

What are the West Kootenay’s priority NOCs?

Jobs (NOCs) prioritized in this pilot reflect occupations that are in demand in the West Kootenay region. Applying to RNIP with one of the Priority NOCs makes you exempt from meeting 26 points on our Community Criteria.

West Kootenay Priority NOCs

  • NOC 7511 Truck driver
  • NOC 3413 Health Care Aide
  • NOC 3233 Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
  • NOC 4212 Community Support Worker
  • NOC 4214 Early Childcare Educator & ECA *See eligibility requirements
  • NOC 0711 Construction Managers
  • NOC 7321 Automotive Service Technicians
  • NOC 7312 Heavy Duty Equipment mechanics
  • NOC 6321 Chef, NOC 6322 Cook & NOC 6332 Baker *See eligibility requirements
  • NOC 7513 Taxi Drivers *See eligibility requirements
  • NOC 2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (Software Developer)
  • NOC 2173 Software Engineers and Designers
  • NOC 1111 Accountant & NOC 1311 Accounting Technicians/Bookkeepers
  • NOC 6525 Hotel, Front Desk Agents
  • Major NOC Group: 72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades

What happens next?

THE APPLICANT RECEIVES A COMMUNITY RECOMMENDATION

A Community Recommendation Committee meets once a month to assess applications for their intent to reside in the West Kootenays based on application information.

What is a Community Recommendation?

  • Applicants fill out the West Kootenay Community Criteria form as part of the application process
  • A minimum of 26 points is needed to apply to RNIP
  • Exemption: Applicants with a job offer in a West Kootenay priority NOC do not need to meet the 26 points (see above for priority NOCs)
  • Once the applicant receives a community recommendation, they are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency with IRCC and a 1-year work permit specific to the employer while that is being processed
THE APPLICANT IS SUCCESSFUL

If successful, a candidate receives a Recommendation from the Designated Economic Development Organization and they are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency with IRCC.

THE APPLICANT APPLIES FOR A TEMPORARY WORK PERMIT

Optional: Applicants can apply for a 1-year work permit specific to the employer who provided the Offer of Employment (IMM5984) while your application for permanent residency is being processed

  • Note that your employer will need to submit an “offer of employment” in the Employer Portal
  • Once they have done this, ask for the 7-digit number, starting with the letter “A” then apply online
  • If applicable, your spouse or common-law partner can apply for an open work permit at the same time as you apply for your 1-year work permit, it will only let them work in the same community as you

What else do I need to know?

Please click the topics below to learn more and contact us if you require additional information.

Timeline

Applications eligible for community recommendation will be retained for 2 months.
Applications will be reviewed by the Community Recommendation Committee on a monthly basis.
Here is a complete application guide from IRCC : Application for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Other points to consider:

Due to the high volume of expressions of interest, we will not be able to answer all inquiries.

The West Kootenay RNIP is not affiliated with any Immigration Representative, nor do we give preferential treatment to applicants who have hired an Immigration Representative. However, if you do choose to have your paperwork completed by an Immigration Representative, please refer HERE for information on making an informed choice.

For other paths to immigration, visit Immigrate to Canada on Canada.ca.

Please note applications WILL NOT be considered if the following documents are incomplete and do not meet minimum qualifications:

  • A job offer from a West Kootenay Employer
  • English or French language credentials
  • Educational credential requirements

Immigration Representatives

You may choose to use a representative to act on your behalf or to assist you with finding a qualifying job offer, completing your RNIP application for recommendation or completing your Permanent Resident application. There are different types of representatives: paid and unpaid and authorized and unauthorized. Representatives are authorized if they are:

  • lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society
  • notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec and
  • citizenship or immigration consultants who are members in good standing of The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

The Community will not communicate with, or allow for, unauthorized representatives to assist with your RNIP application. If you use an unauthorized representative, in Canada or abroad, we may return your application or refuse it.

It is important to note that using a representative does not change how your application will be reviewed or whether it will be approved or rejected. All applications are handled the same regardless of whether a representative is used or not. Immigration representatives cannot guarantee Community Recommendation, Permanent Residence, or a more expedient processing of an application.

Fraud and Misrepresentation

Fraud and misrepresentation are taken very seriously by the Community and by IRCC. Any business and individuals found to be misrepresenting themselves or committing fraud will be banned from applying for recommendation for the duration of the pilot, along with any associated parties. 

Misrepresentation and fraud can take many forms including but not limited to:

  • Submission of fraudulent documents
  • Accepting or offering money for a job offer
  • Intentionally misleading the Community

It is important to note the following:

  • All decisions made by the Community are final and are not subject to appeal.
  • Receiving a recommendation from the Community does not guarantee permanent residence; IRCC has sole authority to approve or refuse all applications for permanent residency.

International Student Exemption

International students are exempt from the work experience criteria if they obtained an eligible program credential from a post-secondary program from a publicly funded post-secondary institution located within the community, provided that:

  • they were enrolled as a full time student during the entire 2 year or more post-secondary program while obtaining the credential

and were;

  1. within the 18 months prior to the application for permanent residence to IRCC; and\
  2. they were physically present in the rural and northern community for at least 16 months during the 24 months immediately prior to obtaining the eligible credential,

OR

  • they were enrolled as a fulltime student for the duration of a master’s or doctoral degree less than two years; and were
  1. within the 18 months prior to the application for permanent residence to IRCC; and
  2. physically present in the rural and northern community for the duration of their entire period of studies; and
  3. physically present in the rural and northern community for the duration of their entire period of studies.

International Student Exemption

International students are exempt from the work experience criteria if they obtained an eligible program credential from a post-secondary program from a publicly funded post-secondary institution located within the community, provided that:

  • they were enrolled as a full time student during the entire 2 year or more post-secondary program while obtaining the credential

and were;

  1. within the 18 months prior to the application for permanent residence to IRCC; and\
  2. they were physically present in the rural and northern community for at least 16 months during the 24 months immediately prior to obtaining the eligible credential,

OR

  • they were enrolled as a fulltime student for the duration of a master’s or doctoral degree less than two years; and were
  1. within the 18 months prior to the application for permanent residence to IRCC; and
  2. physically present in the rural and northern community for the duration of their entire period of studies; and
  3. physically present in the rural and northern community for the duration of their entire period of studies.