Process

Step 1: Make sure you meet the IRCC Federal Eligibility Requirements

Step 2: Find full-time permanent employment in the West Kootenay region.

Please note the West Kootenay RNIP will not assist candidates with their job search.

One of the requirements is that you have a job offer from an eligible employer in the West Kootenay region.

  • IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A JOB OFFER, please apply to job postings that meet your past work experience and education.
  • Employers will conduct normal hiring practices, such as interviews and reference checks.
  • You must have the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National – (IMM 5984) filled out and signed by an eligible employer. It is your responsibility to upload this form as part of your application.

Step 3: Check to see if you are eligible based on the Community Criteria

The Community Recommendation Committee will be assessing candidates’ ties to the community to ensure you and your family are prepared to reside in the West Kootenay region after you receive your permanent residency. We encourage you to communicate with us prior to applying to the pilot, so we can verify all your eligibility and assess your job offer.

Step 4: Ready to apply?

Download and complete the Schedule 1 Rural and Northern Immigration Form IMM 5911E.

Step 5: Submit Schedule 1 – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (IMM 5911) and all other necessary documents 

Submit your Schedule 1 – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (IMM 5911) and additional and supplementary information (See applicants # 6)

Include job offer and all other supporting documents in this step:
PLEASE NOTE: Applications will not be considered if they are incomplete and do not meet the minimum qualifications.

  • Job offer from a West Kootenay employer
  • Language credentials
  • Educational credential requirements
  • Resume
  • And any Other supporting documents that demonstrate links to the region as outlined in the Community Criteria.   

Please note that any documentation provided to the RNIP Coordinator MUST BE COPIES. Originals will be required for the permanent residency application to IRCC (see steps 7 and 8).

Step 6: Your application will be reviewed by the Community Recommendation Committee.

Your application will be reviewed by the Community Recommendation Committee to assess against Community Recommendation Criteria.

Step 7: Community Recommendation Committee Results

If it is determined that you meet the requirements of RNIP, you will be given a recommendation letter from the Community Recommendation Committee via e-mail.

Step 8: Apply directly to IRCC for your Permanent Residency

Using the recommendation letter, you can apply directly to IRCC for your Permanent Residency.

Step 9: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Assesses your Permanent Residence Application

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will:

  • review your application to make sure it’s complete
  • decide if you’re eligible to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada
  • tell you when they start processing your application,
  • request additional information if necessary
  • do a security screening to make sure all applicants don’t pose a risk to the safety and security of Canadians
  • tell you of the decision they make on your application

If you have applied for permanent residence to IRCC you may also be eligible for a 1 year work permit. The permit lets you work while your permanent residence application is being processed.

Step 10: Once you receive your Permanent Residency, you can start your settlement process in to the West Kootenay Region.

Once you receive your Permanent Residency, you can start your settlement process in the West Kootenay Region.

Timeline

  • Applications eligible for community recommendation will be retained for 6 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, click HERE.
Please note applications WILL NOT be considered if they are incomplete and do not meet minimum qualifications:
  • A job offer from a West Kootenay Employer
  • English or French language credentials
  • Educational credential requirements