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Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot(RNIP)

Permanent Residence

Basic Requirement

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, you must meet all IRCC eligibility requirements. You must


  • have qualifying work experience or have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community

  • meet or exceed the language requirements

  • meet or exceed the educational requirements

  • prove you have enough money to support your transition into the community

  • intend to live in the community

  • meet community-specific requirements


If you meet all of the requirements, you can start to look for an eligible job in the community.

Work experience

  • You need 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years.

  • To calculate your hours of work experience

  • count the hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs

  • The hours must be in 1 occupation, but they can be with different employers.

  • The hours must be over a period of at least 12 months.

  • These working hours can be inside or outside Canada.

  • If you worked in Canada, you must have been allowed to work in Canada.

  • don’t count hours you weren’t paid for (volunteering or unpaid internships don’t count)

  • don’t count hours when you were self-employed

  • Your work experience must include

  • most of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in your National Occupational Classification (NOC)

  • the activities listed in the lead statement of your NOC

  • You can see which duties are involved by searching your job title on the NOC web page.

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