Are you planning on immigrating to Canada but having second thoughts because of the complex application process? Fear not because the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot offers an easier Canadian immigration process. Who knows, this could be the chance you are waiting for.
What is the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?
To help smaller communities in Canada benefit from economic immigration, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offers the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot that will attract foreign skilled workers to apply for permanent residence. If the workers are willing to work and reside in the participating communities, they can benefit from the easier Canadian immigration process:
- Instead of the continuous work experience, candidates can now apply by accumulating the required one-year work experience or 1,560 hours in the previous three years;
- Find employers who will have job offers in the community they are interested in and
- Apply to the community directly.
What are the Participating Communities for the Pilot?
Because of the decline in the birth rate and the ageing Canadian population, rural Canada is experiencing a significant decrease in its workforce. To help drive economic growth and promote middle-class occupations, the IRCC offers this community-driven program to attract foreign skilled workers who want to make one of these communities their new home.
Each participating community has its own set of economic needs and community requirements. Therefore, they will be the ones to assess candidates who submitted their Canada PR applications. Additionally, they are also the ones who will send recommendations to IRCC, which in turn will make the final decision on who to accept.
What is the Application Process?
1. Check your eligibility;
2. Find a job (either in the community you are interested in applying to or to any community that offers a job you are qualified for);
3. Obtain a job offer;
4. Apply to the participating community for a recommendation;
6. Receive approval (or otherwise).
Who is Eligible to Apply for Permanent Residence through this Pilot?
1. IRCC requirements
1. You must have a valid job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities, and it must be for a full-time position and non-seasonal.
2. The job offer must indicate permanent employment.
3. You are offered a wage equal to or more than the minimum wage set by Job Bank and according to your NOC.
4. Your experience must indicate that you can work on the duties of the job offered to you.
5. The NOC skill level of the job offered to you must be similar to your NOC skill level or only one level above or below it.