Application Process and Steps
Welcome to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program application process for Sudbury. Please review the information below and follow the steps carefully. Any community-specific questions can be directed to [email protected].
To help determine if you’re eligible for the Sudbury RNIP program, or to submit your complete application, please use our RNIP Survey Monkey Apply portal.
*Through IRCC, the Sudbury RNIP is granted a specific number of recommendations per year to issue to candidates which then grants them the ability to apply for permanent residency. Applications will be prioritized to maximize the Program objectives and meet local labour market needs through a point-based system. Not all candidates applying and reaching the minimum threshold will be considered. Only those with the highest scores will be selected from the draw until the number of available recommendations are filled. Please refer to the RNIP draws section for more information.
Please note the following:
*In 2023, 24 community recommendations will be reserved for French-speaking applicants to the Sudbury RNIP program. If these allocations are not filled by December 15, 2023, the recommendations will become available to all Sudbury RNIP applicants.
NOTE: The RNIP allocation limit for 2023 has almost been reached – any applications approved from November 15, 2023 until December 31st 2023 may be pre-approved, but not issued until January 2024. For candidates with upcoming expiring work permits, we suggest taking necessary measures to extend your work permit in the meantime.
**NEW** Due to the increased demand of the RNIP Program, there are important updates to the Conventional and Limited Stream effective October 31st, 2023. Please see below changes identified in bold.
Process and Steps
Step 1: Make sure you meet the IRCC Federal Eligibility Requirements.
Visit the Government of Canada Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for eligibility requirements.
Step 2: Check to see if you match with the Community Requirements.
You should meet at least the Assessment Factor Point minimum cut-off. Further information can be found on Form SRNIP001
- The Community Selection Committee will be assessing candidate’s ties to the community to ensure that you and your family are prepared to reside within the boundaries of the Sudbury RNIP Program (these boundaries can be found here) after you receive your permanent residency.
Step 3: Find full-time permanent employment in Sudbury in one of the eligible occupations.
- You are required to be currently employed or have a job offer from an employer within the boundaries of the Sudbury RNIP program in order to qualify for the Sudbury RNIP.
- If you are not currently employed or have a job offer, please apply to job postings that meet your past work experience and education. You can find information on available positions by searching on local job search portals such as Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and YMCA of Northeastern Ontario. In addition, we suggest using the federal government’s national job search portal jobbank.gc.ca. Candidates may also want to want examine other private job portals which are national in scope, including Indeed.ca, Monters.ca, LinkedIn.com or others.
- The City of Greater Sudbury will not assist candidates with their job search.
- Employers will conduct normal hiring practices, such as interviews and reference checks. You may be required to appear for an in-person interview at your expense.
- You must have the RNIP Offer of Employment Form IMM 5984E and SRNIP-003 forms filled out and signed by your employer. It is your responsibility to upload these forms as part of your application.
- The wage for the job being offered must be within the range of wages for that particular occupation within the Northeast region of Ontario (as identified by the federal government).
Step 5: Application Review – RNIP Coordinator
If selected, your application will be reviewed by the RNIP Coordinator and you may be requested to undergo an interview. Only selected candidates will be contacted.
Step 6: Application Review – Community Selection Committee
Selected candidate applications will be reviewed by the Community Selection Committee.
Step 7: Meeting the requirements
If it is determined that you meet the requirements of the RNIP, you will be given a recommendation letter from the Community selection committee. If you are determined not to meet the requirements of the RNIP, you will be advised that you will not be issued a recommendation from the Community Selection Committee. Your application will not be returned to the pool of candidates for future consideration.
All decisions made by the Community Selection Committee are final and not subject to appeal.
Step 8: Apply for Permanent Residency and Work Permit (if applicable)
Using the community recommendation letter, you can apply directly to IRCC for your Permanent Residency.
Step 9: IRCC Review
Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada will do further review, including a medical review, financial review, and criminal record checks.
Step 10: Move to Sudbury
Once you have applied for your Permanent Residency and received your RNIP-specific work permit, you can make arrangements for you and your family to move within the geographic boundaries of the Sudbury RNIP program.
- Draws will occur on a regular basis throughout the year. Eligible applications not drawn may be retained for future draws.
- Applications will be reviewed by the Community Selection Committee on a regular basis.
- Job application timelines will vary depending on the employer and job you are applying for.
Other important information:
- Due to the high volume of applications and expressions of interest, we will not be able to answer all inquiries. If you do not hear from us within 8 weeks, it is likely your application is not being considered at this time.
- Email is the preferred method of communication. Please contact [email protected]
- The City of Greater Sudbury is not affiliated with any immigration representative, nor do we give preferential treatment to applicants who have hired an immigration representative. However, if you choose to have your paperwork completed by an immigration representative, please refer to the IRCC website for information on making an informed choice.
- There are other pathways to immigration through IRCC that you may wish to explore.
Please note that applications will not be considered if they are incomplete and/or do not meet the minimum criteria.
In addition to the federal eligibility criteria, applicants for the RNIP program will be assessed on their intention to live and work within the boundaries of the Sudbury RNIP program* after they have received their permanent residence.
We will prioritize candidates for recommendation using a point-based system. An applicant’s score will assist us in determining the likelihood that an applicant and their family will be able to:
- Contribute to an urgent or important need in the local economy
- Build strong relationships with community members
We believe that applicants with higher scores will have a better ability to integrate into the area and stay in the community in the long-term.
For details on the assessment factors to be used to assess candidates, please refer to form SRNIP 001 – the RNIP Candidate Assessment Form.
*Refers to the area within the boundaries of the Sudbury RNIP Program as defined by the Ministerial instructions.