Applicants

Welcome. Thank you for your interest in coming to Vernon and the North Okanagan.  You must have an offer for a full-time job in our community before you can apply for permanent residency through this pilot.  Applicants are encouraged to set up their online profile to be considered for jobs on our job board.  Please read the information below. Follow the steps. 

For all questions related to the Vernon-North Okanagan Pilot please send an email to Ward at wardmercer@futuresbc.com. For all other questions regarding the pilot and permanent residency in Canada , please click on IRCC’s website.

The Application Process.  

 Click the link at each step to see the full requirements and links to information. 

If you meet both federal and community criteria, you can start applying for the jobs in our Community. All RNIP pre-approved positions will be posted on our RNIP job board.

Other jobs may be eligible for RNIP that are not listed on the RNIP job board and applicants are encouraged to search for employment on other public job boards such as Indeed and the Canada Job Bank. 

Before you will be considered for Permanent Residency  recommendation under this pilot, complete the following steps:

  • create your Applicant/Candidate profile on
    RNIP Website
  • upload all necessary documents
  • have a valid full time job offer in our community.

You must have a Candidate Profile to apply for jobs that meet the RNIP Criteria on the RNIP Vernon North Okanagan job board. 

Click Here to Create Your Applicant/Candidate Profile 

For more information about eligible jobs, read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

It is up to you to find a suitable job in the Community. The RNIP staff will not help you look for a job.

Applying for a job is not the same as applying for a recommendation through the Pilot. You must send your fully completed application through your online Candidate Profile to be considered for recommendation. 

After you have been offered a job, ask the employer to complete and sign the RNIP Offer of Employment Form.

The form  signed by your employer is part of your application.  It is up to you to upload the signed form to your Candidate Profile.

It is your responsibility to obtain the completed and signed RNIP Offer of Employment from your new employer.

After the step 3 is completed, upload ALL completed mandatory documents below to your Candidate Profile to apply for community based recommendation. Also provide supporting documents if applicable.

The Mandatory Documents are:

Supporting documents which may apply to you (these documents become mandatory when applying with a wage exemption):

  • Proof of Previous Employment in the community
    (reference letter, pay stubs, summary of duties, etc.)
  • Proof of Spouse’s Employment in the community
    (reference letter, pay stubs, summary of duties, etc.)
  • Proof of Address (deed, lease agreement, letter from a recognized institution with your name and address – such as bank, utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of Family in the community
    (name, address and relationship to you)
  • Proof of Previous Travel to the Community (itineraries, hotel receipts, etc.)

If your computer browser window does not open the document (it is in Adobe PDF form), you may be able to click the “fill and sign” button or follow this link to the IRCC’s Help Centre

If the committee has recommended you for the PR application, you will receive the “Letter of Recommendation” that must be submitted with your PR application. Make sure all the requested documents on this checklist IMM5987 are submitted with your application.

Right after your PR application has been submitted, you can apply for work permit.

infographic applicant path RNIP

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 Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

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 Mis-representation

Fraud and mis-representation are taken very seriously by the Community and by IRCC. Any applicant found to be mis-representing themselves or committing fraud will be banned from applying for recommendation for the duration of the pilot along with any associated parties.

Mis-representation 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.