International Students Exemption

The following information is specific to international students who have, are currently, or are planning to study at the Okanagan College Vernon Campus

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If you have or will complete at least a two-year diploma at the Okanagan College Vernon Campus you can apply for RNIP with no qualifying work experience. 

International students can work part time (20 hours per week) during school and full time during scheduled breaks.

If you have qualifying work experience of 12 months and 1560 hours in one occupation, you may also apply without the student exemption.  In this case, please follow the information on the general RNIP Applicants page.

If you complete your diploma at Okanagan College Vernon Campus, a  Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is not required.  

Distance learning from Okanagan College Vernon Campus is permitted; however students must be residing within the community while distant learning. 

You must still be offered a full-time permanent job that you are capable of performing. 

Please review the information below. 

Create your candidate profile online here.

For all community-based questions, please direct them to Ward Mercer at For all other questions regarding the pilot, please go to IRCC’s website.

The Application Process.  

 Click each step to see the full requirements and links to information. 
Find Full time employment in the Community.
Please note that it is incumbent on candidates to find suitable employment in the Community. The RNIP Vernon team will not assist candidates with their search for employment.

More information regarding employment can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

All prospective RNIP candidates must create a Candidate profile to be eligible for recommendation. Some pre-approved positions will be posted on the RNIP Vernon job board. To apply for pre-approved eligible jobs in the community, you must first create your candidate profile:

Create Candidate Profile

Many available positions in the region may be eligible for RNIP and do not appear on the RNIP Vernon job board. Applicants are encouraged to search for employment on other public job boards such as Indeed.

Once you are offered a job, you must have the employer complete and sign the RNIP Offer of Employment Form. It is your responsibility to upload this form to your candidate profile as part of your application.  

Candidates must complete the schedule 1 and submit it to the Community via their candidate profile. 

The IMM5911 form can be found on IRCC’s website under “forms for the Principal Applicant.”

Schedule 1 – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (IMM5911)

If you cannot open the PDF, please go to IRCC’s Help Centre for assistance. 

To apply for recommendation from the Community, candidates must  submit the following documents to the Community via their candidate profile:

  • The completed IMM 5984 (Offer of Employment) form
  • The completed IMM5911 (Schedule 1)
  • Your language assessment results
  • Work experience documentation (reference letter, pay stubs, etc.)
  • Proof of funds (bank statements, documents from financial institutions) unless you qualify for the international graduate exemption
  • Educational assessment

Please note, applying for a job is not the same as applying for a recommendation through the Pilot.  A fully completed application must be submitted by an applicant through their candidate profile, before it will be considered for recommendation. 

Submit additional and supplementary information
  • Previous work experience in the community documents including pay stubs, professional references, business address and contact.
  • Documents proving residence in the community: house deed, lease agreement, bill payments, address.
  • If you have family in the community please supply their name, their address, how long they have lived here, and their relation to you.
  • If you have family accompanying you to Canada, please supply their name, age and relation to you.
  • If you are currently in Canada, please indicate the immediate family members you intend to add to your permanent resident application
  • If your spouse has work experience in the select industries, please supply their pay stubs, references, business address, and summary of duties performed.
  • If you have travelled to the community, please supply (if possible) previous itineraries, hotel bills, plane tickets, and any other information that can verify your travel to the community.
  • If you have a drivers licence, Canadian or foreign, please submit a copy of it with your application for recommendation.
  • If you have decided to use an authorized representative, submit the completed IMM 5476 Use of Representative Form.
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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.