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Vernon-North Okanagan Changes Requirements for The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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"Vernon-North Okanagan in British Columbia is 1 of the 11 communities currently participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Program.The Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RINP) was introduced in February 2020 to help small and remote communities across Canada attract foreign workers.To qualify for this pilot, you are required to meet certain federal and community level requirements."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 12, 2021
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Vernon-North Okanagan in British Columbia is 1 of the 11 communities currently participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Program.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RINP) was introduced in February 2020 to help small and remote communities across Canada attract foreign workers.

To qualify for this pilot, you are required to meet certain federal and community level requirements.

How Has the Vernon-North Okanagan Community Improved the Requirements for Applicants to the RINP?

Vernon-North Okanagan community has eased some of the requirements to help local employers hire more foreign nationals through this pilot program.

Local employers can now hire foreign workers at a minimum permitted wage of $23 per hour, as opposed to $25 previously.

If you have been working or studying in the community for 6 months or more, then you will now receive 15 points instead of 10 on the Points Assessment Grid.

Studying in the community for 2 years in the last 5 years will get you 10 points instead of 6.

However, if you have work experience from outside the community, then you will receive 10 points, down from 15. Being under the age of 25 will get you 3 points, up from 2.

If you have immediate family members living in the community for at least 6 months, then each adult member will earn you 3 points up from 2.

The total number of points earned from immediate family members has been increased to 9 from 8.

These changes will help the applicants score high on the points assessment grid for the RINP. This criterion will help the community meet the local labor market demand efficiently and effectively.

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