Sudbury, a community in Ontario, has had the very first Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) draw on April 23, 2020. The invitations sent to candidates are for community recommendations that will allow them to live and work in Sudbury. The candidates will have a Canada PR immigration if accepted into the community.
Sudbury is among the 11 communities in Canada that participate in the RNIP. In Sudbury, the local economy is nourished by industries like tourism, mining, and finance. Cambrian College and Laurentian University are the reputed educational institutions in Sudbury. It’s already home to 265 immigrants who immigrated there in 2019.
Community recommendation is a tough process for immigrants. The process takes 12 to 18 months. Each of the 11 communities has its own way to select candidates for nominations.
In Sudbury, a points-based system is used, choosing the highest-ranking candidates from the applicants’ pool. Then these candidates are invited to apply for a community recommendation.
The point-based system of Sudbury is similar to the federal Express Entry system or Provincial Nominee Programs. In the April 23 draw, 6 invitations were issued by Sudbury to eligible candidates having a score of at least 280 points.
In the tie-breaking rule applied, the cut-off score was based on April 15 at 4:28 p.m. local time.
Like other immigration programs, Sudbury draws are also conducted despite the restrictive measures for COVID-19. The applications accepted from abroad in Sudbury are mostly meant for job offers in the mining supply and services sector. Tourism is also another major industry involved.
It’s important to get community recommendations. For this, the candidate has to meet the eligibility requirements of the federal government first. Then the candidate should ensure that he/she has the minimum points required on the RNIP Assessment Form. It’s 115 for candidates with a spouse or a common partner and 85 for singles.
The Sudbury RNIP gives candidates aged 30 to 45 years more points. This happens because Sudbury is facing a shortage of workers with 10 to 15 years of experience.
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