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IRCC Frequently Asked Questions 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Frequently Asked Questions


Brandon RNIP Frequently Asked Questions 

Questions from Candidates/Applicants:

I was denied a Brandon Community Recommendation, can I be reconsidered? 

Effective March 4, 2024, Brandon RNIP Community Recommendation Decisions are final with no option for employers or applicants to request reconsideration when an applicant is denied a Brandon RNIP Community Recommendation.

Applicants are encouraged to be as accurate and thorough as possible when submitting requested RNIP documents and participating in RNIP community interviews to ensure all relevant information is provided prior to a decision being made on their application for a Brandon RNIP Community Recommendation. 

We encourage all applicants to carefully review the RNIP Federal eligibility criteria and guidelines before submitting their Brandon RNIP applications.

Does my work experience need to be acquired within Canada, or can it be from my home country?
  Applicants can qualify with work experience gained either within Canada or internationally. However, regardless of the location of the work experience, applicants will be required to provide documentation to demonstrate that their work experiences meet IRCC's qualifying work experience requirement
I am currently working in Brandon. How do I begin my RNIP application?

Step 1: Ensure you review the IRCC requirements to confirm that you meet all necessary criteria.

Step 2: Confirm that your job is a full-time permanent position with at least 30 hours per week of guaranteed work.

Step 3: Request your employer to reach out to our office at

Step 4: Submit all required documents as listed on this Documents Checklist. If you are unable to provide the required documents on the checklist, you do not qualify to apply. 


If your employment falls within the Food Service Sector, please refer to the dedicated Food Service Sector webpage for specific instructions on how to start your application.


Please also note that Long Haul Drivers are not eligible for Brandon RNIP as the work occurs outside of Brandon’s RNIP boundaries.

Do applicants have to apply from outside the country?
   No. Applicants may apply from within Canada or outside of Canada. 
I need a LMIA to be eligible for the program
I graduated from a Designated Learning Institution in Brandon, am I eligible for RNIP? 

 Yes. You could also be eligible for an exemption from the qualifying work experience requirement if one of the following applies to you:

 1. International students(2 years program): you don’t need to have qualifying
       work experience if:
  • have graduated from a Brandon publicly funded designated learning institution in a program of at least 2 years or longer, and
  • were studying as a full-time student for the full duration of the 2+ years and
  • received the credential no more than 18 months before your application and
  • Were in the Brandon for at least 16 of the last 24 months spend studying to get your credential

  2. International students (Masters): you don’t need to have qualifying work experience if you
      graduated from a Brandon publicly funded designated learning institution in a master’s
      degree or higher lasting less than 2 years and you:

  • were studying as a full-time student for the duration of your degree and
  • got your degree no more than 18 months before your application and
  • were in the community for the length of your studies
Here is a list of Designated learning Institutions : 
I am currently on a student visa, can I apply?
Yes. As long as you meet the RNIP requirements and you are on a legal status in Canada, you can apply.  
Can any employer provide a job offer? 
No. Only businesses approved as an eligible RNIP employers can hire through RNIP.

Effective January 29, 2024, the Brandon RNIP program is not accepting Food Service Sector, Retail Sector, or Accommodation Sector(except for Accommodation positions in TEER 0 or TEER 1) RNIP applications.


Long Haul Drivers are not eligible for Brandon RNIP as the work occurs outside of Brandon’s RNIP boundaries.

Can I come in and speak with a program representative?

Yes, walk in service will be available for applicants from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm on the following dates only

  • May 2, 16 and 30, 2024
  • June 13 and 27, 2024
  • July 11 and 25, 2024
Walk-in service is only available to the following individuals:
  • People working on temporary status for a Brandon employer. 
  • People on legal status in Canada and have a Brandon employer that is ready to make a job offer to them.
  • People who have submitted a Brandon RNIP application.
  • A Brandon employer wishing to discuss the Brandon RNIP program. Employers can also email to schedule a meeting outside of walk in service
Questions from Employers:
Where do I start? 
We recommend that you check the eligilbity list before contacting our office.

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