My PNP PR Application Timeline


For all those who are asking about the progress of my PR application, I decided to make a dedicated page to show what the process has been in real-time with costs incurred. On more information about BC PNP program I suggest you read this post.

To get your file with the most detailed information possible, read this article:
Requesting GCMS Notes




I have applied for BC PNP International Graduates category
(cost to prepare the application: whatever it costed to print all forms).

UPDATE (Feb. 27, 2014) – I have “activated” my PR by flag polling at Point Roberts. I am now a Permanent Resident! More details here.

1. November 15th, 2012 – handed in my application in person to the BC PNP Downtown office.
$550.00 charged to my credit card on Monday, November 19th.

2. January 14th, 2013 – received an envelope from BC PNP office with approval. They stated that CIC office in Sydney, Nova Scotia must receive my application before or on July 1st, or my PNP nomination will be invalidated.

3. April 16th, 2013 – paid my CIC application fees.
Another $550.00 for the PR application plus whatever it costed to print all forms; $25 to translate my birth certificate; $35 to notarize it; ; $25 for 6 pictures at a local store).

3. April 27th, 2013 – FINALLY got myself together and sent my application to the CIC Nova Scotia processing office.
$17.90 for Express Courier by Canada Post w/ tracking number and signature – received in 3 business days (did not want to risk sending it via regular mail). 

[A delay in this step may have been caused by the CIC and International Affairs strike]

4. June 27th, 2013 – received an e-mail response from CIC Nova Scotia Office, stating that my application has been received; and now it is considered complete and being processed.

5. July 8th, 2013 – received a request for medical (must be completed within 60 days, must see one of these guys).

6. July 18th, 2013 – underwent a medical examination. The price may slightly vary upon the doctor. I went to Dr. Reznek – a very nice guy (110 – 4980 Kingsway ave.), and paid $260.00 for the blood/urine sample, standard hearing/etc. check-up and X-Ray. They took a digital photo of me, so I didn’t have to shell out any extra for the pictures, which was an added bonus.

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7. Sept. 27th, 2013 – paid a Right of Permanent Residency (RPR) fee here.
$490 for the RPR

I was advised that this fee will be refunded, if I decide to withdraw my application, or if it gets refused. Funny thing, I only was reminded about this outstanding(!!!) fee after I e-mailed to CPP to inquire about the status update on my application.

Screenshot of the status page (ECAS CIC):

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 8.36.40 AM

8. Feb. 1st, 2014 Decision made by CIC: passport requested! More information in this post.

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 7.39.57 AM

9. Feb. 5th, 2014 – Sent my passport and an extra envelope to CPP-Ottawa (365 Laurier W.). Paid $36.44 for both courier envelopes.

10. Feb. 13th, 2014 – The return tracking got activated: my passport is on it’s way back!

11. Feb. 18th, 2014 – I received the letter. My passport with the Immigrant Visa is in my hands! The visa is valid until mid-July, so I have to leave and re-enter Canada as a Permanent Resident before then.

12. Feb. 27, 2014 – Flag polled (e.g. left Canada and re-entered from the transit zone in Point Roberts entry point AKA Boundary Bay). It took me about 30 minutes altogether. I got a yellow paper from the US officer, then exchanged the yellow paper for a white paper inside US customs, turned my bike around and merged into the lane going back to Canadian side, signed a few  papers at the Canadian office, got an informational pamphlet and was on the way home! Finally a Permanent Resident! More details here.

Screen shot 2014-05-06 at 11.49.30 AM

Total processing time: 469 Days

Total application cost: $1964.34

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>>Word of advice: make sure to keep an eye on the timeframes, and, if your application is not processed duly according to deadlines, make sure to contact the processing office. They are doing a really good job juggling so many applications at once; but the work is carried by real humans, and there always is a possibility of a human mistake. <<<

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  1. Iuliia Lytvynenko - January 25, 2014 @ 9:33 AM

    у меня возник еще один вопрос по BC PNP программе: после того, как ты уже получил BC PNP certificate по postgraduate category и подался на федеральный уровень, должен ли ты был сохранят рабочее место, которое ты указал, когда подавал документы на получение BC PNP certificate. или к тому моменты уже можно сменить место работы?

    • Simple Vancouver - January 28, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

      моему работодателю звонили из CIC чтобы проверить работаю ли я у них. На сайте PNP пишут: “After you are nominated for permanent residence by the PNP, both you and your employer are responsible for advising us of any changes in your employment. This includes a promotion, lay off, termination or a potential new job with a new employer. In each of these cases, you are required to inform a PNP advisor of the change in your employment and he or she will inform you of any implications. Please note that failing to inform us of a change in your employment status could lead us to withdraw your nomination or could result in questions from CIC when they process your application for permanent residency.”

      • waveslicer - March 19, 2014 @ 7:45 AM

        Hello man congratulations, just would like to ask if there is a possibility for me to apply to PNP even without any job offer from a Canadian company? Presently residing here in Italy and working as a Computer Technician and Data Wipe operator.Thanks man if you reply.

        • Simple Vancouver - March 19, 2014 @ 8:06 AM

          FWIK the only stream you can qualify through without a job offer is International Post-Graduates, for whoever got a Master’s or a Doctor’s degree.

          • waveslicer - March 19, 2014 @ 8:28 AM

            Thanks man for the reply but I am not qualified for that.good luck to you and thanks for being helpful.ciao!

          • Simple Vancouver - March 19, 2014 @ 9:44 AM

            No prob man, keep slicing dem waves 🙂 cheers!

  2. Brandon - February 16, 2014 @ 7:25 PM

    I’m interested in the program, but how exactly were you able to find a job offer? Did you do it within Canada or from outside the country?

    • Simple Vancouver - February 17, 2014 @ 7:39 AM

      Hey Brandon, I did it from within Canada. My current employer was very helpful in assisting me in the application process.

  3. Alice Ra - February 24, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

    Hello, congrats once again 🙂
    I’ve got my RPRF “reminder” last week – I’ve paid it and sent off my receipt. Haven’t heard back from them yet. Do you remember if you have received any acknowledgements of receiving your receipt? Thnx!

    • Simple Vancouver - February 24, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

      No, I did not get anything. I just remitted the payment, emailed them the receipt, and hoped for the best.

      • Alice Ra - February 24, 2014 @ 12:22 PM

        Sounds familiar 🙂 Thanks!

        • Simple Vancouver - February 24, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

          lol what can you do… Order GCMS notes, if you feel your case is beyond normal processing times. Or e-mail, though it takes 2-3 weeks til you see a reply.

      • wazuki - May 31, 2014 @ 7:57 PM

        I don’t want to send my RPRF receipt by mail because it’s too complicated. Glad to hear from you that email works too ! 🙂

        Just curious what address you emailed your RPRE payment receipt to? The case processing center that you sent your package to or the particular visa office that processed your application? Thx!!

  4. Sri Harsha Vardhan Kakumanu - March 12, 2014 @ 9:32 PM

    Hi Congratulations to you .i got a skilled job recently and do you need to have any minimum wage? My job is web developer.

    • Simple Vancouver - March 13, 2014 @ 7:17 AM

      The pay rate needs to be within industry standards, e.i. fair pay – not lower that other professionals are getting. Compare your salary with the what employers are offering for similar positions.

      • Sri Harsha Vardhan Kakumanu - March 13, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

        Hi Thank you for getting back to me.My position is web developer.My NOC is 2175.It says median is $23.08 low is $14 so what should i get in that as a minimum. Is it a median or low? Some people said me that you need to get 23.08

        • Simple Vancouver - March 13, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

          Not sure, man. I’m not an immigration consultant, just sharing my case and what I’ve learned in the process. Though, IMHO $14 is too low for a web developer to pass.

          • harsha5085 - March 27, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

            Thanks man i have to consult a lawyer so they might help me out

        • Alice Ra - March 27, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

          I am a web developer – $14 is very low in BC. Don’t know how immigration works for skilled workers though.

          • harsha5085 - March 27, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

            Hi how much can an entry level web developer make in BC?

          • Alice Ra - March 27, 2014 @ 1:04 PM

            I maybe wrong, but as far as I know -about $22. Startups probably paying less, but there is a chance to grow faster.

          • harsha5085 - March 27, 2014 @ 5:59 PM

            Thank you very much Alice .I am looking for some opportunities as a web developer and i am a BCIT graduate so let me know if you know any open positions Any small help will be greatly appreciated.Thank you.

          • Alice Ra - March 28, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

            Sure, I’ll keep you in mind. Good luck!

  5. Alice Ra - March 27, 2014 @ 12:17 PM

    Hey! I am about to jump around in excitement – waiting for my passport back to come back! Hopefully there would be a visa on it.

    I’m thinking about flag polling process. I see you did it on Saturday. Do you know if Sunday is okay for that as well? I am afraid immigration officers may not be there. Also, does it have to be flag polling? I’m thinking of having a trip to US and do it on the way back. Do you know if it is okay?

    • Simple Vancouver - March 27, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

      Congrats! If the passport got requested, you are set – no backsies 🙂
      I flag polled on a Thursday, but from what I hear the officers at the Boundary Bay are there 24/7. I’m not sure about the specifics, but I do not see why you won’t be able to go to the US, after all as long as you have the US visa, you are still a student/worker until you go back to Canada.

      • Alice Ra - March 27, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

        Thanks! Oh, I see – Saturday was the initial plan 🙂
        Thanks for your blog and replies – very helpful!

    • harry - August 4, 2014 @ 5:15 PM

      hey alice..
      on which date your file was received to CIC
      how much time had CIC take to make final decission

  6. Daniel Kwon - April 24, 2014 @ 6:09 PM

    Hi! This information is very useful! I really appreciate you are doing this. Many young professionals wonder and end up stressing. I am about to apply for the BC PNP under Skill Worker (Graphic Artist). I believe I have all requested documents but I have a slight problem. My current visa expires in a little less than 2 months. What happens if the nomination does not happen before that time? Would you help me review my documents?

    • Simple Vancouver - April 25, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

      I’m not comfortable accepting the documents from you, as there is a lot of personal information.
      PNP nomination does not guarantee you are going to be allowed to stay – so you may want to apply for a bridging work permit (you may have to stay with the same employer). However, from what I know, PNP nominations are usually pretty fast. If they approve your nomination, you can request supporting documents from them, which would aid in prolonging the work permit.

      • Daniel Kwon - April 25, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

        Thanks! Very useful blog!

        • Simple Vancouver - May 1, 2014 @ 8:27 AM

          Thank you, Daniel! Appreciate your kind words

  7. Jay - May 6, 2014 @ 1:42 AM

    Thank you for posting your timeline! My PNP case has been with CIC since
    Aug 1, 2013 but the status still says Application Received. I emailed
    them about my status twice but they sent a generic reply saying “An
    officer will be in contact with you in due course.” Did they give you a
    status update when you asked them? Any advice on how I can get an update
    on my case?

    • Simple Vancouver - May 6, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

      Jay, if I was you I’d submit a request for GCMS notes,

      • Jay - May 6, 2014 @ 6:06 PM

        Thank you for the reply! I got the notes earlier (printed on Mar 14) and they showed that my criminality was “in progress” but other assessments were “not started”. I am wondering if I apply for the notes again, that might delay my case (not sure). So I was trying to get the update from them without applying for notes.

        Do you think applying for notes delays the case? (like, if the file gets transferred to office that creates the notes). Thanks for your time!

        • lookingglassca - May 6, 2014 @ 6:58 PM

          Sorry, I’m not sure – I only ordered the notes once. CIC is notoriously bad with follow ups, which is understandable with the volume of the applicants.

  8. Mike Niu - May 18, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

    Hi, this is a very useful blog!! Thank you for your work!

    I applied for BC PNP under international post-graduate category several months ago and got approved. Now I’m waiting for the result of PR application. One thing that gives me a headache is that my PGWP is going to expire in a few months and I have to renew it if I want to stay in Canada. However, I haven’t found a job right now( international post-graduate stream doesn’t require one). My question is “Can I renew my work permit without a job offer?” And if it’s possible, I want to get my new work permit by doing flag pole.



    • Simple Vancouver - May 20, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

      Thanks! I have no idea though, when my PGWP was expiring I requested a letter from PNP, which would get me an extension, but I became PR before the expiry date so I never got around to using it. PNP office did not ask me to present any documents proving my employment status at the time. Though, AFAIK if you are not going to work prior to getting your PR, you can stay in Canada as a visitor on an “implied status” until you get a finalized decision on your application from CIC. I’m not 100% certain on this, read more:

      • Mike Niu - May 20, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

        I see! Thank you so much!!!

      • Mike Niu - May 20, 2014 @ 1:15 PM

        Oh, I forgot to ask… How long does it take for you to receive the work permit support letter from PNP? They sent it by email or mail?

    • Gurry - January 11, 2015 @ 1:02 PM

      Hi Mike,

      I would like to know details about the international post graduate stream. I have done Masters in Administrative Science from FDU Vancouver. Can I apply it right away?

      Do we have to show some funds?
      Any part time job or something?

      Your revert would be of great help.


  9. Mani Sharma - June 15, 2014 @ 12:07 PM


    i applied for my cic feb 26 ,2014 . they ask for all the documents ,medical and RPRF fee and i submit all the things a month ago. still they show on the website that my application received instead of In processing.

    • Simple Vancouver - June 16, 2014 @ 7:31 AM

      Not sure how the status changes work, I did not really pay much attention. What I would do if I was you is to ensure you have emailed the RPRF receipt to CIC, request GCMS notes and email in case (keep in mind they are not likely to reply, but I think it should get things rolling if the file was misplaced/lost/etc).
      I do not work with or for CIC, and this information is not official.

  10. Anna - July 4, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

    Hello! I have a really crazy situation. I have been studying in the college in Ontario and received an Open Post Graduate Work Permit for 1 year. My visa and my PGWP will expire 31 July 2014 which is VERY soon. I have been working semi-skilled position year round but this April 1st I have received a promotion as a Manager and applied for BC PNP. However now this position is not available anymore. We didn’t get along with that employer and this Monday HR Director and I will have to call BC PNP and let them know that I am not working with them anymore. I ve been looking around for jobs everywhere already. I have had many interview but it takes much time to find the right job (even something). What can I do in this situation? Did anyone call BC PNP and ask to postpone nomination until I find a new same skilled position? On the web site they say that they deal case by case… What can be the best action to take right now? Guys, I am so desperate…Any advise here is a GOLD for me

    • Simple Vancouver - July 6, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

      Wow…real dick move by your (ex-)employer. I can’t say for sure, but it looks like they screwed you good. From what I know, you need to work past the trial period, e.g. minimum of 3 months till you can apply for PNP. I’d consult an immigration lawyer, it shouldn’t cost much – just get their opinion, who else but an experienced lawyer would know better

  11. Kevin - July 5, 2014 @ 12:50 PM

    Why you have not a criminal record check by RCMP?

    • Simple Vancouver - July 6, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

      RCMP criminal record check is mandatory… I have had it done. Not sure what you are talking about.

      • Vinu - July 2, 2015 @ 11:02 PM

        Hi, I was wondering why you had to do a Canadian Criminal record check?
        I found this on the cic website:

        Do I need to provide a police certificate for my time in Canada?

        You do not need a police certificate for your time in Canada if you are applying for permanent residence from within Canada in one of the following categories:

        live-in caregiver;
        humanitarian and compassionate considerations;
        temporary resident permit holder;
        spouse or common-law partner; or
        protected person or Convention refugee.
        If you are applying under any other category or from outside of Canada, you may be requested to submit a Canadian police certificate for your time in Canada.

        I have my Indian Police Clearance certificate sent already.I haven’t had a Canadian police check done yet.
        I am a temporary resident permit holder.

        What is your opinion?

        • SimpleVancouver - July 7, 2015 @ 9:58 AM

          I don’t remember the exact specifics, sorry. But I did have to get a Canadian criminal record check done. To my best recollection of events, I didn’t have to request it or anything, they kind of did it themselves. I didn’t need to submit one from my home country, since I lived in Canada before I turned 18, and did not leave Canada since I turned 18 for more than 3 months.

  12. nani - July 6, 2014 @ 6:37 PM

    Hi, I need to ask you few questions regarding PR. I applied for AINP I got nominated for it through employer driven stream & even I applied for federal PR. I am done with initial fee, Medical request & RPR fee deducted on june -5, 2014. Right now I am not working because & I lost my job on April -04, 2014.
    >Is this effects my PR?
    >Whats is the chances of approving my PR?

    • Simple Vancouver - July 7, 2014 @ 9:12 AM

      I am not a lawyer, AINP is in Alberta and I’m in BC. Technically, your employer was supposed to contact CIC to let them know you’re not working for them anymore, and that (technically) can negatively affect your case.

  13. Maria - July 11, 2014 @ 2:33 PM


    I haven’t been requested to pay Right for PR fee yet. I went through Medical Exam on April 1st, 2014…I just worry if they forgot to send me a request or I missed it or smth else…I called CIC they told me to contact Nova Scotia Intake Office (as i received the email from NS office), but these guys do not have a phone number or email…CPP is Ottawa…Did you get a original confirmation letter from Ottawa or Nova Scotia office? I am almost ready just to pay the fee and email the receipt to the address you mentioned…:(

    • Simple Vancouver - July 11, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

      I have emailed, and they have reminded me my fee is still pending. I haven’t received any correspondence telling me it’s time to pay, so if it wasn’t for the email, who knows when I would get to paying it. I would email them if I was you.

  14. Ishwar - July 12, 2014 @ 9:01 PM


    Thanks a ton for sharing,
    I’m jus wondering what kind a support do we need from our employer, because I’m employed with Hugh Financial Institute and they don’t offer out the box help, They are ok to help with paper work but not willing to go beyond that. Would that be sufficient for getting PNP ?

    • Simple Vancouver - July 14, 2014 @ 8:15 AM

      No prob. You don’t need them to babysit your application, reading a list of what’s required is a good idea to get a grip of what they need to do – filling out a few documents, writing a recommendation letter, and possibly answering a phone call.

  15. Ishwar - July 12, 2014 @ 9:10 PM


    If you had worked as manager, I’m sure you’ll find a job in same level, jus don’t panic it might effect you performance in Interview. You still have a lot of time.

  16. Maria - July 13, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

    Thank you so much for your answer! I did email them on Friday. How long did it take them to reply you back? 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your experience with us 🙂

    • Simple Vancouver - July 14, 2014 @ 8:13 AM

      Sure thing. Normally, they take about 3 weeks to reply, unless they think it’s urgent (which is, from my experience, never).

  17. Azzam - July 16, 2014 @ 9:35 AM

    It has been a while but congrats again on the PR! 🙂

    Just wanted to ask if you knew about the timeline for applicants with a job offer, is it any different ?

    Also, I applied from Ontario – does that make any difference to the timeline ?

    Great blog too btw 🙂

    • Simple Vancouver - July 17, 2014 @ 12:50 AM

      Thanks man! Unfortunately, I believe the process takes the same amount of time, whether you have an offer or not. Though, the chances of getting an approval must be higher if you have a legitimate offer. I’m not very familiar with the ON PNP, but I’d look at these things if I was you:

      1. Did you apply at the beginning of the year? If so, your chances are higher, because they are capped at 2500 per year.
      2. Is your profession in demand? Look for newspaper and government articles such as this one.
      3. Is your offer from a federal/provincial or a private employer? If it is related to the government, I think the chances are a bit better.

      Keep in mind, that each application is treated on the per-case basis, so a lot depends on whoever gets to work on it. Never lie on your application, and be 100% transparent, provide as much information as possible. With my applications I’ve attached my old work/study permits, a copy of my BC high school transcript, a letter saying how much I love living in BC, and so far I haven’t had a single one declined. If your employer is approved, I’d say your chances are pretty high. If ON PNP approves your application, it is unlikely it will get denied on a federal level (as long as you pass the health and criminal checks). Good luck!

  18. N - July 22, 2014 @ 5:11 PM

    What a nice post! Thanks man for sharing this information.

    I have a question here.

    Right now I work full time as an junior accountant (also an accounting student under CPA recently) for 1 and half year. And recently I asked my manager if they will help me for my PNP application. They said yes. That’s good news to me.

    My issue is I am not sure how long this job will stay. If my job changes, is this will affect my PNP application. Do I have to start over and apply again?

    Great Great blog man. Thanks a lot.

    • Simple Vancouver - July 23, 2014 @ 9:41 AM

      Thank you 🙂 Positive feedback is what keeps me writing.

      Keep in mind, once the application is approved with PNP, they no longer have anything to do with the application. It needs to go through CIC, which is a federal organization (not provincial, like PNP).

      If your employment status changes, you need to let the CIC know. It shouldn’t be a problem, if it is the same or higher level of responsibility, e.g. if you get promoted to a senior position. If you change the company, I believe you may need to reapply, so it’s recommended to stay until you get your application processed.

      Good luck!

  19. Soorena - August 8, 2014 @ 10:59 AM


    Thank you very much for sharing your timeline. My case is similar to your’s and I would appreciate your guidance.

    I applied for PR under PNP. I got nominated on July 2013 and submitted my application to Sydney, Nova Scotia. I received an email from them on February 09 saying that my application is considered complete and my application will be forwarded to a case processing office for further processing (It was not mentioned which office but according to your post I assume it should be Ottawa). on the same day I received an email from Nova Scotia requesting me to do the medical exam. My medical results have been received on February 21. I received another email form Nova Scotia on May 09, 2014 reminding me to pay right of permanent resident fee. However, in the email it was mentioned to email the receipt to “”. CIO is Sydney. I paid the fee on May 10 and emailed the receipt to the above email address. However, it has been 3 month since I made a payment and my online application status only shows they receive my medical results in February. I sent an email to CIO but I did not reply back. According to your post, do you think I should email the receipt to CPP? What is your suggestion? Thank you in advance for your time 🙂

    • Simple Vancouver - August 8, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

      Hey! I think your case is on the right track. After the medicals, they do a criminal record check and a background check. Did you live in any other country other than Canada for more than 6 months since you were 18? If so, you also need to submit a police check form from your country. Also, if I was you, I’d submit a request for GCMS notes.

      • Soorena - August 8, 2014 @ 11:46 AM


        Thank you for replying. I submitted my police certificates together with my application. In the email they sent me in February it was mentioned that my application is complete, so there should not be any missing documents. Your case is very similar to mine. Your application was processed in Nova Scotia. However, you emailed the RPRF to Ottawa. Do you think I should email the receipt to CPP?

        • Simple Vancouver - August 8, 2014 @ 1:55 PM

          If they’re asking you to email the receipt to, why would you email it anywhere else? It looks like pretty a straightforward set of instructions 🙂

          • Preet - August 18, 2014 @ 2:32 PM

            Hey congratulations on getting pr and you have done a very nice job must appreciate.
            I have applied bcpnp and my pr file reached cic on 7 april 2014 i got file number and medical request on 14 may 2014 got my medical done on 16 may 2014. Checked cic status on 2 june which showed medical received. I had paid all my rprf fees with the applicaion along with rcmp fingerprints backhome pcc n all. But now i am confused about how long will it take for my file to get IN PROCESS, DECISION MADE, PPR. Your help would be very grateful to me.
            Pr under bcpnp
            My spouse is added in my application
            I am an inland applicant
            NOC is 6211
            Please do help out

          • Simple Vancouver - August 18, 2014 @ 2:50 PM

            Look at the cases of others, with the dates close to your application date:
            It will give you an idea of where the others are at. To me it seems like your case is in order.

  20. Rubal - September 3, 2014 @ 6:11 PM

    hey there,
    i have a question about BC PNP. I applied through a different company for my BC PNP and i got approved as well. Right now i have done everything from medicals to paying RPRF .So if i quit my that job and get a new job on same “position” which is manager, will that affect my application?. I will greatly appreciate your help.


    • Simple Vancouver - September 4, 2014 @ 7:13 AM

      Hi! All I can say is that you must notify PNP and CIC about your employment status change. Each application is treated individually, on a per-case basis, so I cannot say for sure whether it is going to affect you or not. I don’t think it will be a problem, as long as the new position is similar to the old one, and pays the same or more, but it’s entirely up to CIC and PNP officers at that point.

      Good luck!

  21. singh saab - September 27, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

    hello i applied my pnp by a representative but he is not telling me any thing about my appliction ,is that sure my application will be approved

  22. Grace - October 7, 2014 @ 2:09 PM

    Hey Thanks for sharing your story with us and congrats on ur PR!
    Here is my situation: I handed in my BCPNP application forms on Sep 24,2014 and now I am still waiting for the file number. I am wondering that what types of questions they will be asking on the phone call interview Once I got the file number. Are they going to ask any tricky questions or sth that are beyond my job duties? Or they just want to make sure that you have no big problems with your employment status?
    and the last question is how long it takes to know if you are approved by provincial nomination after the interview is done?
    Thank you very much!

    • Simple Vancouver - October 7, 2014 @ 2:48 PM

      Grace! I did not get the pleasure of being interviewed on the phone, or in person. Is this a new requirement? So I can’t answer your second or the last question either.

      • Grace - October 7, 2014 @ 3:06 PM

        Really? The news I heard from a third party is that they will make a call to both applicant and employer for 80% cases they are processing now. I am not sure if its true or not. You are so lucky not getting a call. 🙂
        btw do you know how long does it take to get nomination approved now? If I handed it in on Sep, 2014, can I get the result on next Feb?
        Thanks again for your help! 🙂

  23. Grace - October 7, 2014 @ 3:06 PM

    Really? The news I heard from a third party is that they will make a call to both applicant and employer for 80% cases they are processing now. I am not sure if its true or not. You are so lucky not getting a call. 🙂
    btw do you know how long does it take to get nomination approved now? If I handed it in on Sep, 2014, can I get the result on next Feb?
    Thanks again for your help! 🙂

  24. Anees - October 14, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

    thanks man. these all steps are very usefull for me. now i have no more confusions.

    • Simple Vancouver - October 14, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

      Glad to have helped. Thanks for your “thanks”, really! Good luck!

  25. Leah - October 27, 2014 @ 9:15 PM

    Hi, I am wondering if you can pay RPRF after CIC received medical exam but just waiting for the decision made. It has been 12 weeks after i submitted my medical exam and i haven’t heard from them. Would that speed up the waiting process if i pay the fee first?

    • Simple Vancouver - October 28, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

      Hey Leah,

      Paying the RPRF will not speed the process up, but it will prevent *some* further delays. Not sure how current it is, but back when I submitted my application, they would indicate that the fee will be refunded if my application is not approved.

  26. hugh - November 3, 2014 @ 6:02 PM

    You mush have been tiring of getting question regarding to immigration..
    I think I am exactly at the same route as you did, I just saw my application status changed as decision made. However, I haven’t received any email any further information such as sending my passport. How long did it take you to receive an email after decision made status??

    Thank you!

  27. Michael - November 20, 2014 @ 8:18 AM

    Congratulations on your PR status. What a relief it must have been?

    I applied through Ontario’s Nomination Programme after I got nominated by the province. I applied to CIO Syndey Office, Nova Scotia, as instructed, on August 30, 2014 and till date (3 months now) I haven’t gotten a reply from them acknowledging receipt of my application. The funny thing is that I applied with a couple of friends and their applications got returned due to an error in them. They corrected the mistakes and mailed again to CIO office in NS. It’s left me worried about my own application. I sent them an email,, and I haven’t since received any response.

    I’m wondering if there was any other way of at least verifying the status of my application whether it’s been received, processed, misplaced or lost?

    I’ll greatly appreciate your response.


    • Simple Vancouver - November 20, 2014 @ 9:10 AM

      Hey Michael. BC PNP outlined a 3-week response time – they’re quite busy. Not sure about ON PNP, although I imagine they’re not too different.
      Another way to check the application status is here.
      You can also request GCMS notes, which are fairly detailed; but it will take some time to receive them.

      • Michael - November 20, 2014 @ 4:31 PM

        Thanks for your valuable response and information. I think the first link to check the application status doesn’t apply in my case. It worked for other applications but not my Permanent Residency application status.

        On the other hand, I’m going to try the GCMS process. I only hope I’m able to get something substantial in reply.
        FYI: I called CIC earlier and they told me they didn’t handle Permanent Residency applications, hence, I should contact CIO NS via email (the only way to contact them).

        Thanks a lot once again.

        • Vinu - March 30, 2015 @ 10:14 PM

          Hi Michael, did you receive a response? I am in a similar situation like you.

  28. Marco Libretti - November 20, 2014 @ 6:24 PM

    My SIN number (and indeed my visa) expires a month before the date expected to be the decisive one for the issue of the PR card. Did you apply for any sort of “Bridging open work permit”?

    • Simple Vancouver - November 21, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

      For once my procrastination was rewarded. I had all the paperwork prepared to do it, but I got the status update a little before the latest possible date for the application. I did write a post about the “bridging” permit – take a read.

      • Marco Libretti - November 21, 2014 @ 1:50 PM

        Noticed the article few seconds after, my bad. I’m going to prepare all the documents, I’m wondering at this point why and if they need to see a new LMIA, which is requested but is not clear what happen next. What if they say no? Why asking for a labour market opinion if I’m applying for an OPEN WORKING PERMIT? Sounds odd to me, since I’ve been working with this company for almost two year. Any suggestions?
        Thanks again for your help dude. Very usefull blog!!!

        • Simple Vancouver - November 21, 2014 @ 2:27 PM

          No idea to as why or what for bro. Another important thing I forgot to add, if you are a provincial nominee (under BC PNP), contact them for the supporting documents. It’s a letter from a PNP officer to Immigration Canada, asking them to urgently renew the work permit. Not me, but a friend of mine claims that he got his work permit renewed at the border a day before it expired with this letter.

  29. Kumara Gurubaran (Kumar) - November 21, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

    Hey Buddy, congrats on getting your PR! Your story from an applicant’s point of view is really detail oriented and kudos to you for putting in so much of effort into it. I have also applied for my PR through BC-PNP under International Graduates stream like you and found your blog most helpful.

    I did my medicals on 30-Sep-2014 and CIC has received my medical results as per my online status. However, I haven’t received the request of RPR fee so far 🙁 I learned from many blogs that some people get RPRF request in a month or two and for some it takes more than 5 months. Some people even suggest paying the fee upfront, which I am skeptical about.

    In your story, you have mentioned that you e-mailed to CPP to inquire about the status update of your application after which you were reminded about the so called ‘outstanding’ fee. I have a few questions for you and it would be great if you could help me out:

    1. What is that CPP email ID to which you sent an inquiry email?
    2. Is it okay to send an inquiry email to CPP considering that they do not respond to status update queries during the PR application timeline.
    3. How many days after your medicals did you email CPP and how long did they take to respond?
    4. As you succeeded in getting a reply from them regarding your status update, could you please share with me the details that you provided in your email to them?

    I would like to take a leaf out of your book and do the same at this juncture. Maybe this could help me in getting a reply from them asking for paying the RPR fee 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

    • Simple Vancouver - November 21, 2014 @ 11:47 AM

      Hey. To my best recollection of events, I’ve sent an email to either and got a reply from Each time I emailed them I included my client id and the application number. Once I paid RPRF, I emailed the receipt to
      It usually takes them 3 weeks to reply.

      • Kumara Gurubaran (Kumar) - November 21, 2014 @ 12:06 PM

        Thank you for your prompt reply. The email ID you have provided looks like it belongs to CPC Ottawa, ON. I sent my PR application to CPC Sydney, NS. Can I still send the email to the address you have provided or do I need to send the email to the Sydney office?

        • Simple Vancouver - November 21, 2014 @ 12:34 PM

          AFAIK the files at some point during processing get transferred (or at least used to) from Sydney, NS to a pilot office in Ottawa.

          • Kumara Gurubaran (Kumar) - November 21, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

            Thanks again for your reply. I’ll send an email to the pilot office in Ottawa as you mentioned. Fingers crossed! Let’s see what happens.

          • Simple Vancouver - November 21, 2014 @ 2:29 PM

            No problem. Good luck, bro!

  30. deepshikha khullar - November 21, 2014 @ 4:06 PM

    Hi there, Your post was very helpful and informative. I am also preparing to apply for the PNP BC international graduate program. I have asked my employer to fill up the Job offer form for me along with the required documents. I was chatting with a friend of mine and he advised me to get a lawyer to help me with the wordings of the recommendations letters etc.

    I am a bit confused as to why I would need a lawyer. The process seems pretty straight forward to me and his suggestion that applications get rejected due to such tiny things made me little worried. Can you put some light on how does the content given by the employer plays an important role in acceptance or rejection of an application?

    • Simple Vancouver - November 21, 2014 @ 5:48 PM

      I suppose the lawyer is to ensure you are not making any “whoops-a-daisies”… Some of my friends applied on their own, the others used lawyers’ help. I applied on my own, and I have my PR right now. So I’ll leave the data extrapolation to you.

    • varun - November 25, 2014 @ 3:51 AM

      Hey deepshikha
      I applied for bc pnp under same stream and got approved. Trust me you dont have to go through the lawyer unless your case is a bit tricky. Save your dollars and use them somewhere else. Recomendation letter is just a supportive documents. Just be careful in fiiling the nominee firm and the job form. These two things matter the most.
      All the best and if you need any help feel free to ask.

  31. manna - January 4, 2015 @ 8:03 PM

    hi i applied for bc pnp and i got the file number . when i applied the processing time was 5-6 months but now the processing time is 8-9 months . so on which processing time my application is folllowing

    • Simple Vancouver - January 6, 2015 @ 7:14 AM

      No idea. I’m sure that their website will note the explanation somewhere in the Q&A or FAQ section.

  32. Dhaval - January 7, 2015 @ 4:51 PM

    Congratulations on your PR status.

    I applied through BCPNP Programme after I got nominated by the province. I applied to CIO Syndey Office, Nova Scotia, as instructed, on sept, 2014 and till date (3.5 months now) I haven’t gotten a reply from them acknowledging receipt of my application.

    I’m wondering if there is any way of at least verifying the status of my application whether it’s been received, processed, misplaced or lost?

    I’ll greatly appreciate your response.


    • Simple Vancouver - January 8, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

      To get updates on your application status, visit:

      To get your file with the most detailed information possible, read this article:
      Requesting GCMS Notes

      Good luck.

      • Dhaval - January 9, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

        I didnt receive file number from them.
        Even i enter my UCI in ECAS it does not return me anything.

        • Simple Vancouver - January 9, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

          Sorry, but I have no idea why. It’s been a while since my application, so I do not remember exactly when my application became trackable. If you request the GCMS notes, you will not see them for at least a month.

  33. j - January 29, 2015 @ 12:15 AM


    Apparently my BC PNP decision got lost in the mail or sent to my old address. From your post I gathered that you had about 6 months to apply to CIC. Do you know if they extend thia date due to factors such as lost mail?

    Also since you applied through the international graduate route, did you have to take the english test for CIC ( as this was not required by pnp)?

    Thanks so much!

    • Simple Vancouver - January 29, 2015 @ 7:08 AM


      I did not take any English tests, as I applied through a level 1 managerial position, and it was not required (I like to go beyond expected, but that just seemed like a waste of time). AFAIK each case is treated individually; however, on my paperwork it did state that if I do not apply by a certain date, my application will be nullified. Contact PNP ASAP, they may be able to help you out.

      • j - February 9, 2015 @ 12:29 AM

        Thanks for your reply!

        Just received my nomination in the mail 🙂

        One more question, did you have to certify all documents that they asked only for a copy of such as a notary public? And do you have a person you could refer for this?

        • Simple Vancouver - February 9, 2015 @ 2:53 AM

          Congrats! From my best recollection, the only document that I have notarized was the copy of the translation of my birth certificate – I can’t remember the name of the notary who did it for me, but any registered notary should be able to do it for you. The rest was just plain copes.

  34. Oscar - February 17, 2015 @ 9:12 AM

    I have sent my PNP application and $550 have been charged from account 3 month ago. But I have not receive any information from the immigration office. Is there anything possible wrong with the application? Or how could I check the status of my application?
    Thank You!

  35. Bobby - February 17, 2015 @ 5:29 PM

    Just got a request for passport for my permanent residence visa. Do I need to send my old passport and work permit along? Thanks.

    • Simple Vancouver - February 17, 2015 @ 6:15 PM

      Work permit is not necessary. Look at the letter that was sent to you, it will have all the necessary info.

  36. M - March 18, 2015 @ 7:04 PM

    It’s been 2 week since I have sent my passport for permanant Visa. But the return envelope is not activated yet. Is there anything to worry about?
    Please advise.

    • SimpleVancouver - March 22, 2015 @ 9:15 AM

      Mine was mailed back within a week, although another reader who had sent his in 3 days before me reported that his passport was sent back the next day. 2 weeks since you have sent it is not the same as 2 weeks since they have received it, it probably took 5-7 working days just to get there.

      • M - March 27, 2015 @ 8:10 PM

        Thanks for the reply. Got my passport yesterday. Going to land tomorrow. I am so excited.
        I was following your timeline since I filled my application. It was a great help.

        Thanks again and all the best for your future.

        • SimpleVancouver - March 28, 2015 @ 2:05 PM

          Congratulations, and thank you!

  37. Vinu - March 30, 2015 @ 10:39 PM

    Thank you for your blog. I cant tell you how much peace of mind it gives me to know that I am not alone.
    Here is my story:
    BC PNP application: May 2014
    Nomination received: November 22, 2014.
    In the meantime my work permit had expired and I couldn’t renew it before getting the PNP certificate(there was no other category in which I qualified for an extension). I am a physiotherapist and I had to take time off work from August 23, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (which is when I got my work permit)

    Applied for PR: November 2014 (I applied fast as I had prepared all the documents necessary ahead of time)
    Proof of delivery: December 1, 2014.
    Since then, I have been waiting for the acknowledgement receipt. No news! I tried checking the status online. Nothing yet!
    I emailed the cic office on February 10,2015 via Did not get any reply.
    Called the call centre office on March 12 and they said that the only information they could see that my file was opened on March 3, 2015. I asked them about the receipt and they said they could not do anything about it.
    I re emailed cic with the same email address as above on March 18, 2014. Still waiting for a reply.
    PS: I got an automated reply saying that it could take 35 business days to get a reply.

    I am getting stressed out as they gave me a bridging work permit only for a year. So it expires in January 2016. The officer at the border kept saying that I would get it before 2016.
    I have already been out of work for 5 months and I dont want that to happen again.
    When I checked cic, it says I need the receipt from cic inorder to extend my work permit and I would need to do that 4 months before my work permit expires.

    What should I do? Should I try the alternate email that you had given.
    Or should I try getting the GCMS notes.
    Would that delay the process even further?

    Thanks again for your kindness. Its highly appreciable.


    • SimpleVancouver - April 7, 2015 @ 9:17 AM

      Hi Vinu. I am not a lawyer or an immigration consultant. However, since you asked, I suggest you order GCMS notes just to see what stage the application is at. Have you completed your medical examination? If no, chances are you have another 6+ months to wait. Nonetheless, since you have received PNP, and already have a PR application in process, you should be able to keep extending the bridging work permit, or stay as a visitor on an implied status (I’m fairly certain about it, but you should double-check that).

      My entire process took about 15 months, from the day I applied for PNP till the day I got the status.

      • Vinu - April 15, 2015 @ 6:07 PM

        Thank you for your reply. I just got my PR acknowledgement, file number and receipt today through their email.

        • SimpleVancouver - April 17, 2015 @ 8:10 AM

          Congratulations! Now off to activate it, do not delay! 🙂

  38. nardeepinder - April 10, 2015 @ 2:03 AM

    hi, thnx buddy for the blog
    I have received my PNP (Food Counter attendant) on jan 2014.and applied for PR on feb 2014. i have been submitted my full documents including medical report and RPRF Fee. Online, it has been showing my case is in processing since august 2014.
    My query is that my work permit is gonna expire on 20 May 2015. but i havenot received any kind of update yet.thus is there need to apply for work permit extension or just wait for their reply…please buddy reply me asap. am really worried as itès been so long am waiting for their reply

  39. nardeepinder - April 10, 2015 @ 2:06 AM

    please reply me asap

  40. Nardeep Inder Singh Gill - April 10, 2015 @ 1:44 PM

    hi, thnx buddy for the blog
    I have received my PNP (Food Counter attendant in BC) on jan 2014.and applied for PR on feb 2014. i have been submitted my full documents including medical report and RPRF Fee. Online, it has been showing my case is in processing since august 2014.
    My query is that my work permit is gonna expire on 20 May 2015. but i havenot received any kind of update yet.thus is there need to apply for work permit extension or just wait for their reply…please buddy reply me asap. am really worried as itès been so long am waiting for their reply….i visited the “trackitt” website it made me feel more worse bcause it shows there even who applied after me got PR. I mean to say they got PR with in 12-13 months and its mine 14th months….am really deppressed. Last week, I have sent number of emails too at to request them for an update but i haven’t received any kind of reply so far….
    completely stressed out no idea what to do
    what do u think, do i apply for work permit extension or still let wait for their reply….

    • SimpleVancouver - April 12, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

      Hey man, I think you should apply for the extension no matter what, it is not that difficult of a process and it doesn’t cost much, and at least you will be safe. Contact PNP as soon as you can, so they will give you the supporting documents for the work permit extension. Good luck, and hope you get yours soon.

      • Anonymous - April 12, 2015 @ 8:27 PM

        thnx buddy for the reply….
        certainly, I will apply for it
        thnx once again….

  41. Anonymous - April 12, 2015 @ 8:25 PM

    thnx buddy for the reply….
    I will certainly apply for it
    thnx once again

  42. Vinu - April 19, 2015 @ 10:32 PM


    • SimpleVancouver - April 23, 2015 @ 8:38 AM

      After I got my landed immigrant visa I had to re-enter Canada to get the status change

  43. HARJINDER - May 10, 2015 @ 3:41 PM

    HI i wanna ask about my BC PNP file that is in process, but i wanna know that which months’s applications are in process.

    • SimpleVancouver - May 11, 2015 @ 2:06 PM

      Hello. I don’t know if you can find that info anywhere. You can, however, track your application progress online.

  44. Harjinder - May 11, 2015 @ 3:28 PM

    But i dont know how to track online can u plz tell me the website

  45. Deep SIngh - May 24, 2015 @ 9:53 PM

    Hey i want to know can i apply my B.C PNP by another employer

    • SimpleVancouver - May 25, 2015 @ 1:03 PM

      No idea. Better ask BC PNP / CIC

  46. Harshdeep Singh - June 25, 2015 @ 10:14 AM

    I am applying to Fairleigh Dickinson University in vancouver for Masters of administrative science i.e MAS – specialisation in Global Technology Administration…
    Can you please guide me about the reputation of the university.
    And what will be the job oppurtunities after this course and chances of PR.
    Thank you.

    • SimpleVancouver - June 25, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

      Harshdeep, this is the first time I hear about this university. Hope that sheds some light on its reputation

      • Anonymous - June 25, 2015 @ 9:11 PM

        Ok. Thank you. ☺️
        In any case if you can know more about it please do confirm as i am not having any other option with this course.
        That will be very helpful.☺️

  47. preet - July 29, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

    hi ..i submitted my application in bc pnp in marh ..can u plz tel me processing time it gonna there any website i can track my application

  48. Melvin Jose - August 24, 2015 @ 8:22 PM

    I got my file number of BC PNP on January 6 th 2015.I heard PNP is given to the people who’s work permit is going to expire.Anyone heard about that.According to the processing time, I would get PNP on April or May.I have to be in Visitor status if my employer didn’t get LMIA.

  49. Man Sing - October 20, 2015 @ 9:12 PM

    Hi Every Body

    I got my PNP on March 2015, and applied for PR on mid June 2015 via My lawyer but have no information regarding status of application. Can any one let me know how long it will take to get reference number from cic at least.

  50. Jindhu - October 27, 2015 @ 2:42 PM


    I got my PNP in October and applied for pr in November and now my file says decision made in August 24-2015 but it’s been 2 months now I haven’t got any ppr please help me

  51. Anonymous - November 6, 2015 @ 9:12 AM

    I have applied my pnp in july 2015 and got file number as well but wants to know does the process goes by file numbers or they randomly can pick anybody’s file.

    • SimpleVancouver - November 6, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

      I’m guessing it goes in the order that they were received

  52. Abubakar Ali - December 13, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

    Hi everyone .I had applied for pnp since 6 .02 2015 and received file number
    Till now no response from pnp office and my work permit expired and my company has no ALMIA for me but I try to renew my work permit and it was rejected. I need help .Ali Abubakra.

  53. Nivedita Mahesh - April 13, 2016 @ 9:33 AM

    Hi! Thanks for your detailed post. It was really helpful. I recently received my BC PNP nomination under the Skill Immigration-International Post-graduate stream (non Express entry). I am an engineer by profession but currently do not have a job in the same field and no job offer as of now. I am unsure about whether I need to give the english test for my PR application as the CIC website talks only about the need and/or exceptions for the test for workers in the low and semi-skilled profession. I did come across a post where you said you did not give it as you were in job suited to your NOC category. Since I cannot say that about myself, could you please give me your inputs. Thanks in advance. I do have a masters degree from BC, if that helps.

    • SimpleVancouver - May 4, 2016 @ 6:23 PM

      I apologize for the late reply, I stopped regularly checking this blog and just saw your comment. You are right, I didn’t have to provide the English test results due to the job category. They have changed the categories altogether and my knowledge may be a bit outdated, but I believe if you have a masters degree and can show your intention to stay in BC (maybe a current job, property or something along those lines) you don’t need a test. However, I do recommend that you contact Immigration Canada or BC PNP office to verify this.

  54. jackson - June 16, 2016 @ 10:18 PM

    Hey my pnp just got improved I was wondering If u can tell me how long it takes for the medical

  55. preet - June 19, 2016 @ 11:32 PM

    i applied my bc pnp in regular system in march 2015, is it possible to apply federal pr in express entry after you recieve your pnp in regular 16 months processing time,pz help me out

  56. Morningstar - November 18, 2016 @ 1:05 PM

    Congrats really glad you got Permanent residency visa. It was so helpful, really appreciate your efforts. Thank you

  57. Jasse - December 20, 2016 @ 10:34 PM

    I have got nomination by SINP and applied for PR a year ago in the end of Nov,2015. I have got my medical done and RPRF fee is done. My work permit is bonded with my employer. Now i don’t like working for my employer just for some personal reasons. Can i quit my job and stay home until i get my passport request and will that affects my PR file??
    Your answer will be highly appreciated.

  58. Van - December 29, 2016 @ 5:33 AM

    I have applied for Work permit support letter from BC PNP on 26th October. I haven’t got it yet. Just wondering how long does it take for them to give it. Please Help !!! 🙁

  59. Anonymous - January 3, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

    Really helpful information, thank you!

  60. Anonymous - February 2, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

    all the 2016 paper applications are delayed.

  61. Anonymous - February 2, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

    it’s been a year now since I received my AOR, done with the medical and now waiting for PPR for almost 3 months.

  62. Anonymous - March 7, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

    Hi I got bcpnp invitation on 8th December 2016 and I submitted my file with $550 fee and till now I haven’t get any update from bc pnp. Have anyone idea how long I ll wait it?

  63. Vikramjeet Singh - March 31, 2017 @ 3:21 AM

    Congratulations brah. applied for PNP invitation and took me 6 months or less not sure. Applied for BC pnp on october 2016 and got BC pnp approval letter on november 2016. then applied for pr on december 29 and got my file number on feb 15. Its been three months so far. what to expect next? any updates on processing time, less or more?

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