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.

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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):

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

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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.

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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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