I had applied for my Canadian PR through the Federal Skilled Worker(FSW) category at Nova Scotia. I received confirmation from them that my application had been verified and my case has been transferred to the Visa Office in Buffalo. As requested, I sent a copy of my application forms along with the Right of Permanent Residence Fee to the Visa Office in Buffalo in May 2009 and my application has been pending there since then.
In the meanwhile, I had also applied for nomination through the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program and got the approval from them about 10 days ago. The AINP now wanted me to submit the application forms to CIC at the Visa Office in Buffalo. I called AINP to inform them that my application under FSW category was already submitted and I had enclosed a copy of the application forms with my AINP application. I was told that I will need to pick one of the categories FSW or AINP and if I choose AINP, I will have to withdraw my FSW application. The fees that I already paid could be adjusted.
I am in a dillemma as to which option I need to choose not knowing the processing times. My FSW has been with the Visa Office since May 2009 and I do not have an idea how much longer that would take. I heard the AINP approved applications at the Buffalo Visa office will get processed faster but I do not have any idea on the timelines. I am looking for guidance on picking the right alternative and appreciate the same.
Please note that my FSW application lists Calgary as my preferred port of entry and so there is no conflict with the province.
I feel that the application through provincial nomination would be much faster compared to FSW. As in my case, i applied to CIC through AINP in August and got my approval this January. I am waiting for my VISA in my passport now which i had sent to them last week. In effect it took me just 5.1 months for my CIC processing. Hope this helped.