Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.
Note: Please use our new Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get up-to-date information on processing times under the Provincial Nominee Programs.
The PNPs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals for immigration to Canada. Each PNP is designed in order to respond to the province's/territory's specific needs, with provinces attracting individuals and families who will be able to settle into life and work in the region and to effectively contribute to the community.
Processing Times Tool
The government of Canada recently changed how immigration processing times are published. Use our Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get the latest information on Provincial Nominee Program processing times.
Most PNPs contain at least one stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. These are known as 'enhanced' nominations; to learn more about how the PNPs function with respect to the Express Entry system, click here.
Changes for 2016
The way in which Canadian immigration processing times are published by the government of Canada changed as of January, 2016. Processing times are not currently published per visa office; rather, they are published depending on when the application was submitted.
These processing times only apply to the federal part of the processing once the complete application for permanent residence has been received. It does not include the time it takes for the province or territory to process the nomination certificate.
Provincial Nominee Program Processing Times
|Was the application made online via the Express Entry system?||Application processing time|
|Yes, the application was made via Express Entry||6 months|
|No, the application was made through a 'base' PNP stream outside the Express Entry system||15 months|
The following is a list of visa offices where Provincial Nominee Program applications may be processed.