Apply (paper-based process) – Provincial nominees

Follow these steps to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) through the paper-based application process. (Or, find out how to apply electronically through Express Entry.)

1. Get a provincial nomination certificate

Visit the website for the province or territory where you want to live to find out how to get a nomination certificate.

Follow the instructions on the province or territory’s website and apply for one of their PNP streams. (Do not submit an application for an Express Entry PNP stream, unless you wish to apply through that process.)

The province or territory will review your application. If you meet their criteria, they will issue you a nomination certificate. You must submit a copy of the nomination certificate when you apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence.

2. Fill out your application      

Once you have been nominated by a province or territory, you can submit an application for permanent residence to CIC.

The CIC application package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out after a province or territory has nominated you. The guide will help you fill out the forms properly.

You must:

  • Fill out the forms on your computer. When you are done:
    • Validate the Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] (PDF, 479.00 KB) online. Click the “validate” button on the top or bottom of the form. If there are any fields you still need to fill out, they will be marked in red.
    • Print the validated application form, including the barcode page(s). (This page will come up after you validate the form.)
    • Sign and date the form where asked.
    • Include all the pages of the application form, including the barcode page(s), with your application.
    • Print the other forms, and sign and date them where asked.
  • Verify that your answers are complete and true.
  • Fill out all the forms listed in the application package. Use the Document Checklist (PDF, 728.82 KB) to make sure you do not miss anything.

Find out more about the barcode form.

3. Pay your application fees

You will have to pay:

a) The processing fee for you and the family members who will come to Canada with you.

You must pay a separate fee for each person who is included on your application and will be joining you in Canada. Check the fee list to see how much it will be.

An officer will assess your application to see if it is complete. If it is not, we will reject your application and refund your processing fee.

If your application is complete, we will tell you and we will send your application to one of our offices for processing. That office will assess the rest of your application. Once this has started, we cannot refund your fee.

b) The Right of Permanent Residence fee

You and your spouse or common-law partner (if you have one and if they are coming with you to Canada) must pay this fee if we approve your application.

You must pay this fee before you can become a permanent resident. Check the fee list to see how much it will be.

We will refund this fee if:

  • you cancel your application,
  • we do not approve your application or
  • you decide not to come to Canada.

c) Other fees

You must also pay fees to third parties for:

  • a medical exam,
  • a police certificate,
  • an Educational Credential Assessment, if you need it,
  • language testing, if you need it, and
  • other fees, depending on your case.

How to pay your fees

You must pay your processing fees in Canadian dollars. The easiest way to do so is online.

To pay online, you must:

  • have a PDF reader,
  • have a printer,
  • have a valid email address,
  • have a Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express® credit card, and
  • print the “receipt of payment” page when you are done and include it with your application.

If you cannot or do not want to pay online, you must fill out the Fee Payment Form (IMM 5620) (PDF, 617.09 KB) in the application package and include it with your application.

See the application guide for more detailed information on fees.

4. Submit your application

Before you send your application to CIC, make sure you:

  • answer all questions,
  • sign your application and all forms,
  • include your processing fee and
  • include all the supporting documents (Note: You must include a copy of the nomination certificate that the province or territory sent you.)

You should also:

Use the Document Checklist (PDF, 728.82 KB) to make sure you do not miss any steps. This will help make sure your application is complete and help avoid processing delays.

If your application is incomplete, we will reject it and send it back to you. You will have to fix any errors and then re-submit it.

Mail your application to CIC

Mail your application and your fee payment form or receipt for paying online to the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia (Canada):

Regular mail:

Citizenship & Immigration Canada
Provincial Nominee Program
Centralized Intake Office
PO BOX 1450
Sydney, NS  B1P 6K5


Citizenship & Immigration Canada
Provincial Nominee Program
Centralized Intake Office
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS  B1P 5Z2

Do not send your application to the visa office that serves your home country.

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