Provincial Nominee Program Processing Times

Last updated: 2 September 2020

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.

The Provincial Nominee Programs (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.

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.

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.


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 Entry6 months
No, the application was made through a 'base' PNP stream outside the Express Entry system15 to 19 months

 Visa Offices

The following is a list of visa offices where Provincial Nominee Program applications may be processed.

Bogota, Colombia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Havana, Cuba
Kingston, Jamaica
Lima, Peru
Los Angeles, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
New York City, United States
Ottawa (Case Processing Center), Canada
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Santiago, Chile
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Africa and the Middle East
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Accra, Ghana
Amman, Jordan
Ankara, Turkey
Beirut, Lebanon
Cairo, Egypt
Dakar, Senegal
Nairobi, Kenya
Pretoria, South Africa
Rabat, Morocco
Tel Aviv, Israel
Asia and Pacific
Beijing, China
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hong Kong, China
Islamabad, Pakistan
Manila, Philippines
New Delhi, India
Singapore, Singapore
Sydney, Australia
Bucharest, Romania
Kiev, Ukraine
London, United Kingdom
Moscow, Russia
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Warsaw, Poland