Provincial Nominee Program: How to apply (paper process)

How to apply

Fill out your application

Once you’ve been nominated by a province or territory, you can submit an application for permanent residence.

The 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.

If you aren’t truthful in your application for permanent residence we may:

  • refuse your application
  • find you inadmissible
  • bar you for up to 5 years from applying for permanent resident status

Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include:

You have to pay your fees online.

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

After you pay the biometrics fee with a complete application, we’ll send you a letter confirming that you need to give your biometrics and where you can go. You must show this letter when you give your biometrics.

You must give your biometrics in person. Make sure to book an appointment if this service is offered. Find a collection point close to you.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you and show you how to pay them.

Submit your application

Before you send us your application, make sure you:

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

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

Mail your application to us

Mail your application and your online payment receipt to the address in the instruction guide.

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

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