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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) 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.

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.

You must:

  • Fill out the forms on your computer. When you are done:
    • Validate the Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] (PDF, 553.83KB) 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, 395.04KB) 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 your family members who will come to Canada

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

If your application is complete, we’ll let you know and we’ll send your application to one of our offices for processing. Once we start processing your application, we cannot refund your processing fee. Make sure you’re eligible before you apply.

b) The Right of Permanent Residence Fee

If we approve your application, you must pay this fee before you can become a permanent resident.

We will refund this fee if:

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

If your spouse or common law partner will be joining you in Canada you’ll need to pay a separate right of permanent residence fee before they can become a permanent resident.


You must include the processing fee with your application.

Find out how to pay your fees.

Other fees

You may have to pay fees to third parties for:

4. 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 and
  • include all the supporting documents (You must include a copy of the nomination certificate that the province or territory sent you.)

You should also:

Use the Document Checklist (PDF, 395.04KB) 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 us

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

Regular mail:

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


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 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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