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Most Commonly Asked: Questions About Permanent Residency

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

1. Is it faster to go through a provincial nominee program or through federal Express Entry?

Answer: The provincial nominee program (paper application process without Express Entry) is essentially a two-step process. The first step is to apply for nomination from the province using the provincial set of application forms and checklist. However, receiving a nomination does not mean that you are a permanent resident. It would take the second step, application for permanent residence to the federal government after receiving a provincial nomination, for the primary applicant and their dependents to become permanent residents. When you consider the timeline of both, the provincial nominee way is a longer process. However, most provinces are now on Express Entry too and do grant up to 600 points for provincial nomination and this way is not as long as the above mentioned. The fastest way for most people who are otherwise eligible, is Express Entry.