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Moving to Canada: Passport Request (PPR)

After a long day at work last Monday, I was half asleep in the car when my phone chirped with a notification for a new e-mail that had just come in. “Oh great, my credit card bill has arrived…” I thought, while straining my half open eyes against the blazing Manila afternoon sun.

Then I saw the subject of the e-mail, “Request for Passport”.

Suddenly wide awake, I immediately opened the email and quickly messaged V to check his e-mail as well. At this point, I really hope that this wasn’t just a dream since we’ve finally reached the last part of the moving to Canada process! Our passports are being requested by the Canadian Embassy for visa issuance! 🙂

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I still remember about a couple of weeks ago, V and I were combing the many forums online, comparing the timeline of our application with others who are going through or have already gone through the process of getting their PR visas. Based on the experiences of most, we were expecting that the passport request should come about two and a half months after the Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR). We got our AOR on the 2nd of December 2016, so our PPR came a bit before our estimate of mid-February. Our agency said that we were lucky because we didn’t have to submit additional documents.

Here’s our updated timeline:

January 2016: PEI Letter of Intent

September 1, 2016: Invitation to Apply from PEI

September 15, 2016: Submission of Documents

September 26, 2016: Request for Application Fee for PEI PNP Nomination

October 5, 2016: Received Nomination Certificate from PEI

October 12, 2016: Express Entry Draw, Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA)

October 18, 2016: Upfront medical at St. Luke’s Bonifacio Global City

December 2, 2016: Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR). Medical passed at this point. 

February 6, 2017: Passport Request (PPR)



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Hello Justin Trudeau here we come!!!! 🙂


Here we go! One last step to go before we get that visa!

Moving to Canada will be a daunting task for anyone and If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

36 thoughts on “Moving to Canada: Passport Request (PPR)”

  1. Congratulations to you!!! I just received AOR two days ago and I’m really happy to see that many people receive PPR quickly enough. That’s really great! Good luck with submission of your passports!

      1. No, I’m not a provincial nominee. I received a direct ITA in the beginning of January when CRS cut-off points finally went down. Anyway, I’m planning to go to Ontario.

  2. Congratulations on this enormous achievement. I also have the same timeline expectations for my ppr (2.5 months) since i’m a pnp nominee (NB).

    1. Thanks Miguel! And congratulations to you as well!

      Where are you applying from? I hear that the speed of things such as PPR and Visa stamping are influenced by how much workload the local Canadian embassy has for the moment.

  3. Hi,
    Congratulations on your progress! Pls I would like to put in my application for this current PEI, but I heard that they give preference to people with qualifications where there is skill shortage. How true is this and if there are, which fields might that be?

    1. Hi Habbey!

      Nobody really knows where they give preference to in terms of qualifications and/or skill shortages since being nominated by the province does not guarantee one a job once they land.

      However, PEI’s main industries are tourism, seafood processing and technology… so that should give you a fair idea of what drives the island’s economy.

      Hope this helps, good luck! 🙂

  4. Hi. Congrats! I was wondering how long before you got your passport back after sending it to the embassy? Cheers.

    1. Hi Jinsoo!

      We got ours back in less than a month actually. It was around 2-3 weeks if I remember correctly. Wasn’t really expecting it to be that quick.

      I think it will really depend on the load that the embassy has when you submit your passports. Some will be processed faster than others. Safe to assume at least a month to a max of three months.

      Hope this helps!

  5. I submitted my application by June 6 2017, and got the AOR same day. This is not PNP just a regular Express entry. I have my filing done through a consultancy. May be because i am afraid that they might miss the notification, i am asking you how is the trend – what is the average time that people are waiting to receive the PPR. Also since this year the application is hgher number, do you think it will be delayed unusually. What do you think.

    1. Hi Sij!

      We waited approximately two months for our PPR after AOR.

      December 2, 2016: Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR). Medical passed at this point.
      February 6, 2017: Passport Request (PPR)

      Hopefully that timeline doesn’t increase with the higher number of applicants right now.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Hello i have received nomination from ontario on 30 may 2017 and ITA on 31st of MAy 2017. Medical was done on 7 june. AOR request on 16/6/17.
    So i want to ask when PPR is expected?

    1. Hi Harpreet,

      We waited approximately two months for our PPR after AOR.

      December 2, 2016: Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR). Medical passed at this point.
      February 6, 2017: Passport Request (PPR)

      Hopefully, that timeline doesn’t increase with the higher number of applicants right now.

      Hope this helps!

  7. Hi.

    Did you receive the PPR/COPR only for the primary applicant? Will there be a seperate COPR for secondary applicants?

    In my case, I am the primary applicant and wife and kid are secondary. Have received the COPR in my name with application number and UCI number. Should we wait for secondary applicants as well?


      1. Hi Saket,

        You’re supposed to get the COPR for all applicants. We got ours (me as the primary and my wife as the dependent) at the same time. You should wait for the COPR of your wife and kid and if it doesn’t arrive anytime soon, maybe you can call the Canadian embassy?

        As for your other question, we were able to receive our passports back with the PR visa around two weeks after submitting them. Do note though, that it may take up to a month for passports to be returned. I think it depends on how busy the embassy is.

        Hope this helps!

          1. Congratulations, Saket! 🙂 glad to hear that!

            May I ask which province you and your family are planning to settle in?

  8. Hi, so came across your post by sheer luck. You guys must have already moved and I hope the new place has been kind to you. I am a banker and my husband is a software engineer. Since my points were higher I became the primary applicant. I got my AOR on 9 dec 2017 and medical cleared by 6 Jan. But there has been no updates since then. How do I find out what’s causing the delay and what can I do to help the process along for PPR. the wait is killing me.

    1. Hi Lothika!

      I’m not really sure what’s keeping them from issuing the PPR. But from what we’ve heard and read before, PPR issuance times can really vary from application to application. The great part is that you passed your medical and there shouldn’t be a reason for them to not give you a PPR.

      Yes. Waiting for times like these will really be bad. But, for someone who has already gone through everything and is already here in Canad, believe me when I tell you to take your time and enjoy the Philippines some more. You will miss it. 🙂

      I apologize for not being to give any concrete or specific help or advise. Do keep us updated on your progress though. Good luck!

  9. Hey Congratulations.
    I am also a PNP Candidate.mentioning my timeline below.
    Application For SPNP : 1st Jan 2018
    Nomination Received : 9th Feb 2018
    ITA Received : 22nd Feb 2018
    eAOR Received : 15th March 2018
    Medicals Passed : 26th March 2018
    Would like to know approximately when will i receive my PPR according to your experience.

  10. Hi ,
    Felt so good after reading your story. Well even mine ppr is awaited. Submitted my file on 2.2.18.
    And now m passing each day with great hope, and desperately waiting for ppr. I wish I also recieve it a bit early as you.
    Cross fingers.

    1. Hi Shika!

      Good to hear your story as well. Always good to see those who have made it to your stage as it means that the finish line (before the start of another race) is near!

      You’ll get the PPR soon, don’t worry.

      1. Thanks!! The wait is killing me. It’s three months now since I submitted my docs and paid visa fees. Now each day is heavy on me. Just pray I get it this week.

  11. Hi
    I am also in the process of receiving our ppr. Received aor on 24th April, being hopeful and praying hard to get the golden email in May. Can you suggest what different to do during this time apart from researching Canada during this period?

    1. 1. Spend time with family and friends that won’t be coming with you to Canada!

      2. Eat all your favorite foods at your favorite restaurants!

      3. Get some SUN. Enjoy time at the beach! There’s sunshine and heat here, but it’s not the same and you will miss it after a while.

      4. Pamper yourself! Massages, salons etc. These things are expensive here.

      5. Maybe take an online course?

      The most important thing would be the first point about spending time with important people that won’t be coming with you.

      Congratulations on your impending move to Canada! Wishing you the best of luck. ☺️

  12. Hi! I finally received my PPR mail last May 30. However, I noticed that the reflected UCI is different from that on my application profile in myCIC account. They put my application no. on my UCI, making both my application no. & UCI the same.
    I already sent an email to manila visa office and CPC – Ottawa and they only sent me automated replies.

    Manila VO – will reply within 28 days
    Ottawa – within 10 business days.

    I was only given 30 days to submit my passport and I’m worried that I may not meet deadline should they fail to give me concrete answers on how to proceed since they said they have high volume of inquiries.

    Should I not get any reply from them by next week, do you think it would be better to send the copy of the letter they sent me anyway ( with wrong UCI) together with my passport? How long does it usually takes for vfs manila to send passport to visa office once you submit your passport to them?
    Email reflected on my PPR mail is, so I’m assuming the visa office to where to submit my passport is Manila.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Juliet,

      You mean both the UCI and Application Number are the same? That’s pretty weird. I guess you can wait for Ottawa’s reply and see what they say. We did get our emails from the same email address.

      Hope this helps!

  13. Hi! I’m new to your blog. I just want to ask. In your application, for education, did you submit both the copy of the original diploma not in English and the translated one? Or just the translated diploma? Thanks!

  14. Hi.
    My medical tests have been passed. Does this, in any way, guarantee the ppr?
    Aor received: 12th May
    Medicals passed: 25th May

    By when can I expect the ppr? I am in a hurry actually. My term starts this September in Canada. I cannot apply for student visa too. All my bets are placed on receiving ppr in time.

    1. Hi Suresh!

      I would say passing the medicals would assure that the PPR is coming. The only concern now is when. We received our PPR roughly a month after passing the medicals and the passports were returned two weeks after submitting them. It all depends on how busy the local Canadian embassy is where you are from.

      Good luck!

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