Timeline for my mom
2009 sponsorship approved; application sent to beijing office in Sept
Jun 6, 2012 - got the notification via email wrt physical exams and instructions to send along passport to beijing office
Jun 15, - took the exam locally in ottawa
Jul 8, - required receipts and passport mailed to beijing
Aug 6 - online status changed to 'decision made'
Aug 7 - received PR paperwork, passport stamped with immigration visa via mail