How much money do you need to immigrate to Canada?
When we think of Immigration to a developed country, the first thing that comes in our mind is the cost of immigration. As we all know most consultants project the immigration process as a very complicated and expensive process because apart from actual expense they also add their hefty professional charges, leading to surging in overall cost for an immigration process. But actual Canada PR visa fees are not that high.
In this post, I will discuss the detailed overview of Canada PR Visa fees and analyze the cost that will incur during your dream immigration to Canada.
Here is the overview :
|Expense Type||Principal Applicant (CAD)||Spouse (CAD)||Dependent Child (Per child) (CAD)|
|Processing fees (to be submitted after ITA)(w.e.f 30 April 2020)||825||825||225|
|Right to Permanent Residence fees (can be paid at last stage and refundable in case of rejection if paid with processing fee) (w.e.f 30 April 2020)||500||500||–|
|Bio metrics Fees||85||85||–|
|Total (CAD)||$ 2175||$ 2175||$ 390|
Let us discuss the detailed overview of Canada PR visa fees and summary of all the charges that will incur during your Canada Immigration application.
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Canada Application Process Fee
Processing fees are paid once you get an invitation to apply. This is the cost that the immigration authority charges as your Canada application process fees and hence it is usually non-refundable.
Applying as a Federal Skilled Worker, Under Express Entry, the processing fees are paid for the principal applicant, accompanying spouse, and the dependent child you are bringing to Canada on your application. This fee is paid upfront while submitting your file with all other required documents to CIC.
- $850 CAD for Principal Applicant,
- $850 CAD for an accompanying spouse or common-law partner.
- $225 CAD for each dependent child.
Right of Permanent Residence Fee
- Also known as RPRF, it is paid for the principal applicant and accompanying spouse. Applicants are notified by CIC once screening is done and they are about to issue a PR visa under Express Entry. However, CIC recommends paying it upfront with processing fees to avoid any further delay to the processing of your file because eventually delay in fee payment, leads to an increase in processing time. Moreover, it is refundable if your file is returned
- $500 CAD for Principal Applicant,
- $500 CAD for an accompanying spouse or common-law partner.
- No fees for dependent children.
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Language Proficiency Test Cost
There are two authorized test providers in English, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). If you want to take your language test in French, you must take the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).
The most popular language proficiency test by far is the IELTS (International English Language Testing System.) Both spoken and written English is tested through various methods. Most English speaking countries accept the IELTS score, and as a result it can be recycled easily for multiple immigration programs in different countries.
IELTS fees : Approx $ 250 CAD ( Vary from country to country)
If you have sufficient CRS (465 or more) by our own for Canada Express Entry, then you can avoid your spouse IELTS to save money and reduce expenses towards your Canada PR visa fees.
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Educational credential assessment (ECA)
An Educational credential assessment (ECA) is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one. There are different types of ECAs. You need to get an ECA for immigration purposes.
Educational credential assessment (ECA) is mandatory to apply under Canada Express Entry. Basically, the level of your degree will be judged through this process. In Canada, there are different associations, for example, World Education Services, which will assess your educational records and give you an ECA report.
There are 5 designated organizations to get an ECA for Canada Immigration:
- Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. (CEC)
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada. (ICAS)
- World Education Services. (WES)
- International Qualifications Assessment Service. (IQAS)
- International Credential Evaluation Service. (ICES)
The assessment cost about $250 CAD. Apart from this, you need to pay to get your transcript from the university and courier the documents to the designated organization which costs around $100 CAD.
Therefore Total Cost of ECA process is around $300 CAD.
If you have sufficient CRS (465 or more) by our own, then you can avoid your spouse ECA to save money .
To be able to be qualified, your ECA must be positive. But irrespective if your ECA comes positive or negative, the amount is non-refundable.ECA is not required in case your education is from the Canada only.
A medical test for Canadian immigration is done to ensure that you are a healthy individual is of no threat coming and settling in the country. The medical reports must be obtained from the designated professionals/doctor as decided by the Canadian authorities.
An IRCC-approved medical exam will include a personal medical history questionnaire, a physical examination, and other possible tests as determined to be relevant by your panel physician. If your physician needs more information about your health, they may refer you to a specialist for additional testing. You are legally entitled to bring a chaperone to your appointment, if you would like.
You need to carry your passport and other necessary documents, which can be verified from the doctor while taking the appointment.
The expense of this assessment is around $150 CAD per member.
Police Clearance Certificate
You have to submit their Police clearance report with their final application, to ensure candidate doesn’t have any criminal history or was ever involved in any illegal practice in their home country/any country where the candidate has resided over 6 months. This means that if within the period of last 10 years, if you have resided in any country for 6 months or more, then a PCC of that country also need to be included in your application.
The External Affairs Ministry of every country gives the Police Clearance Report that must be furnished to the Canadian authorities.
You have to fill an expense of $15 CAD for PCC
Proof of funds
You may be required to show proof of funds if you are applying for Canadian permanent residence through Express Entry. The applicant needs to demonstrate that they have enough money available to support themselves and their family as they settle into a new life in Canada by submitting the proof of funds document.
You don’t need to spend this money. But, you do need to prove to the visa officer that you could spend it. Therefore, If the applicant is unable to provide proof of funds documentation, their application will likely be refused or rejected.
Proof of funds table
|Number of family members||Funds required (in CAD)|
|For each additional family member||$3,492|
Who counts as family?
If required, you must submit proof of funds to support yourself and your family members. In this case, family members refer to yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, and all dependent children.
Please note: the proof of funds is required for all family members regardless of whether or not they plan to accompany you to Canada.
This means that even if your spouse plans to stay in your home country, they still count towards your total family members.
In this instance, family members do not include relatives outside of your partner and children, like parents, siblings, and cousins.
Not for all programs. The proof of funds requirement applies to all applicants using the Express Entry system except for those:
- Applying under the Canadian Experience Class program, or
- Applying with a valid job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Fees
If an applicant doesn’t possess enough points to get a direct invitation from federal government, then Provincial Nominee Program is the other route available. However, some of the Province now charge fees from the applicant who apply to the applicants.
PNP fees table
|Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)||Application Fees|
|Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)||0 CAD|
|British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)||1150 CAD|
|Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)||500 CAD|
|New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)||250 CAD|
|Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)||0 CAD|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)||250 CAD|
|Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)||0 CAD|
|Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)||1500 CAD|
|Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP)||300 CAD|
|Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)||350 CAD|
|Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)||0 CAD|
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If you are not aware of Canada Immigration or you don’t have enough time to process your application by your own , then you has to hire an immigration consultant. Immigration representative typically charge from $1000 to $5000 for following activities:
- ECA arrangements
- Educational transcripts arrangement from university
- IELTS preparation material and tips
- Application filing and submission
- Documents submission
If you hire an agent, your major portion of Canada PR visa fees counts towards this expenditure.
NOTE : You can do it by own to save money because process is quite transparent and easy. By reading this blog and many other immigration blog you can find all information related to the Canada immigration.
I hope from here, you will get a clear idea of how an immigration process with the cost you. Feel free to ask a question in Discussion Forum.
How much money do you need to immigrate to Canada?
For a single applicant, the total cost of immigration to Canada is about 2200 CAD, if applied directly through Express Entry without any consultant.
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