How much is the Canada PR Visa Fees?

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 TypePrincipal Applicant (CAD)Spouse (CAD)Dependent Child (Per child) (CAD)
Processing fees (to be submitted after ITA)(w.e.f 30 April 2020)825825225
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)500500
Bio metrics Fees8585
Medical Fees 150150150
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

  1. 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.

Must read : Express Entry mid-year report 2019

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.

Medical Test

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

Other charges

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 membersFunds 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:

  1. Applying under the Canadian Experience Class program, or
  2. 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

Must visit : Canada PNP programs.

Consultancy charges

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.

Must Visit : Discussion Forum.

Must Read : Express Entry year end report-2019.

44 thoughts on “How much is the Canada PR Visa Fees?”

  1. What are the my chances
    Age-26 post graduate unmarried 4 years of experience

    • You have to score clb 9 i.e. ( L-8 S-7 R-7 W-7) in ielts
      With this score you have enough crs to get an ITA

  2. how can i get a good Job and stay in Canada , and how can I get immigration to Canada , Iam from South Sudan ?

    • Getting job offer while you are out of Canada is quite difficult.
      However , you can plan to immigrate to Canada.
      Please provide following information to access your profile.
      Level of education-
      Work experience-
      Marital status-
      IELTS score –

    • I have 12 years experiences , 2 years with the Save children in Abyei region office 2008 , 9 years Experience working with united nations in South Sudan since 2010 up to date now .

  3. Considering your age it is not possible for you to get a direct ITA.
    However you can try through province nomination program, if your occupation is in demand in a specific province.
    What is field of your work ?.

  4. Can a wife be a principal applicant and bring her husband and children with herself?

  5. I am 30 and post graduate..i am a primary school teacher under government office.job experience after graduation more than 6 years.but i have got this job before comlpeting my i have total 8 years job experience. .unmarrie, from Bangladesh.what are my chances? And required ielts score?

    • If you are able to get CLB 9 ( LWRS-8777) in IELTS, you can get a direct ITA and your NOC doesn’t matter. However, if you fail to do so and achieve minimum 6 band in each module, then you have to choose PNP route , where we have to check which province accepting you NOC.

    • IELTS is mandatory to get Canada PR, 1 questions- What was primary qualifications for the job you are doing and are you a primary teacher or secondary teacher.

  6. I am resistered pharmacist here in India.. I am working on retail pharmacy store and I have more than five years of experience… I want to apply in noc 3219…. Age 38… Ielts 6each… Any chance for me???

    • Currently your noc is not in demand in any province and with higher age and lower IELTS score don’t have any chance with direct ITA. But Don’t worry PNP occupation list keeps on changing.

  7. I have a bachelor degree in English and seven years Of experiences in teaching and the following three years I am going to finish my master degree in linguistics. I am studying in China. Any chances for me ?

    • You have better chances after completing your master’s as it will boost your CRS score. Currently, if your are working as a Early childhood educators and assistants, then only you can seek a nomination from AINP.

  8. I want to move to Canada , I’m here at South Africa more than 10 years without anyright paper just an Asylum Seeker and no job

  9. Am 40years old
    Have HND (Evaluation with wes in progress)
    Ielts June 29, 2019 Listening 8.5, Speaking 7, writing 7 and reading 9
    Job administrative officer (presently)

    Pls what do you advice.

    • Hello Edith,
      Are you married ? if yes then, education and ielts core of your spouse.
      Is HND considered as Graduation ?
      please provide following information for complete evaluation.

  10. I have done B.A ,M.A ,B.ED and Nursery teacher’s training ….I am 33 yrs old and married also and I have a 11yrs old baby boy…so tell me my points and eligibility…I have 5 yrs teaching experience

    • Dear Monika
      You have a good scope if you are able to get IELTS score of 8777 (LWRS).
      For PNP, your noc ‘ early childhood educator’ is in demand in Nova Scotia and Alberta.
      Please share your spouse education level.I will evaluate and share all possibility of Canada immigration for you.

  11. Does my spouse HAVE to do IELTS and WES?

  12. Am Francis from Kenya, how can I apply to get permanent residence in Canada.

  13. Age- 42
    Level of education- PhD Public health, NOC 4011
    Work experience- 21 years
    Marital status- Married
    IELTS score – L-7.5, R-6.0, W-7.5, S-8.5

    My current CRS score is 423 and have a Sask. PNP of 66. Any thoughts on this?

    • Try to improve your ielts score, you will get a direct ITA, If not then you have to wait for SINP EOI.

  14. Me and my husband are doctors with 5 years experience. If I apply to Canada immigration, how much the chances of success is ?

  15. Hello,

    I am from Bangladesh,
    my Education qualification : Master’s in Business Administration, Major in Marketing.
    Experience; 6 year’s plus in Retail Sales as Retail Sales Manager in a Renowned company.
    Age :33 plus. My spouse also Master’s degree holder with 2 years job experience in Teaching. I have a Toddler 2 yrs.

    So can I applying for SINP or any other PNP program. Also please confirm me what about chances to get ITA.



    • Hello Md. Nurul abser
      You and your wife both have master’s. Therefore you have better chance of getting a direct ITA if you are able to score CLB 9 (LWRS 8777) in IELTS. With this score you don’t have to look for PNP as you can get a dierect ITA.
      What is your Wife’s Age.
      If she is youger than you, then she can be principle Applicants.
      I recommend you both of you to appears for IELTS.

  16. thanks for reply.

    If unable to get expected level score in IELTS if average score like as 6 band in each. Then Can I apply for SINP or other programs. What about my chance for getting PR in Canada. Basically I am principle applicant. No other option.

  17. Hello ,

    I am 32 years old I am married and I have two children 6 and 1 year.
    My wife is 25 years old and we are in Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.
    My wife has no professional experience, she just did several internships. I have 4 years of experience as a boilermaker and 3 years of experience as Assistant business manager. I have an assessment of current knowledge via WES plus a TEF / NCLC:
    Listening 6, speaking 9, writing 8, and reading 5
    What are my chances of obtaining permanent residence

    • Hello FlavienTonhy
      Your Score in speaking is quite good. However you need to improve your score in LWR.
      For your complete assessment I need to know level of education for both of you.

  18. Can you please give more details on the LWR score? I don’t understand what to say.

    I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and my wife has a bachelor’s degree in instrumentation

  19. My spouse age is 30. But she is not interested to apply as principal applicant. So better evaluate score as consider myself as principal applicant.

  20. Dear Md. Nurul
    You score points 63 with an IELTS score of 6 band in each module for sinp. Here is your break up :
    Education master’s- 23 points
    Exp 6 years (5+1)- 10 points
    Language- CLB-7 ( 6 band in each module)- 18 points
    Age (22-34 years ) -12 points
    Your Total points are – 63
    Your NOC retail Managers (0631) is in demand in SINP. With 63 points you have no chance with SINP as in last draw candidates with a minimum score of 70 points was invited.
    You can increase your score : 1) 2 points in IELTS -By score CLB 8 in ielts (L- 7.5, w-6.5, s-6.5,r-6.5)
    2) 2 points for work experience – 7 years of work experience you will gain 2 additional points( form here you will gain 1 point for additional each year of experience. Max- 10 points).
    With these improvement, you have 67 points, which provide a slim chance for you in SINP.
    Remember you will lose 2 points for age once you are 35.

    I recommend you to give IELTS and get your ECA done and be prepared in case SINP score lower to 67 points.


  21. Project manager assistant for metal works at TOTAL E&P CONGO pointe noire, Republic of Congo From February 20, 2018 to today:

    *Guarantee the performance of major maintenance works (Major Inspection or Requalification of capacities and OVENS) Or of integrity (Piping
    and structural elements)

    Boilermaker team leader in Ponticelli from April 20, 2015 to August 04, 2016 in Pointe Noire Republic of Congo:

    *Realization of the phase 1 bis moho project on the ALIMA FPU Moho Bilondo TOTAL E&P


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