How Much Does It Cost to Immigrate to Canada?

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Deciding to move and settle into a foreign country does not come without its fair share of expenditure. From applying for the process for immigration and securing the documents that you need, to have a steady settlement fund, money is crucial when thinking about immigration.

If Canada is the country you have decided to move to then here is all that you need to know about the amount of money you need for the entire immigration process.

Application Fee

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Economic Class

  • You are eligible to apply under this class if you fall under the category of Federal Skilled Workers, Quebec Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, Caregiver Program, and Provincial Nominees.
  • The application fee for the principal applicant is $825.
  • The fee for people accompanying the principal applicant in the capacity of their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner is $825.
  • The application fee for a family member who is less than 19 years of age and not the applicant’s spouse is $225.

Family Class

  • The sponsor pays $75 per application for sponsorship
  • The principal applicant pays $475
  • If the principal applicant is under 19 years of age and not a spouse or common-law partner (including a dependent child of the sponsor, a child to be adopted, and an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew, or grandchild), the application fee is $75.
  • The spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner of the principal applicant pays $550
  • A family member of the principal applicant who is under 19 years of age but is not a spouse or common-law pays $150 each.

Investor/ Entrepreneur/ Self Employed

  • The application fee for the principal applicant is $1,050
  • The principal applicant spouse, the common-law partner, or conjugal partner, pays $550
  • The application fee for a family member who is less than 19 years of age and not the applicant’s spouse is $150.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)

RPRF cost is $490 per person.

Other Fees

Other fees include (in Canadian Dollars):

  • If you are from a non-English speaking country you need to take a language test approved by CIC such as the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test d’évaluation de francais (TEF).
    • IELTS’sfee is between $290 to $315
    • CELPIP’s cost is between $265 to $365
    • TEF fee ranges from $50 to $125.
  • In case you do not have an important document needed during immigration then you need to get them before you can apply. If the documents are not in English or French, you need to hire a translator
  • If your passport’s validity is about to end, you need to get it renewed.
  • You have to pay for your and your dependants’ medical examination fee to the physician chosen by CIC to conduct the examination. The fee depends upon your country and the physician’s charges.

Settlement Fund

To prove that you have enough money to fall back on once you move to Canada you need to actually have enough money in your bank account depending upon the size of your family.

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Generally, an applicant is required to have at least $10,000 and an additional $2,000 for the applicant’s spouse and for each accompanying dependent.

Travel Expenses

You need to book a ticket on a flight to Canada the fare of which depends upon your current location’s distance from Canada as well as period of travel.

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