What Are the Requirements to Move to Canada?

Requirements to Move to Canada

Cost

When it comes to immigration costs, Canada is still quite affordable when compared to other popular immigration destinations such as Australia. A family of four immigrating to Canada is looking at paying approximately CAD $11, 000 less than a family of four immigrating to Australia. That’s a significant amount saved!

The amount of money you need to immigrate to Canada depends on the size of your family and the type of immigration program you will apply for. In addition, it involves settlement funds, processing fees, translation of necessary documents, and other expenses, including, for example, if you are bringing your pet.

Medical exams

This procedure is mandatory not only for Express Entry and PNPs but also for cases of temporary residence applications (like study or work visas). They are performed only by doctors accredited by the Canadian government.

The charged amounts ​​vary according to the doctor, the city, and country, as well as the required exams – usually a chest X-ray, blood work, and urine test. The best choice is to contact the nearest accredited specialist and ask about the prices.

After submitting your profile and receiving the Invitation to Apply (ITA), the candidate needs to send the documents and evidence that attests to the veracity of the data-informed on the profile.

The cost for translations also varies widely, with several factors of influence, especially the cost of the translator. However, it is recommended to save about CAD $350 to CAD$ 450 for these expenses.

IRCC Settlement Funds 

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) created the Express Entry system which is the most popular immigration pathway to Canada for skilled foreign workers and their close family members. The IRCC settlement funds change every year.

In 2021, a single applicant without a spouse or common-law partner and any dependent children must have a minimum of CAD $12, 960 in savings to qualify for permanent residency.

A couple who are immigrating to Canada must have a combined sum of CAD $16, 135 in settlement funds. Basically, you must add an additional CAD $3, 492 in savings for every additional dependent family member even if they don’t move to Canada with you.

Express Entry Processing Fees

There is no cost to creating an Express Entry profile. It’s only when you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and submit a complete application that you’ll need to pay a CAD$ 825 processing fee per adult. And if you have kids, you’ll need to pay an additional CAD $225 per dependent child accompanying you to Canada.

Also, the Canadian Government will charge you, CAD, $500 per adult in the couple for the Right of Permanent Resident. Children do not have to pay this fee.

Processing Fees and Settlement Funds for PNP Candidates

Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) are immigration pathways designed and managed by the 11 participating provincial and territorial governments. Candidates apply to a PNP in hopes of achieving a nomination that significantly increases their chances of immigrating to Canada.

Provincial application or processing fees are determined by each province and territory. They are added on top of the federal immigration fees that successful provincial nominees pay to apply for permanent residence.

The costs for the PNP applications are fixed for the whole family:

  • Alberta (AINP) – CAD$ 500
  • British Columbia (BC PNP) – CAD$ 1,150
  • Manitoba (MPNP) – CAD$ 500
  • New Brunswick (MBPNP) – CAD$ 250
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NLPNP) – CAD$ 250
  • Nova Scotia (NSNP) – CAD$ 0
  • Ontario (OINP) – CAD$ 1,500 to CAD$ 2,000
  • Prince Edward Island (PEI PNP) – CAD$ 300
  • Saskatchewan (SINP) – CAD$ 350
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