How Much Money it Costs to Immigrate to Canada

How Much Money Does it Cost to Move to Canada

There are costs involved when immigrating to Canada. Here we will break down these charges, and get you clear on when they need to be paid.


Pre-Express Entry Submission Costs


Submitting your application into the Express Entry pool is free.  The Canadian Government does not charge you for that part of the process.


However, to qualify for submitting your application to the Express Entry pool, you will need 2 documents that do have a cost to obtain:


  • your language test


You will need to sit either the English or French test or both.  Plus if your spouse is accompanying you and they speak English or French it is wise to have them sit the language test/s as well, however, it is not compulsory. The cost of each language test is $300 CAD


  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)


Before you submit an express entry application you will need your ECA.  This assessment will determine your educational equivalence when compared to Canadian standard qualifications.  If your spouse has post-secondary formal education of 2 years or more, they should obtain their ECA as well, however, it is not compulsory. The cost of your ECA is $200 CAD


The good news is that these two documents are the only ones you need to pay for to submit your Express Entry application to be considered for Permanent Residency to Canada.


Cost after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA)


Once you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency of Canada you will be required to submit a further range of documents to confirm your eligibility for Permanent Residency.  These documents have a fee to obtain.


  • Biometrics


You will need to provide your Biometrics to the Government of Canada. The cost of your Biometrics is $85 to $100 CAD per person


  • Medical Examination fees


Each person on your application will need to undergo a medical to ensure they are medically fit. The cost of medical exam fees is $450 to $650 CAD per adult and $250 to $375 CAD per child.


  • Police Clearance Certificates (PCC)


The average cost of a PCC is $100 to $300 for each country you have lived in.


Canadian Government Fees


The Canada Government Fees are due at the end of the process. The current Canada Visa fees in 2024 are:
Visa Application Charge – Main Applicant CAD $1525
Visa Application Charge – Each additional applicant 18+ : CAD $1525
Each additional applicant Under 18: CAD $260
Also, note that there is the required amount of funds that you have to show the Canadian Government that you have available for your use in immigrating to Canada. This amount is not a fee, you don’t pay it to the Government.  It is simply an amount of money that is yours, that you can use to support yourself and your family through the initial period of arriving and settling in Canada.
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