Express Entry

Weighing the costs and benefits of applying for Express Entry

A review of the distinct costs of acknowledging to an Invitation to Apply.

Immigration to Canada is usually a big decision, which leads to a high-quality education, healthcare, earnings, and all-around living standards.

In a 2020 study by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) discover that of the candidates given PR through Express Entry, 95% were settled economically (with both high employment rates, and level of income). Out of these, 83% got work in their primary field, and almost half got work in professions that generally needed a university degree (TEER 1). Additionally, successful candidates were receiving higher salaries than the average Canadian worker.

Taking this into consideration, it is significant to observe that there are costs related with applying for Express Entry that aspirants will have to induce, to efficiently move through the program.

After the submission of Express Entry profile and achieving an Invitation to Apply (ITA), from IRCC candidates get one step closer to immigrating to Canada under permanent residence (PR).

The Needed Documents

After getting an Invitation to Apply, the applicant will need to accept this invitation to proceed towards PR. Starting from here; applicants have 60 days to do the submission of needed papers to complete their application and accepted for PR in Canada.

These papers contain:

  • A valid passport copy;
  • A copy of applicant’s birth certificate;
  • Documentation attesting to work experience;
  • Medical exam conducted by an approved panel physician; and
  • Police clearance certificates.

Moreover with these papers, other documents may also be needed, depending on what stream of Express Entry candidate has selected. These can contain (but are particularly not limited to):

  • A letter of attestation from one’s employer;
  • Official transcripts of post-secondary education study program courses taken;
  • Proof of family relationship(s) in Canada;
  • Copies of work contracts and/or pay stubs; and
  • Documents relating to income taxation.

These papers can range lightly depending in which path of Express entry, applicant have applied to.

The Costs behind Applying

As for submitting the profile through Express Entry, the candidate will face circumferential costs in achieving all the significant documents for their application. Two common examples are:

Medical examination costs

The heavy cost here is generally sustained for an IME (Immigration Medical Exam). The Immigration Medical Exam is an accepted medical examination that should be conducted by an authorized panel physician (browsable through the IRCC directory). All connected costs here (inclusive of extra tests or treatment if needed) will require to be paid beforehand. Medical exam/ test results have a validity of up to 12 months.

While the accurate cost of an IME may differ moderately, they should approximately follow the same tiered pricing scheme (per an applicant’s age).

AGEPRICE (CAD)
0-4 Years$100
5-10 Years$140
11-14 Years$160
15-69 Years$180
70+ Years$230

*X-rays must be between $ 40-50; referrals to specialists and additional tests can sustain additional costs should they be required.

Police Clearance Certificates

Police checks and clearance documents will be significant to complete a finished application to acknowledge an ITA. This amount is distributed into federal processing fees and local processing fees in accord with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

At the time when the federal processing fee ($25) is relinquished for candidates who requires the record check for Canada immigration and citizenship purposes- the local processing fees for fingerprint collection will still execute. These prices alter between distinguish approved agencies and local authorities, however, generally fall between $30-35.

The Expense of success

The last cost comes once the candidates effectively reply to an ITA, and the government provides PR to them.

Once achieved PR, the candidate needs to pay a Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) of $515 per applicant. This is anticipated to be the last cost of the bureaucratic process. The candidate’s next set of expense will probably be around settling in Canada.

Can new PRs make their expenses back?

 Victorious candidates chosen under the Express Entry system are well-settled to experience success in the Canadian labour market; as they get chosen on the basis of their skills, and other human capital factors that Canadian employers respect highly.

As new permanent residents, lucky candidates under the Express Entry program will receive all the rights linked with the PR status; inclusive of reduced university and college tuitions, access to public healthcare, social programs, and a new great life in Canada.

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