Application costs for Canada immigration have gone up

Costs of PNP and Express Entry

PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) and Express Entry are two Canada immigration programs that help skilled immigrants to come and settle in Canada. Lately, the costs of applying for permanent residence (PR) via these programs have gone up.

From $700, the cost of applying for the British Columbia PNP Skills Immigration stream has gone up to $1,150. BC states that the hike in the price will enable it to serve the increased number of applicants for its PNP. As of now, there are 9,500 provincial nominees from BC in line waiting to receive their PR.

Most skilled worker candidates who have got a provincial nomination would have to pay an application fee from $250 to $2,000. But for PNPs operated by Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, and Alberta won’t charge an application fee for Canada PNP applications.

Generally, applicants for entrepreneur visas in most provinces will have to bear a higher fee that ranges between $1,000 and $3,500.

The system of immigration Canada has the shared involvement of both the federal government and the provinces. With PNP, which started in 1998, the Canadian provinces and territories find the required immigrants in the required numbers to meet their specific labor market needs.

For such immigration, the fees for application and processing are decided by each province and territory. The fees are added on top of the federal immigration fees. That fee is paid for by successful provincial nominees with their payments to apply for permanent residence.

Here is a list of application fees paid by the candidates for different PNPs.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)   Application Fee
YNP (Yukon Nominee Program) $0
SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) $350
PEI PNP (Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program) $300
OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) $1,500-2,000
NTNP (Northwest Territories Nominee Program) $0
NSNP (Nova Scotia Nominee Program) $0
NLPNP (Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program) $250
NBPNP (New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program) $250
MPNP (Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program) $500
BC PNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program) $1,150
AINP (Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) $0

After an impressive growth since the 1990s, today it stands as the second most popular pathway for Canadian immigrants to get PR. The first place in this regard goes to Express Entry.

In Express Entry, the faster way to immigrants to get to PR, the federal fee for a single person is $1,325 to apply for PR. In the case of couples, each member will have to pay the same fee. If there are dependent children, each of them will incur a fee of $225. Besides these costs, there’s an $85 biometric fee to be paid for a single person. It’s $170 for a family.

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