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COSTS & EXPENSES - Immigration Process

IMPORTANT

With the aim of having the Canadian Embassy check your documents to see if you fill the CIC requirements for Permanent Resident Visa, you must pay for the processing fees.

In case you are accepted and you travel, you must pay for the right of permanent resident fees. The total cost will depend of the number of family members travelling to Canada.

It is also a requirement being able to prove that you count on the funds to support yourself and your family for 6 months.

1. PROCESSING FEES

This is the amount you must pay the Canadian government for them to receive your Permanent Resident Visa Application, and assess your documents. That amount is cancelled or deposited when you turn in your first document at the beginning of the process, asking for their assessment (IMM- 0008-SW-Application for Permanent Resident – Federal Skilled Worker Class) and it's NON REFUNDABLE. (To see how it can be paid in every country, see Chapter 6.2 - Stage 3)

The total cost of the application varies according to the number of people included in your application form.

A. PROCESSING FEES (Estudio
de la solicitud)

Number of People

Cost per People

Total

Main Applicant

1

x $550

$550

Spouse or common-law partner

 

x $550

 

Applicant’s dependent children of 22 or above

 

x $550

 

Every son or daughter below 22 years old

 

x $150

 

                                                   Total A

 

 

 

The cost of processing fees is in Canadian dollars or its equivalent in other currencies, and may vary any moment. It must be paid in the specific place set by the Canadian Embassy for your country.

 

NEVER SEND CASH WITH THE APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

2. Right of Permanent Residence - Fee

This cost just corresponds to the amount you must pay only if your application for a Permanent Resident Visa is accepted. In case you have already paid by the moment of turning in your documents for this right and you are rejected or you don’t want to accept it, the amount will be refunded.

You must pay for this money for your Visa to be issued. In this case, if the result is positive, the visa bureau will notify you when you must pay.

The cost is in connection with the right of Permanent Residence fee, as main applicant, and the ones for your wife or partner, if applicable.

B. RIGHT OF PERMANENT
RESIDENCE FEE

Number of People

Cost per Person

Cost

Principal applicant

1

x $490

$490

Spouse or common-law partner

 

x $490

 

Applicant’s dependent children

 

Not applicable

Total B

 

Total A+B

 

The cost of the Right of Permanent Residence Fee is in Canadian dollars or its equivalent in other currencies, and may vary any moment.

3.  ADDITIONAL FEES 

You must also pay for these documents, for you and your family:

·        Medical Exams.

·        Police Certificates or Crime Record.

·        English or French Examinations.

Note: If you decide to hire a certified immigration advisor to “help” you and check your documents (Consultant, Advisor, Layer) you will need pay between additional $800 and $3500.

4. FUNDS REQUIRED TO SETTLE IN CANADA

The Canadian government doesn’t provide immigrants who apply for a Permanent Resident skilled Worker /Professional Visa with financial support. You should prove at the Canadian Embassy bureau that you have the funds to travel, settle down, and get by with your family for the first 6 months, after which you are supposed to have integrated to the Canadian job market.

You should prove the Embassy that you have the funds and that it is yours. The minimal amount required depends on the number of family members in your family.

Number of Family Members

Funds Required*

1

$10,168

2

$12,659

3

$15,563

4

$18,895

5

$21,431

6

$24,170

7+

$26,910

  

* EXCEPTION: This amount is not a requirement if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer, whose factor 5 is approved. In this case you don’t need to prove that you owe those funds.

 

It is highly recommended that you are acquainted with the cost of life  in the area where you intend to settle down. It is also advisable to bring as much as money as you can to have a good stay, free of money constrains during the first months and be able to put time aside to look for a suitable job, according to your experience and education. 

 5. HOW YOU CAN PROVE YOU OWE THE FUNDS

You will have to declare the Immigration and Visa Canadian Officials that you are taking with you more than $10.000 (Canadian dollars) in cash on your arrival in Canada. Your money can be:

iCash (American or Canadian dollars)

iTitles (shares, bonds, debentures, treasury bills etc.)

iNegotiable documents (travellers’ cheques, money orders, certified checks, etc.)

Note : Not declaring the whole amount of money when it is greater than $10.000 can get you into trouble and may be imprisoned.

6. FARE TICKETS (Approx. Cost)

This list shows en estimate of the cost of a fare ticket between some Latin American and Canadian cities in regular season. (They may be more expensive in December, January, June and July).

Company Air Canada. Price in Canadian dollars.

CITY

To Toronto

To  Vancouver

México

 $ 592   (443)

799

Guatemala

$ 660 

660    (330)

Bogotá

$ 789   (529)

1137

Caracas

$ 477

660  (494)

Lima

$ 979   (734)

979

Santiago

$ 1472   (1103)

1472

Buenos Aires

$ 853   (639)

1063

San Pablo

$ 958   (718)

1116

 

 

 

Minimum cost in October 2006, only ticket to Canada (not round trip ticket). This is one of the cheaper months during the year to buy airplane tickets.

CITY

To Toronto

To  Vancouver

Beigjin

   

Bucarest

   

Beirut

   

Hong Kong

   

Manila

   

Moscu

   

Nairobi

   

New Delhi

   

Pakistan

   

Seul

   

Teheran

   

Tokio

   

Note: Just as a reference. The cost between brackets is the cost for children under 12 years old. There are some additional costs such as airport taxes and the fee for leaving the country, fuel tax, and other taxes that vary from country to country, which may suppose between a 25 and a 40% of the cost mentioned, according with the country you live in.

Check several air lines to find the best price. Try www.aircanada.com

IMPORTANT 

In many countries there are IOM bureau (International Organisation for Migration), an international organisation with the aim of assisting immigrants with their moving. If you have an immigration visa for Canada, you can resort to this organisation and they may help you to buy fare tickets with a 30-50% discount. They have agreements with some lines to benefit the families that move from a country to settle down in another. Consult www.iom.int to find a bureau in your country.

 

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