An overview of the basic costs to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program and Express Entry in 2020.
BC PNP recently increased the price of an application for the Skills Immigration stream, but it is still not the most expensive program in Canada.
It now costs CAD $1,150 to register for the Immigration Skills component of the British Columbia Nominee Program (BC PNP), an increase from the CAD $700 it previously cost. British Columbia PNP. says the increased fees will allow it to better serve the increased number of nominees for its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Currently, there are 9,500 provincial nominees from British Columbia waiting to become permanent residents.
Most skilled worker candidates who have received a provincial nomination should expect to pay an application fee of between $ 250 and $ 2,000. However, there is no application fee for PNPs operated by Alberta, Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, or the Yukon.
Candidate entrepreneurs in most provinces will generally have to pay higher fees ranging from CAD $1,000 to CAD $3,500.
Immigration is an area of shared federal-provincial jurisdiction under the Canadian Constitution. As such, both levels of government are able to implement programs to select skilled immigrants. The PNP has been in existence since 1998 to enable provinces and territories to recruit immigrants who meet the needs of their labor market.
Provincial application or processing fees are determined by each province and territory. They are in addition to the federal immigration fees that successful provincial applicants pay to apply for permanent residence.
The following table will illustrate the application fees under different Canada PNP programs in 2020:
PNP has grown considerably since the 1990s. Today, it is the second most popular pathway to permanent residence for Canadian immigrants. The most popular route is the Express Entry system.
There are pros and cons to be weighed when choosing the best immigration program depending on each individual’s circumstances. On the positive side, PNPs provide pathways to permanent residence for people who are not eligible for Express Entry, but who have characteristics that meet regional workforce needs. Applicants are eligible for Express Entry benefit from the system’s fast processing standard.
Express Entry applicants who receive a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points for their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which ensures that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. People who are part of the Express Entry pool without a provincial nomination have less certainty that they will obtain an ITA.
However, there are some drawbacks to applying for a provincial appointment. Processing times are longer, especially if applicants are not eligible for Express Entry. IRCC website cites a permanent residence processing standard of 19 months for PNP applications, compared to six months or less for PNP applicants who received an ITA through Express Entry. IRCC’s processing time is in addition to the typical one to three-month delay that a successful applicant has to wait for the province or territory to process their CPD application.
Some immigrants with a higher CRS score instead wait in the hope of obtaining an ITA directly through Express Entry. In addition to a faster processing standard, they can save money on PNP application fees, which they must pay in addition to federal government fees. With Express Entry, successful applicants pay only federal fees.
For a single person, the federal fee is CAD $1,325 to apply for permanent residence. Couples can expect to pay CAD $1,325 each plus CAD $225 per dependent child. Also, there is a biometric fee of CAD $85 for a single person or CAD $170 for a family.
At the end of the day, a candidate’s best bet is to enter the Express Entry pool. It’s free to enter the pool and it gives them a greater chance of obtaining an ITA from the federal government, or an invitation from a province or territory to obtain permanent residence through their PNP. In addition to entering the Express Entry pool, a candidate can still apply directly to a PNP to improve their chances of permanent residence.
This year, Canada aims to welcome 200,000 economic immigrants through more than 100 economic immigration streams. Approximately 90,000 people are expected to arrive under its three federal Express Entry programs and 65,000 under PNPs.