Express Entry Fees for Canadian Permanent Residence (PR)

Express Entry fees for Canadian permanent residence include several components. First, you must complete the online form and upload all required documents. Once you are done uploading, the system will show you a list of fees you must pay. Here is a detailed guide you must follow to understand the Express Entry fee structure for Canadian PR.

Canada PR Fees Express Entry

Application Processing Fee for Applicants and Family Members

This fee is mandatory when an applicant submits the Express Entry profile. As per the latest update, the application processing fee for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class is CAD $850 for the primary applicant and CAD $230 per dependent child.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)

Once the application is approved, the applicant must pay the Right of Permanent Residence Fee, which is CAD $515. To avoid delay, the RPRF can be paid at the same time as the application fees. In case of refusal or withdrawal of an application, IRCC will refund the fees.

The RPRF does not apply to:

  • The dependent children
  • Sponsorship applications for adopted children
  • Sponsorship application for an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild
  • Applicants who want to immigrate on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and refugees.

Biometric Fee

  • Biometrics per person CAD $85
  • Biometrics Family (two people) – CAD $170

Express Entry Fees for Canadian PR (Economic Immigration)

The fees apply to the following programs:

  • Agri-Food Pilot Program
  • Atlantic Immigration Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Worker
  • Federal skilled trades
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • Quebec-Selected Skilled Worker
Fee TypeAmount (CAD)
Application Processing Fee and Right of Permanent Residence Fee$1,365.00
Application with Right of Permanent Residence Fee$850.00
Spouse or Common-Law Partner Fee (including Right of Permanent Residence Fee)$1,365.00
Include a Dependent Child$230.00
Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)$200.00
ECA with Couple with no or 1 Child$600.00
Language Test (individual)$300.00
Language Test (couples and couples with 1 child)$600.00

How to Pay Express Entry Fees for Canada PR

Fill out the online form: Complete all sections of the online application form.

Scan and upload the documents: Gather the necessary documents (such as identification, education credentials, etc.) and upload them to your application.

Pay your fees: To pay the fees, follow these instructions:

  • Log in to your online account.
  • Use a debit or credit card for payment.
  • At a minimum, pay your processing fees when you submit your application.
  • To avoid delays, consider paying all fees upfront, including the right of permanent residence fee.
  • The fees you’ll encounter include:
    • Processing fee (for you and your family members).
    • Right of permanent residence fee.
    • Biometrics fee (if applicable).
  • If your application isn’t complete, you can request a refund, but once processing begins, the processing fee will not be refunded.
  • Biometrics fees are generally non-refundable.

Submit your complete application: After paying the fees, submit your application online.

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Miscellaneous Expenses

Some other fees need to be considered, such as language tests, certificates, notaries, police clearing, translations, courier deliveries, and affidavits.

Requesting a Refund for Express Entry Program Fees

Processing Fee Paid Within the Online Application:

  • If you’re eligible, we’ll automatically refund you if:
    • You withdraw your application.
    • We refuse your application.
  • The amount refunded depends on the type of fee and the status of your application.
  • If you withdraw before we start processing your application, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • Some fees are refundable even after processing begins or if your application is refused.
  • Eligible refunds may take 2 to 8 weeks to appear in your account.
  • If it’s been longer than 8 weeks and you haven’t been automatically refunded, you can request a refund using your receipt number:
    • Retrieve your receipt number from the email we sent you when you applied.
    • If you don’t have the email, find your receipt number by signing in to the account you used for the application and checking your submission confirmation under messages.
    • Create a new account (not the same one used for the application) and log in to access the portal.
    • Enter your receipt number in the search box under “My receipts” and select “Request a refund.”

Online Payment:

  • Similar to the above process, if you’re eligible, we’ll automatically refund you if:
    • You withdraw your application.
    • We refuse your application.
  • The refund amount depends on the fee type and application status.
  • Full refunds are possible if you withdraw before processing begins.
  • Some fees are refundable even after processing starts.

FAQs: Express Entry Fees

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Express Entry Fees.

Are there any additional fees besides the application fee, RPRF and biometrics?

Yes, there are miscellaneous fees you need to pay for a police clearance certificate ($100/country), medical examination fee ($450 adult/$250 child), Government fees ($1,325 for adult, $225 for child), Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) ($200), Language test ($300 for single applicant) and other costs like notaries, translation (if applicable), courier deliveries, affidavits etc.

Do the fees vary for different programs in the Express Entry System?

The application and RPRF fees are generally the same across the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Are Express Entry fees refundable if the application is rejected?

In most cases, application fees cannot be refunded. However, IRCC will refund the following fees if the application is withdrawn or refused:

  • The right of permanent residence fee (RPRF)
  • The right of citizenship fee
  • The open work permit fee (for Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt workers only)
  • The employer compliance fee (refunded to the employer), and
  • International Experience Canada (IEC) fees

Where can I find the most up-to-date fee information for Express Entry?

You can find the latest fee information on the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or consult with a licensed immigration consultant for guidance.

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