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Canada Express Entry Or PNP

What makes “Cents”? - Express Entry or PNP

B.C. recently raised the price to apply for the Skills Immigration stream, but still not the most expensive program in Canada.

It now costs $1,150 to apply for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Skills Immigration stream, which is up from the $700 that it cost before. B.C. says the fee increase will allow it to better serve the increased number of applicants for its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). There are 9,500 provincial nominees from B.C. waiting to become permanent residents recently.

The most skilled worker candidates who have received a provincial nomination should expect to pay an application fee between $250 and $2,000.  There is no application fee to apply for PNPs operated by Alberta, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories or the Yukon. Entrepreneur applicants in most provinces will generally have to pay higher fees ranging between $1,000 and $3,500.

Provincial application or processing fees are determined by each province and territory. Immigration is an area of shared federal-provincial jurisdiction under Canada’s Constitution. As such, both levels of government are able to operate programs to select skilled immigrants. The PNP has existed since 1998 to enable provinces and territories to recruit immigrants that meet their labour market needs. Today it is the second most popular pathway to permanent residence for Canadian immigrants. The most popular pathway is through the Express Entry system

There are some pros and cons to weigh when choosing the best immigration program to match each individual’s circumstances. On the plus side, PNPs offers pathways to permanent residence for people who are not eligible for Express Entry but who have traits that support regional labour needs. Candidates who are eligible for Express Entry benefit from the system’s fast processing standard.

However, there are some disadvantages in applying for a provincial nomination.  Processing times are longer, especially if candidates are not eligible for Express Entry. The website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) cites a permanent residence processing standard of 19 months for PNP applications compared with six months or less for PNP candidates who received an ITA through Express Entry. 

For a single person, the federal fee is $1,325 to apply for permanent residence. Couples can expect to pay $1,325 each plus $225 per dependent child. In addition, there is a biometric fee of $85 for a single person or $170 for a family. 

This year, Canada aims to welcome 200,000 economic immigrants through more than 100 economic immigration streams. About 90,000 are expected to arrive through its three federal Express Entry programs and 65,000 through PNPs. 

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