Permanent Residence Visa : Benefits & Cost Break Up

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There's many a benefit of the Canadian PR Visa, let's take a closer look :

Canada is a growing economy with a lot of exposure for skilled workers and international students to excel personally and professionally. This is why a lot of people are taking opportunities to immigrate permanently to Canada on a Visa called Permanent Resident Visa. The much desired status of Canada Permanent Resident comes with a bundle of perks! After gaining the PR status, you can liberally enjoy these rights and benefits in the country:

  • Right to be a legal civilian of the country

  • Right to gain education/ study anywhere in the country

  • Right to gain employment/work anywhere in the country

  • Right to leave and re-enter to the country

  • Right to have access to health facilities & schemes available to general public

  • Right to apply for Citizenship after spending 3 consecutive years in the country

  • Right to move to Mexico under NAFTA agreement

  • Right to sponsor your relatives & friends in the country (Manitoba)


Other than these basic rights, following is a list of all the many reasons why you should seriously consider moving permanently to Canada. Here they are:

  • Well- Developed Economy:

  • Canada is the second largest country with a dedicated workforce in every sector. Its 10 huge provinces are pacing fast for development. For instance, the province of Nova Scotia is highly popular for its ever-growing service sector. Likewise, the province of British Columbia has its leg concrete at manufacturing sector. IT is one major forte of Canada and therefore a large number of IT professionals immigrate to the country. It is clean that moving to Canada will definitely give you a pull over your career ladder.

  • Free Healthcare Services:

  • Unlike United States, Canada offers free healthcare facilities to its Citizens and Permanent Residents. It is one of the major contributions by the government of Canada. On your PR visa, you will get to enjoy the world class health facilities free of cost! Not only you but your family members can avail this benefit too. Moreover, Canada’s health sector is said to be the most advanced and developed one. Even now through state-of-the-art research, the health sector is getting better day by day.

  • Free Education:

  • All Educational services are free in Canada up to 12th In other countries like India, education costs a fortune. People here are always struggling to get their children to best institutes/ schools, etc. no matter how costly that would be. But this is not the case in Canada. The world class education/ schooling of Canada is a penny-less affair. There are many well-known institutes in Canada that offers best education around the world. Thus Canada is a place to settle permanently with your family.

  • Large number of Indian Immigrants:

  • Canada is the favourite destination among Indians to settle permanently. A large number of Indians are living in Canada which makes this place a home-like nest. You will get to meet and see a lot of Indians in Winnipeg city (Manitoba) and in the Capital city of Ontario. Huge population is also residing in provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Not only Indians but immigrants from rest of the world come and make Canada their home. This is because of the excellent infrastructure, public-friendly government policies and freebies in terms of health and education (the two primary factors of individual development).

  • Free allowances for children born in Canada:

  • The Government of Canada has a provision in terms of monthly allowance (of CAN$ 800 per month) for all those children born in Canada. Legal Parents of such a child need to be permanent residents of the country. Thus not only you, but your future child(ren) will also be benefitted from your big step of moving to Canada.


Thus, a Permanent Resident Visa gives you a legal entitlement to be a resident of the country and reap numerous benefits the government of Canada is offering. A Permanent Resident Visa is the first step towards gaining Citizenship of the country. A Citizen enjoys many other benefits in addition to the above mentioned ones. For example, Right to Vote and participate in government making decision.

Here's a quick look at the approx. costs involved in the entire process. Do keep in mind that factors like Passport costs and flight tickets will be variable basis a bunch of factors.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) : about 12,000 to 14,000 INR

  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is an attestation of your educational qualifications. Before getting started with your Canada PR process, it is vital to get your ECA done. The purpose of getting your education assessed is to know whether or not your qualifications are at par with that of Canadian standards. Therefore, all those applicants who have attained their education from outside of Canada are required to first get their ECA report. There are different bodies from where you can get your educational credentials assessed, depending on your field of study. However, one major body which assesses you education is Canada’s World Education Services. The cost for your Educational Credential Assessment Report is Canadian $ 200.

IELTS test fee: 13,000 to 14,000 INR

  • IELTS stands for International English Language Testing Standards. It is an English proficiency test which a candidate needs to appear for in order to prove his/her ability to speak, write, listen and read in Canada’s native language English. A standard fee of INR 12,000 is charged for a single attempt of IELTS examination (known as Registration fee). The exam consist of 4 modules namely Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. To get through the test, make sure you get IELTS exam assistance kit from Talent Connected Worldwide. Our professionally designed study material is in accordance with the latest course outline.


Permanent Residence fee (called PR fee or RPRF)- Primary Applicant: CAN $550 Secondary Applicant: CAN $550 & Child Applicant: CAN $150

  • Permanent Resident Fee is the fee you pay to Government of Canada as basic payment for visa application processing. You can pay this before or upon arrival in the country. After you comply with this fee, CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) grants you the right to be a Permanent Resident of Canada and therefore, this fee is also called Right to Permanent Resident Fee (RPRF). The primary applicant needs to pay Canadian $550. If he/she is accompanying anyone as a secondary applicant, then an extra fee of $500 is to be paid. Similarly, if any child is accompanying you, an extra fee amounting to Canadian $150 per child is to be paid. This Canada Visa Fees India is mandatory to be paid and is non-refundable in case your visa application is rejected.

Travelling Ticket

The airfare of travelling to Canada from India per person is 750 CAD onwards. This cost is variable with the size of family/ number of members accompanying you & the type of class that you may be choosing to travel (economy class will always be more cost effective than business class / 1st class)


Medical fee: 5000 – 9000 INR

To be fully eligible for a Canada visa from India, an applicant mandatorily need to undergo a medical examination. This examination is necessary as the government has to be certain that the population of Canada is in utmost safety from any communicable virus that the immigrant may be bringing in. Therefore, a person has to be healthy and must not be carrying any communicable disease such as Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, etc. A series of medical tests costs you around 5000-9000 INR.


Passport Cost

Your Indian Passport is very important to land on Canadian soil. Canadian authorities first validate your identity through your passport for which a nominal charge of Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000 is charged (around CAN $20). This Canada Visa fees is per person cost and naturally goes up with number of members accompanying you.


Miscellaneous expenditure:

Apart from the above mentioned Canada PR process fee from India, there are certain payments that are situational and you may need to incur them. For instance, State nomination fee. Other charges include Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) cost. PCC is to be obtained so that you can claim a clean legal history on your name. Any person with any ongoing charges/ court case is prohibited to leave the country. Other cost includes Spouse’s IELTS (if he/she is willing to give IELTS exam), Spouse Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), etc.


Fund Management for ‘Proof of Fund’:

  • This is not a physical cost to be paid as fee. Fund management is maintenance of fund to be showcased by the applicant (as Proof of Fund) to Canadian government. The funds are necessary to showcase to the immigration authorities as the government needs to be assured that you can sustain yourself and accompanying family members after immigrating to the country. Showcasing Proof of Fund is mandatory under Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Trade Worker Program (FSTP). For Canadian Experience Class, it is not mandatory to showcase funds. Under Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) it may or may not require by the province to show funds.

  • Note that the borrowed amount of money cannot be considered as Fund. Moreover, these assets count as Proof of Fund:

    • Cash

    • Savings account Balance

    • Bonds, shares, debentures, etc.

    • Other Financial assets

  • The Canada PR Cost from India of money required for your immigration will depend on the size of the family / number of members migrating with you. Below is the list of minimum funds required – Number of Family MembersFunds Required (in Canadian dollars)

    • 1 PAX - $12,475

    • 2 PAX - $15,531

    • 3 PAX - $19,093

    • 4PAX - $23,181

    • 5 PAX - $26,292

    • 6 PAX - $29,652

    • 7PAX - $33,014

    • For each additional family member : $3,361


Note that the above mentioned costs are in accordance with the current cost chart given by Canadian immigration authorities. Any change anytime by the Canada Immigration department as per the policies and regulations by the government can come in existence.