Canada Immigration costs
Immigration to most countries are not cheap, especially for the top two countries that we have researched as potential immigration targets: Canada and New Zealand. (Why we decided on Canada is a topic for another post.)
Coming from a third world country, the hurdles for any immigration program is high, even more so when your new host country is not English. Even though Germany is a brilliant country, all documents that I needed for coming here was in English and the Consulate in Cape Town was more than happy to accept them without translations.
Canada on the other hand, needs everything in either English or French, which is understandable. The icing on the cake is when you have to get it officially translated, which here is around €50 per page, or depending on the word count.
So let’s make a calculation for our Immigration to Canada costs, this is a total for both to enter the Express Entry pool as well as the all the paperwork we needed once the ITA draw happened.
Express Entry pool:
- 2 x IELTS = €400
- ICES educational assessment = €400 (two degrees, had I known better it would have saved me €200)
- 2 x Medical assessments (which expired by the time we got the ITA), including X-rays = €400
Post ITA draw:
- 2 x German Police Clearance certificates and notarised translations = €120
- 1 x Namibian Police Clearance certificate, couier costs for fingerprints to Namibian Police = €90
- 1 x Bank letter for Proof of Funds, notarised translation = €80
- 1 x Letter of name change for my wife, notarised translation = €60
- 3 x Education transcripts for my wife, notarised translation = €150
- 2 x Medical assessments, including X-rays = €400
- 2 x Processing fees as well as PR fees = €1400
Which is the cost for a second hand car here in Munich! Plus the burden of having enough funds (€10,000) makes this an expensive enterprise!
Also not factored into the Canada Immigration costs are the flights there, shipping of our pets as well as shipping the household items we want to take along!