Settlement Funds Increased For Canada Express Entry Immigration

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The amount of settlement funds required for Canada Express Entry immigration has been increased.

Candidates must prove they have the required funds in order to qualify for permanent residence programs.

The amounts are used for some Express Entry-linked programs, plus many other programs, including the Start-Up Visa.

Although Express Entry manages three immigration programs, only skilled workers under the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs must show they have enough money to settle in Canada.

Applicants under FSW and FST that are currently working in Canada AND have a valid job offer do not have to show proof of funds.

Applicants under the Canadian Experience Class do not need to show proof of funds.

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How Much Settlement Funds Are Required?

The amount required depends on the size of the applicant’s family. This includes the applicant, the spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), and any dependent children.

A spouse or dependent children are counted in the family size whether they are accompanying the applicant to Canada or not. They are also counted even if they are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The authorities revise these amounts each year.

Number of Family Members Funds Required
1 $13,757
2 $17,127
3 $21,055
4 $25,564
5 $28,994
6 $32,700
7 $36,407
Each additional family member $3,706

What Type Of Proof Is Accepted?

Funds must be readily available for the applicant. Thus, the equity of fixed assets is not acceptable.

Funds must be available throughout the application, from submission to visa issuance.

Applicants need to note that they would not be able to borrow this money from another individual.

The funds must be under the main applicant’s name, or in a joint account with a spouse/common-law partner, if applicable.

However, proof of funds in the name of the accompanying spouse/common-law partner cannot be used unless the main applicant proves they have access to the money.

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How Much Money Should Applicants Bring When They Come To Canada?

Applicants need to research the costs of living in the place where they plan to settle in Canada and make sure to bring as much money as they can to make it easier for them to find a home.

Applicants would need to declare if they are bringing more than $10,000 into the country, in accordance with the Canadian customs regulations.

Typically, the authorities permit applicants to bring funds in the form of:

  • Cash
  • Documents that highlight property or capital payable to the applicant such as:
    • Stocks
    • Bonds
    • Debentures or,
    • Treasury bills OR,
  • Documents that guarantee payment of a specific amount of money, which is payable to the applicant, such as:
    • Bankers’ drafts
    • Cheques
    • Travellers’ cheques or,
    • Money orders
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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.