At the time of completion and submission of the application, the applicant will be prompted to provide the fees for processing, permanent resident fee, and a biometrics fee. This can be paid using a credit or debit card. If the application is not complete, all fees, except the processing fee, will be refunded to the payment method. These fees are required for all individuals on the application.
Biometric fees are used to cover the cost of creating a permanent resident card. This includes fingerprints and digital photos, and this process can be completed after you receive a letter of confirmation. The process of fingerprinting and photographing can be done at a specified Service Canada location. These locations are both in Canada as well as in other countries.
All information about your application, including the status, is available through your online account. This can also include requests for additional documentation or to schedule an interview, so it is important to respond to any messages. The final decision on your application will be provided through your account.
The next steps in the process will be provided with the acceptance notification. It is critical to complete all steps within the timelines provided. Most applications are processed for Express Entry within six months of the completed application being received.