Visa Crunch

Canada Announces Fee Hike For Immigration Purposes From May

Starting April 30, Canada will raise the fees for all permanent residence applications.

The cost of processing a permanent residence visa varies depending on the immigration programme through which you apply. Fee hikes will be implemented for the economic, permit holder, family, and humanitarian categories. The application fee for the applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner has been raised from CAD15 to CAD515.

Permanent resident applicants must pay the Right to Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) when their applications are granted. Permanent residency is not given until the RPRF is paid in full. The following increase applies to people applying through the Federal High Skilled, Provincial Nominee Program and Quebec Skilled Workers, Atlantic Immigration Class, and most Economic Pilots.

  • Principal Applicant- CAD850
  • Accompanying spouse or common-law partner- CAD850
  • Accompanying dependent child- CAD230

The fees for permanent resident cards travel permits for permanent residents, and certification or replacement immigration documents will stay the same. Fees are scheduled to rise in the next two years in accordance with the appropriate Consumer Price Index increase, rounded to the closest to $5. The next federal fee rise is likely to be announced in 2024.

The right of permanent residence fee does not apply to:

  • the dependent children of a principal applicant or sponsor,
  • sponsorship applications for adopted children,
  • sponsorship applications for an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild, or
  • protected persons, including applicants eligible on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and convention refugees.

Canada, which intends to accept a record 432,000 new immigrants in 2022, is on track to meet this goal, having welcomed 108,000 newcomers in the first three months of the year. Nearly 100,000 Indians became permanent residents of Canada in 2021, as the country allowed a record 405,000 new immigrants. Over 210,000 permanent residents will be granted Canadian citizenship between 2021 and 2022.

These fee hikes are intended to keep Canada competitive and on par with rates levied by other immigrant-receiving countries. Fees in Canada are frequently lower than in nations with similar immigration procedures, such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Legal Disclaimer: This article is provided for information purposes only.

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