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Canadian Immigration Processing Fees

Each and every Canadian immigration pathway have processing fees set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This is regardless of your nationality, country of origin or the type of visa you’re applying for.

When it comes to the permanent resident fees, the costs will vary depending on the program as well as the number of family members moving to Canada with the main applicant. All fees are paid only once your application for the visa has been approved.

Below are the Canadian immigration processing fees.

Permanent Residence Fees

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Business Immigration Processing Fees

These fees apply to:

  • Quebec business immigration;
  • Self-employed people;
  • Start-up Visa.
Business Immigration Fees
Fees CAN
Main applicant processing fee ($1575) + permanent residence fee ($500) $2,075
Spouse processing fee ($825) + permanent residence fee ($500) $1,575
To add a dependent child $225 per child

Caregiver

These fees apply to:

  • Live-in Caregiver Program;
  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot (without the work permit fee);
  • Home Support Worker Pilot (without the work permit fee).
Caregiver Fees
Fees CAN
Main applicant processing fee ($550) + permanent residence fee ($500) $1,050
Spouse processing fee ($550) + permanent residence fee ($500) $1,050
To add a dependent child $150 per child

Economic Immigration

This includes Express Entry. The following fees apply to:

  • Agri-food Pilot;
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot;
  • Canadian Experience Class;
  • Federal Skilled Workers;
  • Federal Skilled Trades;
  • Provincial Nominee Program;
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; and
  • Quebec-selected Skilled Workers.
Economic Immigration Fees
Fees CAN
Main applicant processing fee ($825) + permanent residence fee ($500) $1,325
Spouse processing fee ($825) + permanent residence fee ($500) $1,325
To add a dependent child $225 per child

Humanitarian and Compassionate

These fees below apply to the:

  • Health-care worker permanent residence pathway;
  • Pathway to permanent residence – In-Canada families of Canadian victims of recent air disasters;
  • Temporary public policy for Hong Kong residents;
  • Temporary public policy for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA); and
  • Temporary resident to permanent resident pathway (TR to PR pathway).
Economic Immigration Fees
Fees CAN
Main applicant processing fee ($550) + permanent residence fee ($500) $1,050
Spouse processing fee ($550) + permanent residence fee ($500) $1,050
To add a dependent child $150 per child
Permanent Resident Fees
Fees CAN
Permanent resident card $50
Permanent resident travel document $50
Permit Holders Class processing fee ($325) + permanent residence fee ($500) $825

FAQ 1: How do I pay my application fees?

Each payment option will depend on two things, they are:

  • Where are you are paying from; and
  • What you are paying for.

To be sure you can check via the government website.

FAQ 2: Will I get a refund if my application gets returned?

Yes, you will be able to get a refund if your application is returned. Your application will be returned if:

  • It was incomplete;
  • It was received before the program re-opened;
  • The program was full; and
  • Refunds can take up to eight weeks to complete. If you’ve been waiting longer, submit a refund request.

It’s good to note that your biometrics fee is not refundable.

FAQ 3: What is the Right of Permanent Residence Fee?

The Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) is paid by permanent resident applicants when their applications are approved. Permanent residence status is not granted until the RPRF is paid. RPRF applies to all permanent residence applicants except:

  1. Dependent children of a principal applicant or sponsor, a child to be adopted, or an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild; and
  2. Protected Persons, including Convention refugees.

The RPRF can be paid at the same time as your application fees to help reduce delays during processing. If you don’t pay the RPRF upfront, we will contact you with instructions on how to pay. If you paid the RPRF upfront and your application is not approved, it will be refunded.

FAQ 4: How long is the immigration process?

Once all the required documents, forms and applications have been submitted, it usually takes up to 18 months for the completion of the process, and in some cases more. Please note that the processing time is estimated and can change without notice, under the discretion of the Canadian government.

There are programs that are exempt from the above such as the Express Entry which has a much faster processing time of 6 months.

FAQ 5: What can permanent residents do?

If you are a permanent resident, you may:

  • Have access to the social benefits for example healthcare;
  • Have access to work, live or study anywhere in Canada;
  • Have access to the protection offered by Canadian law;
  • Have access to the protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and
  • Have access to apply for Canadian citizenship

With the knowledge of the Canadian immigration processing fees, the next thing to do is click the link below and see if you’re eligible to move to Canada!

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