IRCC announced an increase in permanent residence fees

By Scarlett Wilson [Published 07 Apr, 2022 | 05:07 AM] 832
IRCC announced an increase in permanent residence fees

IRCC recently announced that the fee for all permanent residence applications would be increased w.e.f. 30th April 2022. These changes will include the applications under economic immigration and family and humanitarian classes. It will also include permit holders in Canada.

In 2020, IRCC increased fees for permanent residence applications to account for inflation which was the first time since 2002. At that time, IRCC made it clear that the fee for these permanent residence applications would be increased every two years just to compensate or adjust for inflation.

The Government of Canada supports a cost-effective strategy to fund government programs in which most of the expenses are borne by individuals who receive and benefit directly from the services.

Here are the differences between the current and new Canada permanent residence fees:

ProgramApplicantsCurrent Fee (in CAD)New Fee (in CAD)
April 30, 2022
Right of Permanent Residence FeePrincipal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner$500$515
Federal High Skilled, Provincial Nominee Program and Quebec Skilled Workers, Atlantic Immigration Class and most Economic Pilots (Rural, Agri-Food)Principal applicant$825$850
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$825$850
Accompanying dependent child$225$230
Live-in Caregiver Program and Caregivers Pilots (Home Child Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot)Principal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Business (Federal and Quebec)Principal applicant$1,575$1,625
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$825$850
Accompanying dependent child$225$230
Family Reunification (Spouses, Partners and Children; Parents and Grandparents; and other relatives)Sponsorship fee$75$75
Sponsored principal applicant$475$490
Sponsored dependent child$75$75
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Protected PersonsPrincipal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Humanitarian and Compassionate / Public PolicyPrincipal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Permit HoldersPrincipal applicant$325$335

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In addition to these application expenses, you may be required to pay a $500 right of permanent residency charge. It can be paid simultaneously at the time of your application or when it is accepted. It is only available to those who are allowed for permanent residency and is returned if an immigration application is denied. It must, however, be paid in to keep your permanent residence status activated.

The right to permanent residence fee does not apply to a principal applicant's or sponsor's dependent children, sponsorship applications for adopted children, sponsorship applications for an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew, or grandchild, or protected persons, including humanitarian and compassionate applicants and convention refugees.

Fees for permanent resident cards, permanent resident travel permits, and certification or replacement immigration paperwork will remain unchanged.

Canada supports a cost-effective approach to government program funding in which the majority of the expenses are borne by individuals who utilize the services rather than taxpayers.

These cost hikes are intended to keep Canada competitive and on par with rates levied by other immigrant-receiving nations. 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.

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 subsequent federal fee rise is likely to be announced in 2024.

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