Canada is increasing its immigration processing fees from April 30, 2020

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is all set to increase its processing fees for the next two years for foreign nationals who want to become Canadian permanent residents.

The new regulations will become effective on April 30, at 9 a.m. EDT.  The PR applications received before the said time & date will be processed in line with the current fee schedule.

Increase in processing fees

Visa TypeApplicant TypeCurrent FeeFrom 30 April, 2020
A. Federal Express Entry Program
(Applicable across
Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class)
 Principal Applicant550 CAD$825 CAD$
Spouse or Common-Law partner550 CAD$825 CAD$
Dependent Child150 CAD$225 CAD$
Economic business class (self-employed, start-up visa, Quebec investor, Quebec entrepreneur, and Quebec self-employed)Principal Applicant550 CAD$825 CAD$
Spouse or Common-Law partner550 CAD$825 CAD$
Dependent Child150 CAD$225 CAD$
The Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)490 CAD$500 CAD$

This increase in processing fees will not be applicable to principal applicants and their families in the Caregivers programs. Moreover, fees for permanent resident cards, permanent resident travel documents and certification or replacement immigration documents will also remain unchanged.

IRCC said that fees for permanent residence applications are expected to increase again in 2022 in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.

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