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Canada Immigration Fees

Canada Immigration Fees Set to Increase for Permanent Residence Applications

In a recent announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), it has been revealed that fees for various permanent residence applications in Canada will undergo an increase effective April 30. This decision comes as part of IRCC’s ongoing efforts to adjust fees to account for inflation, to ensure Canada remains competitive and aligned with fee structures of other immigrant-receiving nations.

Since 2020, IRCC has periodically revised immigration fees, with adjustments typically occurring every two years. However, the upcoming increase slated for April 2024 marks a more substantial rise compared to previous adjustments. While the fee hike in April 2022 saw a modest 2% increment, the impending rise is anticipated to range between 12-13%, signifying a notable escalation in costs.

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The new fee structure, devised by IRCC, reflects the government’s commitment to a cost-effective approach to financing government programs. Under this framework, applicants bear the responsibility of covering the majority of costs associated with the services they receive, aligning with Ottawa’s fiscal objectives.

Outlined below are the revised fees for various immigration programs, encompassing economic, family, humanitarian, and permit holder categories:

ProgramApplicantsCurrent fees (April 2022-March 2024)New fees (April 2024-March 2026)
Right of Permanent Residence FeePrincipal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner$515$575
Federal Skilled Workers, Provincial Nominee ProgramPrincipal applicant$850$950
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$850$950
Accompanying dependent child$230$260
Live-in Caregiver Program and Caregivers PilotPrincipal applicant$570$635
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$570$635
Accompanying dependent child$155$175
Business (federal and Quebec)Principal applicant$1,625$1,810
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$850$950
Accompanying dependent child$230$260
Family reunification (spouses, partners and children; parents and grandparents; and other relatives)Sponsorship fee$75$85
Sponsored principal applicant$490$545
Sponsored child (principal applicant under 22 years old and not a spouse/partner)$75$85
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$570$635
Accompanying dependent child$155$175
Protected personsPrincipal applicant$570$635
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$570$635
Accompanying dependent child$155$175
Humanitarian and compassionate consideration/Public policyPrincipal applicant$570$635
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$570$635
Accompanying dependent child$155$175
Permit holdersPrincipal applicant$335$375

Applicants need to note that the fee increases are commensurate with the cumulative percentage rise in the Consumer Price Index for Canada over the past two years, rounded to the nearest five dollars. These adjustments aim to sustain the efficiency and sustainability of Canada’s immigration system while ensuring continued access to vital services for prospective immigrants.

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