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Canada’s Processing Fees for Immigration

There are different routes to legally immigrate to Canada. In addition to filling out the application forms, some fees are required. These fees are paid to the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).

In this article, we’ll examine the different Canadian immigration programs, as well as applicable fees (in Canadian Dollars).

The different options when seeking Canadian immigration are:

  • Permanent Residence
  • Temporary Residence
  • Family Sponsorship
  • Citizenship
  • Other applications and services

1. Permanent Residence

A permanent resident is someone who can reside in Canada permanently but who is not a citizen of the country. There are different paths to gaining Canadian permanent residency. Below, we’ll discuss the different programs and the applicable fees.

Business Immigration

This program is designed for entrepreneurs and investors seeking opportunities in Canada.

The applicable fees are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $2,075
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,375
Dependent child $225

 

Economic immigration

These programs are for workers who can contribute to Canada’s economy with their skills and abilities. The programs include Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, Provincial Nominee, Agri-food pilot, and more.

Applicable fees are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,325
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,325
Dependent child $225

 

Caregiver Programs

These are three programs that open the way to permanent residency to persons who have experience working as caregivers. These programs are Live-in Caregiver Program, Home Child Care Provider, and Home Support Worker.

The applicable fees include:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Dependent child $550

 

Humanitarian and Compassionate

Known as H&C, this program opens the door to permanent residency to people who are already in Canada, and have resided in the country for a number of years but do not have legal status.

The applicable fees are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Spouse/ partner (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee) $1,050
Dependent child $150

 

Permit Holders Class

This program opens the door to permanent residency to persons who were considered inadmissible to Canada (for permanent residency) but have held Temporary Resident Permits for a number of years.

The fees that apply to the program are:

Application processing fee (plus $500 Right of Permanent Residence fee)  $825

 

Protected Person

If the IRCC or IRB (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada) decide that you are in need of protection, you can apply for permanent residency under this program.

The applicable fees are:

Application processing fee $550
Spouse/ partner $550
Dependent child $150

 

2. Temporary Residence

A Canadian temporary resident is a foreign national who is legally authorized to enter Canada for temporary purposes. There are different programs that grant persons temporary residency.

These programs and applicable fees are:

temporary residence

International Experience Canada (IEC)

These are programs that allow young people from participating countries to apply for a work permit in Canada that’ll allow them to live and work in the country temporarily.

The applicable fee is:

International Experience Canada participation fee $156

 

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

The eTA is something that visa-exempt foreign nationals are required to obtain before traveling to Canada by air.

Electronic Travel Authorization fee $7

 

Study Permits

This is issued to foreign nationals, allowing them to study at designated learning institutions in Canada. The study permit will most likely be valid for the entirety of your studies, with an additional 90 days. This is to allow you to leave the country or apply for an extension.

The applicable fees are:

Study permit per person $150
Restore your student status ($200 to restore status plus $150 for new study permit) $350

 

Temporary Resident Permits (TRP)

This is different from a Temporary Resident Visa. The TRP is issued to persons who are considered inadmissible, but whose need to enter or stay in Canada outweigh the health or safety risks to Canada.

The temporary resident permit fee per person $200

 

Work Permits

If you are to enter Canada to work, you’ll need a work permit regardless of the job.

The applicable fees for work permits are:

Work permit per person $155
Work permits per group (3 or more performing artists) $465
Open work permit (a work permit that is not job-specific) $100
Restore worker status ($200 to restore status and $155 to get new work permit) $355

 

Visitor Visa

This is an official document stuck to your passport to show that you meet the requirements to either enter Canada or transit through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination.

The applicable fees are:

Visitor visa per person $100
Visitor visa per family (5 or more people) $500
Extend your stay as a visitor (per person) $100
Restore your visitor visa $200

 

3. Family Sponsorship

You can sponsor certain relatives to Canada if you’re 18 years old and a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

The fees depend on who you are sponsoring as follows:

Spouse, Partner, or Children

The applicable fees are:

Spouse or partner – $75 sponsorship fee + $475 principal applicant processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $1,050
Dependent child (per child) $150

 

Adopted Children and Other Relatives

Applicable fees are as follows:

Relative (22 years or older) – $75 sponsorship fee + $475 principal applicant processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $1,050
Relative (under 22 years and not your dependent child) – $75 sponsorship fee + $75 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $650
Dependent, adopted child, or orphaned relative – $75 sponsorship fee + $75 processing fee (per child) $150
Spouse or partner of relative $550

 

Parents and Grandparents

The applicable fees are:

Parent or grandparent – $75 sponsorship fee + $475 principal applicant processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $1,050
Spouse or partner of your parent or grandparent – $550 processing fee + $500 right of permanent residence fee $500 $1,050
Dependent, adopted child, or orphaned relative – $75 sponsorship fee + $75 processing fee (per child) $150
Dependent child of your parent or grandparent $150

 

4. Citizenship

Gaining Canadian citizenship is becoming a Canadian, and this is the ultimate step of your Canadian immigration.

For this final step, fees that apply include:

citizenship

Citizen application fees

Adults (18 and over) – $530 processing fee + $100 right of citizenship fee  $630
Stateless adult born to Canadian parent $100
Mino $100

 

Other citizenship fees and services

Citizenship certificate $75
Search for record of citizenship $75
Resume citizenship (under 18) $100
Resume citizenship (18 and over) $530
Renounce citizenship $100

 

5. Other Applications and Services

In pursuant of your Canadian immigration dream through any of the above-mentioned pathways, there would be other fees. These include:

Biometrics

Biometric fees follow virtually every Canada immigration application. The fee is to cover the cost of taking and processing your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph).

The biometric fee is:

Per person $85
Per family (2 or more people) $170
Per group (3 or more performing artists) $255

 

Verify Status or Replace an Immigration Document

You can verify your immigration or citizenship status at any time. If you lose an immigration document (like a temporary resident document), you can also get a replacement.

The fee for either of these services $30

 

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