This is the first time after the year 2002, the Government of Canada increased the immigration processing fees, effective as of 9:00 AM EDT on April 30, 2020. To adjust to the increasing program and service delivery costs, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) made changes to most of the economic immigration programs, except for caregivers.
If you filed your application prior to this date and time, your processing fees would be the same as before however, any applications received after 9:00 AM EDT on April 30, 2020, will have to make the new payment, else the applications will be returned to the applicants as incomplete.
The fees for permanent residence have not been increased since the past 18 years, and they do not reflect the rise in inflation. Hence, the changes have been made to balance the cost of service for the newcomers in Canada and the fees paid by them, such that there is also a reasonable balance between the taxpayer and the applicants applying for the Canadian immigration process.
• Fees for principal applicants of the Economic business class (including self-employed, start-up visa, Quebec investor, Quebec entrepreneur, and Quebec self-employed) will increase from $1,050 to $1,575 (an increase of 50%).
• Fees for principal applicants of the Economic non-business class will go from $550 to $825 (an increase of 50%). Note: This increase will not apply to fees for principal applicants and their families in the Caregivers programs, which will remain unchanged.
• Fees for spouses or common-law partners of all Economic classes will go from $550 to $825 (an increase of 50%).
• Fees for dependent children of all Economic classes will go from $150 to $225 (an increase of 50%).
• The right of the permanent resident fee will increase from $490 to $500 (an increase of 2%).
In addition to this, the fees are to be adjusted automatically for inflation every 2 years by the applicable Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase, rounded to the nearest $5 for the permanent residence applications starting from 2022, which includes the economic, family and humanitarian programs.
Canada’s fees for immigration are comparatively less expensive than the other countries having similar migration systems, such as New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. So, these changes also ensure that Canada remains competitive in the process and in-line.
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