Canada set to Increase Immigration Processing Charges by April 30, 2020

The Canadian immigration division is increasing processing charges by the end of the month for overseas nationals who want to turn into permanent residents.

The charges that overseas nationals pay cover operational, processing and service delivery costs associated with all permanent residence immigration programs.

The brand new regulations come into effect on April 30, at 9 a.m. EDT. Completed applications obtained earlier than this time shall be processed in accordance with the present price schedule.

Applications obtained on or after that point that does not include the right charges shall be returned to the applicant as incomplete.

Permanent resident processing charges for economic class candidates are generally being increased by 50% as follows:

  • Principal candidates of the Economic business class (self-employed, start-up visa, Quebec investor, Quebec entrepreneur, and Quebec self-employed) will increase from $1,050 to $1,575;
  • Principal candidates within the economic non-business class will go up from $550 to $825. This increase is not going to apply to principal candidates and their households within the Caregivers programs, which will remain unchanged;
  • Charges for spouses or common-law companions of all economic classes will go up from $550 to $825;
  • Charges for dependent kids of all economic classes will go up from $150 to $225;
  • The right of permanent resident charge will increase from $490 to $500, which is an increase of 2%.

Charges are expected to increase in two years based mostly on the applicable Consumer Price Index increase rounded to the closest $5. New charge amounts shall be launched in 2022.

Charges for permanent resident cards, permanent resident travel documents and certification or alternative immigration paperwork won’t increase.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) say that permanent residence charges haven’t elevated since 2002. Charges for permanent residence applications will change once more in 2022 in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.



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