Permanent Residence Application Fees Increased

This is the first time in the past 18 years that permanent residence fee will be experiencing increment. From April 30th 2020, applicants to most economic permanent residence immigration programs will be feeling the impact of this change except caregivers. The Government of Canada will continue to support cost-effective approach to financing its programs. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) deemed this decision pertinent as this will help manage the increasing program and service delivery cost.



Permanent resident processing fees for Economic class applicants increase as follows:

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.


3. Fees for spouses or common-law partners of all Economic classes will go from $550 to $825 (an increase of 50%).


4. Fees for dependent children of all Economic classes will go from $150 to $225 (an increase of 50%).


5. The right of permanent resident fee will increase from $490 to $500 (an increase of 2%).


What does this fee look like for a Typical Express Entry Candidate

Application fees - $825

Right of Permanent Residence fees - $500

Biometrics fees - $85

Total - $1,410


Source: IRCC


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