Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Refunds For Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Earlier this year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada was overwhelmed with a significant backlog of Federal Skilled Worker Applications and decided to get rid of this backlog by essentially deleting those that had been filed before 2008. These Foreign Worker Applications were taking years to process.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada also mentioned at the time that they would be refunding the application fees to these applicants, which was also in the federal budget.

Now, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that they will be proceeding with these refunds for the over 100,000 applicants and their spouses and dependants where applicable.

Are You Eligible for a Refund for the Federal Skilled Worker Program Application Cancellations?

If you think you may be eligible, you are asked to submit the Return of Processing Fee, Right of Permanent Residence Fee or Right of Landing Fee Form (IMM 5741).

Even if you are not sure, you should still fill out the above form and if you are eligible you will be sent your new form.

Confirming Your Federal Skilled Worker Application or Your Refund

Please keep in mind that if your application was denied before June 29, 2012 your fee will not be refunded, and you are not allowed to ask that your original fee be put towards a new application.

Do you need help with your application form? Was your Federal Skilled Worker Application cancelled, and you want to consider other ways of becoming a permanent resident in Canada? Book an Online Consultation today and VisaPlace can help you!


About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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