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Canada Plans to Increase Immigration Fees in 2022

By Casey April 18, 2022 (Updated April 18, 2022) 2 min. read

On April 30, Canada will raise the costs for all permanent residency applications.

Fee hikes will be implemented for the economic, permit holder, family, and humanitarian categories.

For the first time since 2002, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) raised permanent residency costs to account for inflation in 2020. At the time, the IRCC declared that costs will be increased every two years to account for inflation. All of the following amounts in the chart below are in Canadian dollars.

In addition to these application expenses, you may be required to pay a $500 right of permanent residence charge, which will increase to $515 on April 30. This can be paid at the same time as your application or when it is accepted. It is only available to those who are allowed for permanent residency and is returned if an immigration application is denied. It must, however, be paid in order for permanent residency to be activated.

ProgramApplicantsCurrent FeeNew Fee (April 30, 2022)
Right of Permanent Residence FeePrincipal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner$500$515
Federal High Skilled, Provincial Nominee Program and Quebec Skilled Workers, Atlantic Immigration Class and most Economic Pilots (Rural, Agri-Food)Principal applicant$825$850
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$825$850
Accompanying Dependent Child$225$230
Live-in Caregiver Program and Caregivers Pilots (Home Child Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot)Principal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Business (Federal and Quebec)Principal applicant$1,575$1,625
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$825$850
Accompanying dependent child$225$230
Family Reunification (Spouses, Partners and Children; Parents and Grandparents; and other relatives)Sponsorship fee$75$75
Sponsored principal applicant
Sponsored dependent child$75$75
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Protected PersonsPrincipal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Humanitarian and Compassionate / Public PolicyPrincipal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
Permit HoldersPrincipal applicant$325$335

The price for the right of permanent residency does not apply to:

Fees for permanent resident cards, permanent resident travel permits, and certification or replacement immigration paperwork will remain unchanged.

Canada supports a cost-effective approach to government program funding in which the majority of the expenses are borne by individuals who utilize the services rather than taxpayers.

These cost hikes are intended to keep Canada competitive and on par with rates levied by other immigrant-receiving nations. Fees in Canada are frequently lower than in nations with similar immigration procedures, such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Fees are scheduled to rise in the next two years in accordance with the appropriate Consumer Price Index increase, rounded to the closest to $5. The next federal fee rise is likely to be announced in 2024.

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