IRCC Increases the Processing Fees by Fifty Percent
The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will increase the processing fees for specific immigration applications by 50% on April 30, 2020, at 9:00 am Eastern Time. Here is a brief list of those changes:
- The principal applicant of federal business economic streams, including the Federal Self-employed and Start-up visa options from $1,050 to $1,575 (Canadian funds)
- The principal applicant of Quebec business immigration streams (the federal portion of the application), including the Investor, the Entrepreneur and the Self-employed options from $1,050 to $1,575 (Canadian funds)
- The principal applicant of regular federal economic streams, such as the Express Entry options from $550 to $825 (Canadian funds). They have excluded Caregivers pilot programs from this increase.
- The spouse or the common-law partner of those applicants from $550 to $825 (Canadian funds)
- The dependent children of those applicants from $150 to $225 each (Canadian funds)
They will also increase the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF), also known as the landing fee from $490 to $500 (a 2% increase).
The government will increase these fees every two years from now, according to the average biannual inflation rate in Canada.
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