IRCC Increases the Processing Fees by Fifty Percent

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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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Al Parsai, LLM, MA, DTM, RCIC
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Adjunct Professor – Queen’s University – Faculty of Law
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting
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This article has been expertly crafted by Al Parsai, a distinguished Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) hailing from vibrant Toronto, Canada. Al's academic achievements include an esteemed role as an adjunct professor at prestigious Queen's University Law School and Ashton College, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University. A respected member of CICC and CAPIC organizations, Al's insights are further enriched by his experience as the dynamic CEO of Parsai Immigration Services. Guiding thousands of applicants from over 55 countries through the immigration process since 2011, Al's articles offer a wealth of invaluable knowledge for readers.