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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Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting
Author – 88 Tips on Immigration to Canada


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Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches immigration courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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