Canada Immigration fees for most types of applcations

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B (Canada)

Canadian Government charges processing fees for most types of immigration applications. All Canada Immigration Application guides contain information on fees, but sometimes it is difficult to hover over guide to guide to know the exact cost of immigrating to Canada. In an effort to increase efficiency of our clients, we are providing here a consolidated fee list for most applications under one roof and under one article.

These fees are approximate fees and are current to the date of this article. Government can change the fee at any time without notice. We will make efforts to update this article from time to time, but clients are advised to rely on current information available in the individual government application guides and use this article only as a decision making tool. Subject-wise fee schedule follows hereunder:

  • Applications for Permanent Residence
  • Visitor visas, Work & Study permits
  • Citizenship
  • Miscellaneous services

Permanent resident applications

Skilled Workers

Principal Applicant: $550

Spouse of Principal applicant: $550

Dependent child: $150

Right of Permanent residence fee per person: $490

(Children less than 22 years of age are exempted from Right of Permanent          residence fee)

Spouse/Partner in Canada Class Sponsorship application (per application): $75

  • Principal applicant: $475

A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is  less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner: $550

An unmarried dependent child of the principal applicant, less than 22 years of age: $150

Humanitarian and Compassionate Requests

A foreign national, who is inadmissible, may submit a request for consideration on humanitarian and compassionate grounds or public policy considerations. This must accompany an application for permanent residence.

  • Principal applicant: $550

A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner: $550

An unmarried dependent child of the principal applicant, less than 22 years of age: $150

Minister’s Permit Class: $325

The Minister may grant permanent resident status to an inadmissible foreign national based on humanitarian and compassionate or public policy reasons.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee: $490

  • Principal applicants and their spouses or common-law partners coming with them to Canada must pay this fee. Applicants must pay this fee before CIC issues the permanent resident visa or before the applicant becomes a permanent resident in Canada.
  • Exception: Dependent children, orphaned relatives (brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild) and refugees are exempted from the right of Permanent Residence

Business class

Principal Applicant: $1050

Spouse/common-law partner: $550

Dependent Child over 22 year old: $550

Dependent child less than 22: $150

Right of permanent residence fee per person except children less than 22 year old: $490

Visitor visas

Multiple entry per person: $100

Single entry per person: $100

Whole family: $500

Transit Visa (less than 48 hours): Free

Extension of stay in Canada as a visitor/temporary resident: $100

Work Permits: $155

Work permit –Fee for group of three or more performing artists and their staff: $465

Study Permits: $150

Temporary Resident Permit: $200

Restoration of Temporary Resident Status: $200

Citizenship applications

Right of Citizenship: $100

Adult Grant of Citizenship (Adoption): $300

Adult Grant of Citizenship: $300

Adult Grant of Citizenship for Stateless Persons Born to a Canadian Parent (Subsection 5(5)) – Right of Citizenship: $100

Minor Grant of Citizenship (Adoption): $100

Minor Grant of Citizenship: $100

Minor Grant of Citizenship for Stateless Persons Born to a Canadian Parent (Subsection 5(5)): $0.00

Retention of Citizenship: $100

Adult Resumption of Citizenship: $300

Minor Resumption of Citizenship: $100

Renunciation of Citizenship: $100

Renunciation of Citizenship (for certain persons who acquired citizenship on April 17, 2009) (R7.1): $0.00

Citizenship Status Documents, Proof of Citizenship: $75

Search for Record of Citizenship: $75

Miscellaneous Services

PR cards

Permanent Resident Cards: $50

Permanent residents outside Canada who do not have a Permanent Resident Card or an Immigration Record of Landing are eligible to apply for a travel document to arrive in Canada.

  • Renewal or replacement of lost, damaged or stolen card: $50
  • Verification of status or replacement of an immigration document: $30
  • Application for a travel document: $50

Criminal rehabilitation applications

Application processing fee, if inadmissible on the grounds of criminality: $200

Application processing fee, if inadmissible on the grounds of serious criminality: $200+$800

Biometric Identification fee (if required)   

Individual       $85

Family             $170

Group              $255

Authorization to return to Canada: $400

Repayment of removal expenses:

To the U.S.A. and St. Pierre and Miquelon: $750

To any other country: $1,500