IRCC Raises Cost to Apply for Canada Permanent Residence

IRCC Raises Cost to Apply for Canada Permanent Residence

Manmeet Kaur Manmeet Kaur
[Published 04 Apr, 2024 | 04:10 PM]
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On March 30, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an increase in the Canada PR fees starting from 9:00:00 AM Eastern Time on April 30, 2024. 

The department said that this increase in Canada’s permanent residence fees has been done according to Canada’s Immigrant and Refugee Protection (IRPR), calculated “in accordance with the cumulative percentage increase to the Consumer Price Index for Canada, published by Statistics Canada.”

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Canada’s New Permanent Residence Fees

Program
Applicants
Current Fees (April 2022 – March 2024)
New Fees (April 2024 – March 2026)
Right of Permanent Residence Fee
Principal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner
$515
$575
Federal Skilled Workers, Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec Skilled Workers, Atlantic Immigration Class and most economic pilots (Rural, Agri-Food) Principal applicant $850 $950 
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $850 $950
Accompanying dependent child $230 $260
Live-in Caregiver Program and caregivers pilots (Home Child Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot) Principal applicant $570 $635
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $570 $635
Accompanying dependent child $155 $175
Business (federal and Quebec) Principal applicant $1,625 $1,810
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $850 $950
Accompanying dependent child $230 $260
Family reunification (spouses, partners and children; parents and grandparents; and other relatives) Sponsorship fee $75 $85
Sponsored principal applicant $490 $545
Sponsored child (principal applicant under 22 years old and not a spouse/partner) $75 $85
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner
$570
$635
Accompanying dependent child $155 $175
Protected persons Principal applicant $570 $635
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $570 $635
Accompanying dependent child $155 $175
Humanitarian and compassionate consideration / Public policy Principal applicant $570 $635
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner $570 $635
Accompanying dependent child $155 $175
Permit holders
Principal applicant
$335
$375

NOTE: IRCC updates the Canada PR fees every two years. So, if you apply for Canada PR from India on or after April 30, 2024, pay the above-listed fees.

Applicants Exempt from paying the Right of Permanent Residence (RPR) fee

Along with dependent children and protected persons, the following applicants are exempt from paying the RPR fee:

  • Sponsored child - of a principal applicant under the family reunification class - under the age of 22 years without a spouse or common-law partner.
  • Principal applicants under the humanitarian and compassionate consideration and public policy classes.
IRCC added - the “permit holder” applicants aren’t eligible to include accompanying family members as a part of their permanent residence applications. All individuals who qualify for PR through this class must submit their application for Canada PR as principal applicants.

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Additional Fees Required for Canada PR Visa

In addition to the fees listed above, the Canada PR visa will also include fees for the following:

  • Language Proficiency Test

You need to prove your English or French language skills as a part of the Canada PR process. For that, you need to take the IELTS exam, which costs around INR 17,000 and is valid for 2 years.

  • Educational Credential Assessment

Getting your foreign educational credentials evaluated by a Canadian body such as WES is crucial to see if they match Canadian standards. For most people, the cost is around CAD 200 plus the cost to have it delivered. The delivery cost will depend on the way you choose it to be sent.

  • Medical Examination

The government of Canada ensures you are fit to travel and settle in their country and to prove that, you need to take a medical exam, conducted by a recognized panel of doctors. This may cost you around CAD 70 to 100.

Additional Fees Required for Canada PR Visa

  • Police Clearance Certificate

Along with a medical exam, police clearance is necessary. This shows you do not have a criminal background and will not be a threat to Canadian society. It will cost you around CAD 10.

  • Biometric Fees

The last step is to provide biometric information as a part of your Canada PR application process, which costs approximately CAD 85. Families applying together for a visitor visa will only pay a maximum biometric fee of up to CAD 170.

  • Proof of Funds

You need to show settlement funds if you choose to apply through its Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) under Express Entry. Proof of funds is to show you have enough money to support yourself and any family member accompanying you to Canada.

Note that IRCC updates the settlement funds every year for Canada PR Visa. So, check the official website for the updated costs.

Number of Family Members Funds Required (In CAD)
1 $13,757
2 $17,127
3 $21,055
4 $25,564
5 $28,994
6 $32,700
7 $36,407
For each additional family member $3,706

You don’t need to show proof of funds if you’ve applied through Express Entry’s Canada Experience Class (CEC)

OR

You have a valid employment offer from an eligible employer in Canada.

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If you need clarification regarding the fee or Canada PR application process, connect with the best immigration consultant in Mumbai, Nationwide Visas. With more than 16 years of experience in successfully assisting thousands of Indians to achieve their dream of settling abroad, they are the best fit for all your immigration needs!

Good Luck!

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