Permanent Residence Fees Increasing From April 30, 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in its recent announcement, said that they are increasing fees for all permanent residence applications effective from April 30, 2022. 

This includes permit holder, economic, family and humanitarian classes.

The last increase in Permanent Residence fee happened in 2020. At that time, Canadian immigration authorities also announced that they will be increasing the fee every two years to account for inflation. 

The Government of Canada has always supported a cost-effective approach to financing government programs. In other words, most of the expenses are covered by those who receive the services.

The differences between current and new permanent residence fees

S.No. Program ApplicantsCurrent FeeNew FeeApril 30, 2022
1.Right of Permanent Residence FeePrincipal applicant and accompanying spouse/ common-law partner$500$515
2.Federal High Skilled, Provincial Nominee Program and Quebec Skilled Workers, Atlantic Immigration Class and most Economic Pilots (Rural, Agri-Food)Principal applicant$825$850
Accompanying spouse or common-law partner$825$850
Accompanying dependent child$225$230
3.Live-in Caregiver Program and Caregivers Pilots (Home Child Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot)Principal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse/common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
4.Business (Federal and Quebec)Principal applicant$1,575$1,625
Accompanying spouse/ common-law partner$825$850
Accompanying dependent child$225$230
5.Family Reunification (Spouses, Partners and Children; Parents and Grandparents; and other relatives)Sponsorship fee$75$75
Sponsored principal applicant$475$490
Sponsored dependent child$75$75
Accompanying spouse/common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
6.Protected PersonsPrincipal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse/common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
7.Humanitarian and Compassionate / Public PolicyPrincipal applicant$550$570
Accompanying spouse/common-law partner$550$570
Accompanying dependent child$150$155
8.Permit HoldersPrincipal applicant$325$335

Canada Permanent Residence Fee FAQs

Q1: Can I pay my fees at a bank in Canada?

In most cases, the answer is no as the payment receipt form (IMM 5401) which is mandatory to pay at a bank in Canada is no longer available. In case, you have a form stamped by your bank before March 31, 2016, you can still use it to pay at any time.

But if you do not have the form, you must pay your fees online.

Q2: How do I get a refund if I paid my fees online or at a bank in Canada?

In case of online payments, please use your receipt number to get a refund. After you submit a request, the Canadian authorities might contact you if further information is needed or to update you on the status of your request.

If you used a prepaid card or a credit card to pay, you will receive a refund on the same card. In case the refund fails, the authorities will issue you a cheque.

In case you paid with a debit card or paid at a bank in Canada, the authorities will issue you a cheque. 

Please note, refunds can take up to eight weeks to process.

Q3: Will I get a refund if my Canada PR application is returned?

Yes, you will get a refund in that case. Your application is returned if:

  • it was incomplete
  • It was received before the program re-opened
  • the program was full

Please note, refunds can take up to eight weeks to complete. Please submit a refund request if it’s been longer than that. 

Also, the biometrics fee is not refundable.

Q4: Is my payment receipt form (IMM 5401) still valid?

If the date stamped on your form is:

  • On or before March 31, 2016, you can use it with your application as proof of payment.
  • April 1, 2016 or later: It will not be accepted and you have to pay your fee online. 

Q5: I got a refund but the amount differs from the one I paid. Why?

This is very common when you pay in your local currency instead of Canadian dollars. 

The amount of refund depends on the current exchange rate in the market on the day the refund is issued. Exchange rates change almost every day so expect a little difference in the amount you receive. 

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