Canada is believed to experience an annual increase of permanent residents between 2020 and 2022, making it the perfect opportunity for immigrants to start fresh. Canada plans to admit an estimate of 1,053,000 residents in three years, as predicted by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) last March 12 in the Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022.
In terms of the immigration application fees, people should expect a gradual increase using a two-phase plan to ensure the steady rise in price doesn’t shock residents. This is the first time since 2002 since the Permanent Residence (PR) status will see an increase in fees.
What to Expect in the First Phase?
Said to commence in 2020 to 2021, the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) will jump from $490 to $500. There are some exceptions to the new rule: dependent children of applicants, protected persons, H&C applicants, refugees, orphaned dependents, and sponsorships under certain adoptions can still pay the previous amount.
Meanwhile, the principal applicants in the economic class can expect a 50 percent increase for application fees, along with the accompanying family members in the following economic class programs:
- The economic business programs that comprise self-employment, start-up visas, Quebec investors, and Quebec entrepreneurs will see an increase from $1,050 to $1,575.
- The economic non-business class, like the Federal High Skilled programs under Express Entry, provincial nominees, Quebec’s Skilled Worker Program, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, Agri-Food Immigration Program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Program will have a spike of $550 to $825.
Others, like the Caregivers Programs, will remain unchanged, though the fees for common-law partners and spouses under the economic class will also have to pay $825 instead of the initial $550. Dependent children, on the other hand, will see a boost from $150 to $225.
What to Expect in the Second Phase?
Commencing in 2022 to 2023, the selected permanent resident processing fees will increase every two years and rounded to the nearest $5 as applicable by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
This means that the Permanent Resident Fees for the economic business class programs will rise from $1,050 in 2020 to $1,640 in 2022-2023, and $,1705 in 2024-2025 and so on. Meanwhile, those under the economic, non-business classes for principal applicants will see a jump of $860 in 2022-2023, to $895 in 2024-2025, and so on.
The same concept applies to spouses and common-law partners under the economic class, wherein they will have to pay $860 in 2022-2023, to $895 in 2024-2025, and so on. Their dependent children will also be affected by the second phase, thus the $225 increase in 2020, to $235 in 2022-2023, to $245 in 2024-2025, and so on.
The Bottom Line
The first phase has already taken effect on April 30, 2020, so immigrants applying for permanent residences should note the steady changes in fees that will take place through the years.
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