Canada has seen a massive increase in the number of immigrants in the last few years. The need, for now, is to come up with a proper infrastructure that can fulfill the needs and demands of these new people gracing the land of Canada. That is why the Canadian government has now decided to hike its immigration and visa processing fees for the upcoming two years-2020 to 2022.
One of the reasons for the increase in these fees is because many immigrants in the long term make Canada their permanent residence. The government thus is faced with additional operational costs for providing immigration services. With the view to fulfill such additional expenses and also to develop more infrastructure and facilities in the country, Canada has decided to increase fee structure for those applying for permanent resident applications.
The new fee structure became applicable from 30 April 2020.
How COVID-19 Outbreak May Affect Applicants?
Although the applicants who have applied for a permanent residency visa before 30 April are expected to pay according to the earlier fee structure they may have to face disappointment. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 official formalities across the globe have been delayed which is why even these applicants may have to pay the fees according to the latest structure.
Since international and domestic travel is not allowed in most countries, it is recommended that those interested in getting Canada immigration visa should apply now and keep it in a frozen state. So the moment, Canada starts the formalities in the full form once again, you will be able to get a response very fast.
Routes Affected Due To Hike In Fees Structure
Different routes for permanent residence in Canada will be affected due to this increase in Canada immigration and visa processing fees. Here is a breakup in nutshell:
- The fee structure for a startup visa, economic business class applicants, Quebec investors, Quebec self-employed, and Quebec entrepreneur will increase from $1,050 to $1575.
- Fees for economic non-business class applicants will increase from $550 to $825. However, the fee structure will not apply to principal applicants and families under Caregivers programs.
- Fee Structure for common-law partners or spouses under all economic classes will increase from $550 to $825.
- The fee structure for dependent children belonging to all types of economic classes will increase from $150 to $225.
- The fee structure for permanent resident applications will see a hike from $490 to $500.
As the above information indicates the Canadian government has increased the fees only for Canadian permanent residence applicants. It also means there is no hike in the fees for residence documents, certifications as well as other related documents.