Canada bumping up fees for permanent residency

Global News Canada

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It will become a tad more expensive to move to Canada with permanent residency come May.

On April 5, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated on their website that Canada was increasing fees for all permanent residence (PR) applications, including economic, permit holder, family and humanitarian classes.

The change has come into effect since April 30, meaning that those hoping to make the move to this country since that date will have to shell out extra for the process.

Why is Canada upping the fees?

The move to increase fees is not new.

These cost hikes are meant to make sure that Canada remains at par and well-aligned with the fees charged by other immigrant-receiving countries with somewhat similar immigration systems, such as Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, among others.

It also contributes greatly to Canada’s economy, according to Canada’s immigration minister.

How much is the difference?

The current right to permanent residence fee for a principal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner is $500. This is set to become $515 as of April 30.

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