Fees: Sponsored family class applications
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
The fee is:
- Sponsorship application fee of $75
Sponsored family members
As part of the two-stage process for sponsorships, the IRPR introduced a sponsorship application fee of $75 in addition to the permanent residence fee. The sponsor is assessed against the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) and other eligibility criteria prior to the processing of the permanent residence application. If during the initial assessment by CPC, it is determined that the sponsor does not meet the eligibility criteria and the sponsor has selected the refund option on the sponsorship application, all funds minus the $75 sponsorship application fee are returned.
In sponsorship cases, the fee for the principal applicant (either $490 or $75) will constitute the balance of the total fee for an application for permanent residence. For a principal applicant under 22 years of age, not a spouse or common-law partner and defined in R117(1)(b) or (f) to (h), the fee is $75, for a total of $150. For all other principal applicants, the fee is $490, for a total of $565.
The fees collected for the sponsorship of children are determined by age and status at the time of a completed application.
CPC-Mississauga and CPC-Vegreville (spouse or common-law partner in Canada class)
Under IRPA, sponsorship undertakings will be accepted in Canada only. Visa offices abroad will continue to play a role but not in the acceptance of sponsorship applications.
The cost recovery processing fee must accompany the undertaking form if a fee exemption is not identified. The undertaking will be appropriately coded “fee paid.” The visa office abroad will code this information in CAIPS.
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