This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) charges fees to partially recover the cost of providing some services to the public. The fees are based on an international precedent and the concept that persons specifically requesting a service should pay for that service.

Fee levels are set to recover as much of the costs of each service as reasonable without imposing undue hardship or affecting access to services. The fee for any service will not exceed the average documented global cost of providing that service.

Types of fees

There are two types of fees: processing fees and regulatory charges.

In Canada payments

Payments can be made at local offices, ports of entry and case processing centres.

Learn more about in Canada payments.

Online payments

Online payments can be made using the online payment tool on the IRCC website.

Payments abroad

Payments can be made abroad at a Visa Application Center (VAC) and at missions or using the online payment tool on IRCC’s website.

Time of payment

Payment of the appropriate processing fees or proof of payment must be included with the application for the service requested.

Learn more about time of payment.

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