Time of payment

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

Payment of the appropriate cost recovery processing fee or proof of payment must be included with the application for the service requested. The application for a service will not be processed without payment of the correct fee, and the application will not be considered “locked in” until either the fees or proof of payment have been received. However, this does not apply to the RPRF, which can be paid at any point during the process prior to the issuance of the immigrant visa or the acquisition of permanent resident status.

The biometric fee must normally be paid each time an applicant provides biometric information. Applicants are not required to pay the biometric fee again if, as part of the same application, they are required by an officer to repeat biometric collection.

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