Types of fees

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

Types of fees
  1. Processing fee (also called the cost recovery fee) is the cost for processing an application, specified under the Regulations and for a specified service or for legislated administrative purposes such as enforcement activities:
    • fees are charged for processing not for the results. Thus, processing fees are non-refundable (see Refunds for exceptions) even if the application is unsuccessful or if it is withdrawn before a decision has been rendered;
    • applications received without the processing fee will not be processed.
  2. A right confers a special permission or privilege on an individual for which they must pay a specific sum of money. There are two categories of rights fees in the Department:
    • Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF); and
    • Right of Citizenship Fee (ROCF).
Citizenship fees

The Citizenship Act and its Regulations describe the application types or lines of business related to citizenship services. The fee schedule provides the fees which are to be collected for each type of application.

Authority to charge prescribed fees is found in:

All citizenship grant applications for persons 18 years of age or older require a processing fee and a ROCF.

The ROCF must be paid at the same time as the processing fee or the application will not be processed. Applications for minors (5(2)(a)) are not required to pay the ROCF.

Information regarding situations in which the processing fee and/or the ROCF may be refunded is found in Refunds.

Immigration fees

For immigration cases, authority to charge prescribed fees is based on:

  • Section 89 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA); and
  • Financial Administration Act, Paragraphs 19(1)(a) and 9.1(a).
Temporary Residence

Processing fees are required for a variety of temporary resident services such as work permits (WP), study permits (SP), temporary resident visas (TRV), visitor records (VR), extensions and enforcement services.

Restoration Fees:

The processing fee to restore a temporary resident status is $200. Clients applying for restoration of their temporary resident status as a:

  • visitor will pay 200$, which includes the processing fee ($75) for a visitor record.
  • worker or student will pay the applicable processing fee for the permit they require in addition to the restoration fee ($200).

There are some exemptions to the temporary residence processing fee.

Permanent Residence

For permanent resident applications, there are two types of fees to be paid:

The RPRF (formerly known as Right of Landing Fee) is paid for the right to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. The fee is partial compensation for the many benefits and privileges that permanent resident status confers. It is only required for applicants 22 years of age or older.

Exemptions to Payment of RPRF
Payment of the RPRF

For applications processed at visa offices, payment is required before issuance of the Permanent Resident Visa (counterfoil). This fee is refundable at anytime only if the Permanent Resident Visa has not yet been issued.

For applications processed in Canada, payment is required before permanent residence status is granted. This fee is refundable at anytime only if permanent residence status has not yet been granted.

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