Update to immigration fees and procedures – changes to certain temporary residence application processing fees

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Date: February 3, 2014

Summary: To better manage processing costs, which have steadily risen over the years and have been subsidized by the Canadian taxpayer, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is implementing fee changes in a number of temporary resident lines of business. Effective February 6, 2014, regulatory changes will be implemented for the following temporary resident applications: temporary resident visas (TRVs), work permits (WPs), study permits (SPs), and extensions of authorization to remain in Canada.

The harmonization of the single entry visa (SEV) and multiple-entry visa (MEV) application fees will facilitate access to Canada for more applicants who are eligible. While CIC continues to promote the issuance of long-term MEVs, not all applicants will automatically receive a MEV. Whether an applicant is issued a SEV or a MEV remains at the discretion of the officer.

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