Canada Permanent Residence

Canada Permanent residence fees increasing on April 30, 2024

Migrations across international borders in search of jobs, education, and a better quality of living have seen a massive trend in recent years. Among the many developed countries that hosted these immigrants, Canada holds a significant position. In this decadal phenomenon, Canada Permanent Residence has seen an innumerable number of applicants. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as of 2020, Canada’s Express Entry PR pathway managed 108,350 applications out of which 31,250 were invited for PR. Other than Express Entry other PR pathways such as Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Family Sponsorship, and Refugee and Humanitarian Programs also invite a huge number of PR applicants in a similar line. 

The latest update in these PR pathways is a hike in PR application fees from April 30, 2024. This is not shocking news, but a biannual phenomenon that affects most PR pathways including the Canada Skilled Migration. The following sessions are intended to provide detailed insights on this update for aspiring candidates. 

PR Fee Hike: An Overview

The PR application fee hike that came effective as of 9 am Eastern Time on April 30, 2024, is a regular update conducted once every two years.  According to the IRCC statement, it is based on the cumulative percentage increase to the Consumer Price Index for Canada published by Statistics Canada. In simple terms the application fee hike factors in the increase in processing charge and inflation over the last two years. 

This fee change is applicable between the period of April 30 2024 and March 2026. Those who apply for Canada Permanent Residence on or after April 30 are advised to visit the official website of the Government of Canada and refer to the chart on fee details.

Updated PR Fees: Some Insights

Right of Permanent Residence Fee:

The principal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner have to pay 575 Dollars in place of the previously charged 515 dollars. 

Federal Skilled Worker class, Quebec Skilled Worker Class, Atlantic Immigration Class, and most economic immigration pilots:

Candidates applying through these pathways are subjected to the following changes. In the case of the principal applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner, the application fee has been raised from 850 dollars to 950 dollars. For the accompanying dependent child, it is 260 dollars instead of the previous 230 dollars.

Business Programs including Federal and Quebec:

The principal applicant has to pay 1,810 dollars instead of the previous 1,625 dollars. For accompanying spouses or common-law partners, there is a fee hike of 100 dollars, and dependent children have a fee hike of 30 dollars similar to the previous section.

This is just a bird’s eye view of some important programs. Please refer to the official website of the Government of Canada or IRCC to be updated on your respective charges.

Fee Exemptions

The dependent children and protected categories are usually exempted from the Right of Permanent Residence Fees. Other than these categories IRCC has notified that a sponsored child under 22 years of age, of a principal applicant under the family reunification class is eligible for this fee exemption. Principal applicants under the humanitarian and compassionate consideration and public policy classes are also eligible given they meet certain conditions.


Staying updated with changing norms is essential to be prepared while applying for your Canada Permanent Residence. With a dedicated team that consistently stays alert in this area, Navigate Migrate can be your reliable partner for effective navigation of PR in Canada.


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