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Canadian Immigration Fees

Whether you are applying for Permanent Resident Status or Canadian citizenship there are some nominal fees that must be paid to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The fees go to the governmental organization to maintain its infrastructure, pay government workers and to process your paperwork.

There are many other immigration forms, certificates, requests and proofs that you can apply for that require certain fees and Immigration Direct has compiled them from the CIC in this article for your reference. All dollar amounts are in Canadian dollars, check conversion rates for exact values.

  • The Right to Be a Citizenship is $100.
  • The Grant of Citizenship is $100.
  • Retention of Citizenship costs $100.
  • Resumption of Citizenship costs $100.
  • Renunciation of Citizenship is $100.
  • A Proof of Citizenship costs $75.
  • A Sponsorship Application for a Family Visa costs $75.
  • The Principal applicant of a Family Visa must pay $475, unless they are under 22 years of age, in which case they pay $75.
  • Family members who are being sponsored and are older than 22 pay $550, if they are under 22 they pay $150.
  • The Principal applicant of an Investor Class Visa must pay $1,050.
  • Family members of the Principal applicant of the Investor Class Visa pay $550 if they are over 22, $150 if they are under 22.
  • Principal applicants of all other immigration visas pay $550 per application.
  • Family members of the principal applicants of all other immigration visas pay $550 if they are older than 22, $150 if they are younger than 22.
  • Multiple entry Temporary Visas are $150.
  • Single entry Temporary Visas are $75.
  • If you need to get a visa to travel through Canada and the trip will take less than two days the visa is free.
  • Work permits are $150.
  • Study permits are $125.
  • Sponsorship applications to remain in Canada Permanent Residents are $75 per application.
  • Principal applicants to remain in Canada as Permanent Residents cost $475.
  • Family members of applicants who are petitioning to remain in Canada as Permanent Residents must pay $550 if they are over 22 years of age and $150 if they are younger.
  • Permit Holders Class fees for Applicants are $325.
  • To acquire Permanent Resident Status in Canada applicants must pay $490 unless they are dependents of the applicant or are protected (as in the case of refugee or asylee status.
  • To extend Temporary Resident Status the application processing fee is $75.
  • A Restoration of Temporary Resident Status Application cost $200.
  • To get a Permanent Resident Card you will need to pay a $50 fee.
  • To renew or replace a Permanent Resident Card the fee is also $50.
  • The fee to replace an immigration document is $30.
  • An Application for a travel document is $50.
  • For a determination of rehabilitation if your inadmissibility is based on criminality is $200.
  • For a determination of rehabilitation if your inadmissibility is based on severe criminality you will need to pay $1,000.
  • An authorization to return to Canada costs $400.
  • To apply for the repayment of removal expenses you will need to pay $750 if it is to the United States or St.Pierre and Miquelon, and $1,500 if it is to any other country.

All payments must be made to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and are separate from Immigration Direct’s service fees.

Citizenship and the Citizenship Test

Canadian citizenship is a truly great thing. With citizenship you will have access to more rights within Canada and it can never be revoked unless you decide to remove your own citizenship. Immigration direct is an excellent resource for information about Canadian citizenship and we can help you file for citizenship!

Citizenship test will have to do with geography and history

Filing for citizenship properly is extremely important for a number of reasons. The most foremost reason is that if you file properly there won’t be any delays in the process and you will therefore get your citizenship certificate faster. If you miss any fields on the citizenship form it will likely be sent back to you for correction. Consider that will constitute a trip to and from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to you through the mail system. When you are excited about becoming a citizen this span of time might as well be forever.

However, the first thing that you have to find out is if you are eligible to become a citizen. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the official immigration body of Canada, you must meet certain requirements in order to apply for Canadian citizenship.

  • You have to be 18 years old in order to apply for your own citizenship. Immigrants younger than 18 can also apply for citizenship, but they cannot do it themselves. Their parents must apply for them.
  • Only Permanent residents who have lived in Canada for 1,095 out of the past 1,460 days are eligible to apply.
  • You must also be able to speak either of the official languages of Canada. The two largest official languages are English and French. You must also provide supporting evidence of your proficiency in these languages.
  • A basic knowledge of Canadian history, government and culture are necessary for citizenship as well. Immigration Direct has a number of blogs about the citizenship tests that you can peruse as well as assistance on the citizenship form.

There are certain things that may prevent you from becoming a citizen:

  • If you have violated the Citizenship Act in the past three years you will likely be turned down for citizenship.
  • If you have been somehow punished for a crime and you are still serving your term you will not be granted citizenship.
  • Violations of any immigration laws make you ineligible for citizenship.
  • In the event that your citizenship has been revoked you cannot apply for citizenship again unless five

Canadian Citizenship Test Questions

Permanent Residents who wish to become Canadian citizens will have to take and pass a test which examines how familiar they are with Canadian history, government, culture and the nation in general. The good news is that it is likely that while you are a Permanent Resident you will learn everything you need to know for the test, just by being involved in Canadian society.

Become a citizen today

However, it isn’t a problem if you don’t know everything that is necessary to pass the test. Spending some time to read about Canada and doing a little studying will help you pass the test with flying colors. A convenient time to start studying for the test may be around the time that you file for citizenship with Immigration Direct.

Below is a walkthrough of some of the questions you may see on the test.

Can Permanent Residents vote? How many years must Permanent Residents live in Canada to vote?

This is a bit of a trick question because the second part of it leads you to believe that the answer to the first question is yes. The only people who are allowed to vote in federal elections in Canada are citizens and only citizens. Permanent Residents, regardless of how long they have lived in Canada are not allowed to vote. This question also illustrates another great reason to become a citizen in Canada. With citizenship you can vote for the people who run the federal government and create laws that affect you on a daily basis.

How does the Canadian government work?

The government of Canada is composed of three separate parts. The first is the executive which included the Queen or King and the Governor General. Then there is the Parliament which is composed of the House of Commons (who are elected) and the Senate (who are appointed). While this list is ordered, it confers no particular importance to any of the parts and the third, the judiciary, is probably one of the most important because it is responsible for determining whether or not a decision from the other two parts is lawful.

What does the Queen do in the Canadian government? What does the Prime Minister do?

In Canadian government the sovereign (Queen, King, Monarch) are the executive authority for the federal government. However, the Queen is advised by the Prime Minister of the parliament in the matters of operating the Canadian government. So the Prime Minister is the head of the government and the Queen gives assent to the decisions that the Parliament puts into place.

You may also need to know some important names in government. As of December 2012 the Queen is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister is The Right Honourable Stephen Harper. There are many Members of Parliament and they are elected from districts. As a Permanent Resident you belong to one of those districts even though you are not able to vote. You should know the name of your district’s representative. And lastly, one of the most important government officials for immigrants is the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, who happens to be the Honourable Jason Kenney.

Canadian Citizenship: Avoiding Fraud

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is very serious about fraudulent applications and this is why it is incredibly important to be absolutely honest when applying for citizenship. Sometimes immigrants who apply for citizenship have difficulty with the application and this leads to unintentional misrepresentation, but by applying with Immigration Direct, the process becomes easier and the likelihood of errors decreases.

Avoid Immigration Fraud

Although there has been a backlog in Canadian immigration for a long time now, this is changing with Minister Kenney’s administration. He has focused on this issue for two reasons: to prevent fraud and to speed up the process for legitimate immigrants.

Canada recognizes that receiving more immigrants in the future (and particularly in 2013) will benefit the country immeasurably. The immigration of individuals with special skills, advanced knowledge or even just different viewpoints will contribute significantly to the intellectual and cultural capital of the country making it an increasingly important place in the world. Truly, there has never been a better time in history to immigrate to Canada because of its government’s excitement about increasing immigration numbers.

However, one of the very valuable attributes of Canada’s government has led to some problems for immigrants. Canada’s government takes the idea of rule of law (the political concept that says that everyone within society is subject to the law as it is written and is deserving of equal treatment) as a basic right and as a result some immigrants who became citizens years ago are having their certificates revoked because it was discovered that they had gained citizenship fraudulently. Some people claim that it is unfair for the government to take away citizenship because they have already been citizens for so long, but if it was discovered that they didn’t apply legally they can still be removed.

This government is particularly serious about this considering that recently 530 people had their citizenship removed. For comparison consider that before this crackdown there was about one revocation per year. The increase in frequency is quite large.

Minister Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration Canada argue that the rule of law must be upheld and those who defrauded the immigration system must answer for their infractions. Ignorance will not be considered an excuse in these cases. When applying for citizenship you should be very aware of the laws surrounding immigration so that you can live in Canada for as long as you wish without having any trouble with the government.

A good start on this path to immigration responsibility is accurately and truthfully answering all of the questions on whatever application you are filing. Some people lie on their applications because they are afraid that they will be rejected outright if they mention an arrest that occurred years before. At the time of the application immigration officials will consider the circumstances of such an event and you may still be given citizenship. However, if you don’t mention such an arrest (even if it is seemingly insignificant) you may have your certificate revoked outright simply because you lied.

Overall the most important thing to keep in mind when applying for immigration benefits is that being honest and truthful will get you to where you want to be.

Citizenship Canada: Required Language Skills

If you want to become a citizen of Canada you must first become a Permanent Resident. There are a few different ways that you can accomplish this and Immigration Direct can help you achieve this goal for a nominal fee. It is, after all, a very small price to pay for the privilege to live in one of the greatest countries on our fine blue planet Earth.

After a few years of living in Canada as a Permanent Resident you may apply for citizenship. After you have become familiar with Immigration Direct through our Permanent Resident Card program you can also use us to your advantage when you apply for citizenship. Becoming a citizen of Canada requires you to meet a few benchmarks among them are time requirements, knowledge about Canada’s history and government and language skills.

Canada has two official languages and you must be at least proficient enough in one of them to satisfy the immigration officials at the time of your citizenship application. There are national programs that are used to measure proficiency in both English and French (the official languages of Canada), which are the Canadian Language Benchmarks for English and the Niveau de competence linguistique canadien for French. These programs scientifically measure one’s ability to use the language in four different ways: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

For the purpose of this article we will focus on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and the English language test. To become a citizen you must be able to prove that you are CLB level four in both listening and speaking. Level four means that you can have every day conversations and you show that you are relatively competent in the use of grammatical tenses and have a reasonably well-developed vocabulary.

It is likely that you will develop the necessary language skills through the course of your Permanent Residency to pass the language competency test, and if you are able to read this article without assistance or translation you are likely capable to pass the language test. However, being able to read a language is not always the same as being able to speak it or even hear it, so you may need additional practice and guidance outside of everyday interaction with other Canadians.

There are many different programs around Canada designed to help you learn the language of your choice and provide proof that you are in fact proficient in that language. There are three ways by which you can prove your skills. Either through a third party testing program that uses a Citizenship and Immigration Canada approved test, through a diploma or other proof of being educated in a school that required competency in English, or a CLB level four score given to you by a government run CIC program.

Be sure to check back with Immigration Direct for more information on the citizenship tests and tips on how to make the immigration process easier. We’re here for you!

Feel free to e-mail us with any questions you would like to have answered in the blog or article sections.

CIC Canada and Citizenship Week

Immigration in Canada is an important issue, so much so that it, like many other countries, has its own department to deal with immigrants within and without the country. This department of the Canadian government (called Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC) is responsible for issuing visas for temporary visitors, permanent residents and also administers the citizenship test and application.

Oftentimes government documents might seem to be rather difficult to understand and that is why Immigration Direct offers useful cost-effective help when it comes to applying for and submitting these applications. Whether you are interested in becoming a new permanent resident in Canada, renewing or replacing your old PR Card or applying for citizenship we can help you through that process.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is not only an administrative body and has a variety of other programs that it tends to. Recently in the news it was reported that the CIC, under the leadership of Minister Kenney, started to prosecute a number of immigrants who had fraudulently filed for citizenship and immigration benefits.

Enforcement of immigration law and policy are not the only responsibilities of CIC however. They also organize many events that celebrate the pride and privilege that accompanies Canadian citizenship.

This being Canadian citizenship week there are quite a few events going on across Canada, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. There will be citizenship ceremonies where applicants will be taking their Oath to Canada in public, officiated by the CIC as well as numerous re-affirmation ceremonies where people who have already been citizens for a while can re-state their commitment to the country that they call home. For the next few weeks there will also be a smattering of public speakers talking about what it means to be a Canadian citizen in select cities in Canada. You can find out more about these events on the Immigration Direct blog as well as CIC’s website.

2012 is also a rather important year in Canadian history as well. It is the bicentennial of the war of 1812 which established Canadian cultural independence and a sense of national identity. In 1812 the United States invaded Canada looking to expand its territories and further depose the British government from North America. However, Canadian militias were able to repel the Americans and by doing so forged a national pride that remains today.

Learning about the government, history and culture of Canada is of great importance when you come to live in the country. Especially when you decide to become a citizen because the application requires that you become very familiar with these aspects of Canada.

So when you decide that you would like to emigrate to one of the greatest (and freest) nations on the planet, consider using Immigration Direct to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Our helpful system is bound to ease the process of immigration which is already a somewhat difficult process.

Celebrate Canadian Citizenship – Canada Day

Canada DayPeople of Canada are proud of being Canadian citizens. They value their rights and freedom. Besides they accept the responsibilities that are bestowed on them. But there are certain things to know about what it means to be a citizen of Canada. The citizens are required to get involved in celebrating Canadian citizenship by celebrating various days, such as the Canada Day.

To celebrate the Canada Day, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) organizes special citizenship ceremonies across Canada, every year. The freedom, rights and the history of Canada are celebrated on the Canada Day. The special citizenship ceremonies mark the status of Canada as a parliamentary democracy and as a constitutional monarchy. Every year, CIC conducts special ceremonies through which almost 160,000 people are granted Canadian citizenship. Special ceremonies are held at more than 1,900 places in Canada. This day is usually celebrated with fireworks and parades. The Canada Day holiday is also related to the Independence Day of the United States on July 4th.

The other important day to be remembered is the “War of 1812”. When a foreign national takes the Oath of Citizenship, the history of Canada becomes the history of the new comer. This war which has an impact on the history of Canada, is marked with various activities. Canada celebrates the Citizenship Week in the third week of October, every year. This is the time for all Canadians to remember the values and meaning of Canadian citizenship. Citizens of Canada are called to reaffirm the Oath of Citizenship at a “Reaffirmation Ceremony”. The commitment of the citizens towards Canada is shown by doing so. The participants of the reaffirmation ceremony repeat the Oath of Citizenship, in order to express their commitment towards Canada. An individual who is already a Canadian citizen can take part in a reaffirmation ceremony.

Canadian citizens are also recommended to take part in the Citizenship ceremonies which are open to public. The citizens can also join with community groups to host a citizenship ceremony to welcome new citizens to Canada. Canada is a place where the immigrants find opportunities and new hopes for the future.

Citizenship ceremonies in Canada take place, throughout the year, across the country. But special ceremonies are conducted to commemorate the Canada Day. Many new citizens of Canada who were granted Canadian citizenship, celebrate the Canada Day for the first time as Canadian citizens, after the special citizenship ceremonies. Commonly referred to as Canada’s Birthday, the Canada Day is a very special day to all Canadians.

Proof of Canadian Citizenship

Proof of Canadian citizenship - CA passportA Canadian citizenship certificate must be possessed by a Canadian citizen to prove that he is a citizen of the country. A Canadian citizenship certificate is issued to a person who is:

  • born in Canada
  • born outside Canada to Canadian parents, and
  • a permanent resident who has been granted Canadian citizenship.

The Canadian citizenship certificate contains your family and given names, date of birth, gender, and date of citizenship. This citizenship certificate is not a travel document. A Canadian passport must be possessed by a Canadian citizen who wants to travel outside Canada.

Any Canadian citizen is eligible to apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate. A provincial or territorial birth certificate issued to a person born in Canada is enough to prove their Canadian citizenship, but they can also apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate, if they wish to get one. In order to demonstrate your legal status in Canada, you must update your Canadian Citizenship certificate. If you had lost your certificate or if it was stolen or destroyed then you must apply for a new certificate immediately.
If you were born outside Canada, you may get a citizenship certificate if you had completed all the steps to become a Canadian citizen. To do so, you must be eligible to become a Canadian citizen and you must apply for Canadian citizenship.

Proof of Canadian citizenship is required to:

  • vote in the federal elections
  • obtain a Canadian passport
  • get a driver’s license
  • get a job in Canada
  • acquire the benefits rendered by the government such as health care and pension, and
  • get a Social Insurance Number.

Certain documents are recognized by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as proof of Canadian citizenship. Birth certificates are recognized as a proof of citizenship in Canada. Naturalization certificates that were issued before January 1, 1947, Registration of Birth Abroad certificates and Certificate of Retention that were issued between 1st January 1947 and 14th February, 1977, can also used to establish Canadian citizenship. But some government agencies do not accept all the above mentioned documents and they require additional documents as a proof of Canadian citizenship.

To apply for certificate of citizenship you must file an application. You must fill out the application form completely and submit it along with the required supporting documentation. If you already had a citizenship certificate in the past, you must submit the original copy of the previous certificate along with photocopies of the other required documents.

After the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) receives your application for a citizenship certificate, your application will be reviewed and processed. Your application may be processed within 6 months and you can check the status of your application online. The application processing time will be longer if the case is complex. If your application for Canadian citizenship certificate is approved, you will receive the certificate through mail. You will receive a written notice if your application is not approved.

The Citizenship Residency Requirement for Canada

Under the Citizenship Act, an applicant for Canadian citizenship must have resided in Canada for at least 3 years in the 4 years immediately preceding submission of the citizenship application.

For individuals who have been a permanent resident for the last four years, this is an easy calculation. You simply add up the days that you spent outside the country, and confirm that you were present in Canada for at least 1095 days.

For individuals who have been a permanent resident for less than four years, the calculation may be more complicated. If you became a permanent resident three years ago, and you never left Canada for more than 24 hours at a time since becoming a Permanent, then – voila! – you meet the residency requirement. But if you did take international trips since becoming a Permanent Resident, then you need to make some more sophisticated calculations in order to qualify for citizenship.  And you’re only in a position to make these “sophisticated calculations” if you lived in Canada before you became a Permanent Resident and within the last four years. If you did not live in Canada before you became a Permanent resident, or if the time that you lived in Canada before becoming a Permanent Resident is outside the “last 4 year” range – then you need to wait until you accumulate those 1095 days before applying. But if you did live in Canada before becoming a Permanent Resident, and within the last 4 years, then you might have some additional options.

The time you resided in Canada before you became a Permanent Resident counts as ½ time. This means that for every two days that you resided in Canada since becoming a Permanent Resident, you can count one of them as fulfilling the 1095 days obligation.  So if you lived in Canada for a year before becoming a Permanent Resident, and you were present in Canada for 100% of that year, you can add 182 days to the number of total days you have spent in Canada since becoming a Permanent Resident.

Individuals who have been a Permanent Resident of Canada for less than 3 years can also use this benefit. For example, if you have been a Permanent Resident for only two years and have spent a total of 730 days in Canada, you can still qualify for Citizenship if you lived in Canada for the two years immediately preceding your acquisition of Permanent Resident Status, but only if you never took a trip outside of Canada in those two years.

It’s a generous calculation system: one that tries to give as many advantages as possible to applicants, so that you can apply as quickly as possible for the benefit of Canadian Citizenship. You should be aware, however, that there are certain periods of time – spent in Canada- that will not help you meet the residence requirement. For example, time that you spent serving in jail will not count towards the residence requirement.

If you think that you meet the residence requirement, you can get started with your Canadian citizenship application now. Don’t worry about making a mistake with your calculation – we’ll make sure that you meet the residence requirement before you submit your application.

What are the Advantages of Canadian Citizenship?

There are numerous advantages to holding Canadian citizenship. Becoming a Canadian citizen comes with benefits that are not available to Permanent Residents, such as: access to restricted jobs; the right to vote and run for political office; and the ability to travel with a Canadian passport. Canadian citizens also have the security of holding a status that is not easy to lose or relinquish.

Canadian Citizens are Eligible for More Jobs

Canadian citizens are eligible for certain unelected government jobs that require citizenship as well as jobs requiring security clearances. Permanent Residents, on the other hand, may find themselves with employment choices that are limited by their status.

Canadian Citizens can Vote and Run for Political Office

With Canadian citizenship comes the right to vote in provincial and national elections. By voting, Canadian citizens play an important role in influencing provincial and federal politics. In addition, Canadian citizens may hold political office, and represent Canadian constituents on issues like taxes, education, and foreign policy.

Canadian Citizens can Travel on a Canadian Passport

For many naturalized citizens, a Canadian passport is a more useful passport than a passport issued by the country of birth, since many countries allow Canadians to enter without a visa for certain approved purposes. Canada recognizes dual citizenship, so if your country of birth also recognizes dual citizenship, then you may find yourself in the privileged position of holding two passports. If your home country does not permit dual citizenship, then you may want to take some time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of travel documents issued by both Canada and your home country.

Canadian Citizens Never Have to Worry About Losing Status

Unlike Permanent Residents, who must comply with certain residency requirements, Canadians citizens can spend as much time as they like outside of Canada with no immigration consequences. In addition, Canadian Citizens will not ordinarily lose citizenship if convicted of a crime, while Permanent Residents will face deportation if the crime is considered serious enough to merit this consequence.

Canadian Citizens Don’t Need to Renew their Immigration Documentation

Permanent Resident Cards are valid for only five years. The Cards are required for international travel and may be requested as proof of Permanent Resident status by employers or other government agencies. Therefore, Permanent Residents are in the unenviable position of needing to file a new application for a Permanent Resident Card, and pay a new fee, every five years. Citizens have no similar obligation. A Citizenship Certificate is valid indefinitely. And Canadian citizens who wish to travel internationally need only renew their passports every ten years.