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The Government of Canada increased the inadmissibility fees


Canadian immigration policies and fee structures are subject to continual evolution, reflecting economic trends and governmental decisions. Recently, a significant development occurred concerning inadmissibility fees for foreign nationals within Canada. Effective from December 1, 2023, these fees have undergone adjustments due to inflation, as per the Service Fees Act (SFA) enacted in 2017. This blog post delves into the specifics of these changes, their implications, and how they integrate within the broader scope of Canadian immigration law.

Understanding Inadmissibility in Canadian Immigration

Inadmissibility, a term frequently encountered in Canadian immigration contexts, refers to circumstances under which individuals are barred from entering or remaining in Canada. These reasons range from security concerns to medical or criminal grounds. Typically, individuals deemed inadmissible are not permitted entry unless granted a temporary resident permit, which is subject to a processing fee and does not guarantee entry.

The Service Fees Act: A Cornerstone in Fee Adjustment

The Service Fees Act, implemented in 2017, underpins the recent adjustments. This act mandates annual inflation-based fee adjustments, ensuring government service fees remain aligned with the cost of service delivery. The fee adjustment is calculated based on the change in the Consumer Price Index for Canada over 12 months, as published by Statistics Canada.

Specifics of the Fee Adjustments

As of December 1, 2023, the inadmissibility fees have been adjusted as follows:

  • Authorization to return to Canada: Increased from $400.00 to $459.55

  • Rehabilitation for criminality: From $200.00 to $229.77

  • Rehabilitation for serious criminality: From $1,000.00 to $1,148.87

  • Restoration of visitor, worker, or student status: $229.77

  • Restoration of worker status with a new work permit: $384.77

  • Restoration of student status with a new study permit: $379.77

  • Temporary resident permit: $229.77

These adjustments reflect the inflation rate since April 2018 and will be revisited annually every December.

Implications for Applicants and IRCC's Commitment to Service Standards

The fee increase might present additional financial considerations for applicants. However, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has instituted a policy of issuing partial refunds, known as remissions, where service standards are not met, for applications received on or after December 1, 2023. This policy aims to uphold the accountability of service delivery, ensuring applicants receive value commensurate with the fees paid.

Navigating the Changes with Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services

At Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services, we are committed to guiding you through these changes with our expert knowledge and personalized consulting services. Understanding these adjustments and their implications is crucial for prospective applicants, and we're here to ensure you're well-informed and prepared.



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