Canada slashes minors’ processing fee for citizenship
After the Canadian government removed the legal barrier for minor immigrants under the age of 18 applying for citizenship on their own on June 19, 2017, the Government has announced a cut on the processing fee for minors. Now, a minor immigrant applying under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act needs to pay only $100, a cut from the previous hefty fee of $530. The new move is expected to see more minor immigrants applying for citizenship without their parents.
The amendment ensures that there is no difference in the fee paid by citizenship grant applicants who are minors, regardless of whether they have a Canadian parent, are applying with a permanent resident parent or are applying on their own behalf.
Anyone who already paid the $530 fee for a minor applying under this subsection on or after June 19, 2017, will be reimbursed the difference of $430. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will contact these applicants directly to outline the process for receiving a refund.
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