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New fees to be paid by employers and open work permit applicants are being introduced on February 21, 2015. There is also a new process that employers must follow when hiring Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt foreign workers.

Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

New applications: Processing fees must be paid when the application is submitted.   Fees must be paid via bankdraft or certified cheque, the one exception being applications made via the VAC (TRV, Study Permit, Work Permit, PRTD) where bank draft / certified cheque as well as cash payments are accepted.  

Refer to the fee schedule for current rates and bank draft details.  ** Just before paying, check this webpage again for the latest information.

Current applications: If you are paying additional fees for an application currently being processed in Sri Lanka, the bank draft must be attached to the letter from our Visa Section requesting the payment.

Economic Class applications:

All applicants in the economic classes must submit their initial application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Canada. For more information on how to pay, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.

Family class applications: All applications for sponsored family class members must be submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Canada. For more information on how to pay and where to submit your application,see our CIC website.

Bank Drafts and Certified Cheques:

  • If you are paying in Canadian dollars, the bank draft or certified cheque should be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.
  • If you are paying in Sri Lankan Rupees, the bank draft or certified cheque should be made payable to the High Commission of Canada.
  • Print your name on the back of your bank draft or certified cheque
  • Your payment must accompany your application.
  • Please ensure that the bank does not forward your bank draft or certified cheque to this office.
  • If your application is received at this office without the correct processing fee, your application will be returned to you without processing.

Other instructions:

  • A receipt will be issued for each payment received.  Please keep the receipt as proof of payment.
  • Processing fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the application.
  • Payment by certified cheque or bank draft can either be sent by mail or courier or can be submitted in person at the Canadian High Commission.
  • We do not accept cash, credit cards or personal cheques.

Important: : Bank drafts and certified cheques have a limited validity. Ensure that your bank draft or certified cheque is not older than four months when it reaches our office.

Fee schedule

Fees are subject to change without notice, particularly the fees in Sri Lankan Rupees. Revisit this webpage just before paying for the up-to-date information.

Temporary Residence Applications
as of February 16, 2015
Individual - Multiple Entry10010,500
Individual - single entry10010,500
Family Rate - maximum50052,500
Study Permit (fee includes temporary resident visa, if required)15015,750
Work Permit (fee includes temporary resident visa, if required)15516,275
Work permit - Group of 3 or more Performing Artists46548,825
Transit Visa (for less than 48 hours in Canada)freefree
Biometric Fee (If Required)*

*Note: If you need to give your biometrics, the $85 CAD biometric fee covers the VAC service charge. Additional VAC services are not covered.

Permanent Resident Applications
Processing Fees and Right of Permanent Residence Fee

Consult for details on applications and fees.

Other Applications
Travel Document for Permanent Residents$505,250
Temporary Resident Permit$20021000
Authorization to Return to Canada$40042,000
Rehabilitation for:
Serious Criminality$1000105,000

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)

Applicants for permanent residence can pay the Right of Permanent Residence Fee ($490) at the time they submit their application or at a later date when requested. The processing fee is still required when submitting an application.

For family class applications, the RPRF must be paid in Canada by your sponsor. For more information, see our Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.

The following applicants are not required to pay the RPRF:

  • dependent children of a principal applicant or sponsor, a child to be adopted, or an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild;
  • protected persons, including Convention refugees.


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