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Paying the Right of Permanent Residence Fee is the final step towards getting permanent residency for applicants. Many applicants are unaware of the importance and requirements of this fee and make the mistake of not paying this fee along with the application fee.
This article will highlight all you need to know about the Right of Permanent Residence Fees RPRF and inform you about what happens after paying the fee.
What is the Right of Permanent Residence Fee?
The Right of Permanent Residence Fee is paid by applicants for permanent residency when their application gets approved. Permanent residency status is not approved until the RPRF is paid.
After your permanent residency is approved, you gain the right to health care coverage and most of the other social benefits available. Permanent residents can work, live and study anywhere in Canada, and they can also apply for citizenship.
You have the option to pay the RPRF at the same time as application fees to reduce delays during processing. If you do not pay the RPRF with the fees, the authorities will later contact you with information on how to pay.
Keep note that the application for permanent residency processing fee is different for RPRF, and you are required to pay RPRF only after your permanent residency has been approved.
How Much is the RPRF Fee?
The RPRF fee depends on your country of origin. However, the fee is around $500 in most countries. Successful applicants are encouraged to pay the RPRF at the same time as their application fees so that unnecessary processing delays can be avoided.
If, for any reason, you withdraw your application or your application was refused by the authorities, then your fee will be refunded to you.
Canadian permanent residents who will travel to Canada from their home countries require a Permanent Resident Card or an Immigration Record of Landing to enter the country.
The application fee for a PR card is $50, and if lost or damaged, it can be replaced by paying the same amount.
Who Needs to Pay the RPRF Fee?
All applicants for permanent residency are required to pay RPRF. However, only the following people are exempt from paying:
- Dependent children of principal applicant or sponsor
- Sponsorship application for adopted children
- An orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew, or grandchild
- Protected persons, asylum seekers, and refugees
When Do I Need to Pay the RPRF Fee?
The Canadian Government advises applicants to pay the RPRF before Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues the permanent residency visa or before the applicant becomes a permanent resident.
If applicants cannot pay on time, then the IRCC will provide instructions on how to pay. Keep in mind your permanent residency status will not be activated until the fee has been successfully paid.
Can I Take Out a Loan to Pay the RPRF?
Yes, you can. Permanent residency applicants can seek a Right of Permanent Residency Loan to pay the RPRF.
The principal applicant can apply for this loan for themselves and their family. Canadian citizens can also apply for this loan on behalf an applicant.
You will require two forms to apply for the loan, the Right of Permanent Residence Loan, Transportation Loan, Admissibility Loan form (IMM 0500), and Terms and Conditions of Loan form (IMM 0502)
Although an approved RPRF loan application does not have an expiry date, you are required to submit your permanent residency applications within 180 days of the loan approval date.
However, if for some reason you are unable to do so within 180 days, you will still be able to apply but only at the discretion of the Canadian immigration officer that will be overseeing your case. The officer may also process your application without reevaluating your finances
How Do I Pay the RPRF?
The RPRF can be paid online, and the application must be made on paper. It is best to pay the RPRF as soon as you apply to speed up the processing. If the fee is not paid upfront, then the fee must be paid before the permanent resident documents are issued to you.
To pay the fees online, you will need:
- A PDF reader
- A printer
- A credit/debit card
- 유효한 이메일 주소
You must print a copy of your receipt and include it with your paper application.
Before you pay, though, there are a few things to note. You must keep a copy of your fee receipt as a record. This is in case you pay the wrong fee or use an unsuitable method to pay. If that’s the case, then the application will be returned to you. Once the processing has begun, there can be no refunds.
You will have to pay for any costs incurred for returning your application, overpayments, or any unrelated documents that you may have sent along with your application.
Always follow the instruction provided on the payment request sent to you, and don’t forget to send proof of payment with a copy of the original payment request to the office that had asked you to pay it. Electronic copies are also accepted. You can also apply from outside Canada, but the fees may differ.
What Happens after Paying RPRF?
After paying the RPRF, you will officially receive permanent residency status. The next step is to apply for a PR Card. You will require a PR card to enter Canada.
It takes 45 days for most Canadian embassies to process new PR cards once you have fulfilled all requirements for residency. Some applicants may face delays lasting months. Applicants who need to renew their PR Card will wait around 100 days.
Canadian permanent residents are required to carry their PR cards with them when travelling to Canada. They must present the card to representatives before boarding flights or any other mode of transport.
Once you have received your PR card, you can freely enter and exit the country.
To Wrap It Up
The Right of Permanent Residency Fee lets you officially become a resident of Canada once paid. It must be paid after or during the application for permanent residency. After the authorities have received payment and have issued your permanent residency documentation, you will be required to get a PR card to enter or exit Canada.
Paying the RPRF and getting your PR card is the final step for most applicants. However, it is only the first step toward applying for citizenship.