Canada lowers citizenship fees for minors

The Canadian government has reduced the fees for all under 18s applying to become Canadian citizens.

Previously, minors who had at least one Canadian parent had been eligible for cheaper processing than those with two immigrant parents. However, changes to the fee schedule set out in the latest Citizenship Regulations Act has lowered the processing fees for all minors from CDN$530 to CDN$100.

What’s more, anyone who has already paid the CDN$530 fee for a minor applying to become a citizen on or after 19th June 2017, will be reimbursed the difference of CDN$430. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will contact these applicants directly to outline the process for receiving a refund.

“We encourage all immigrants, including those under 18 years of age, to take the path to Canadian citizenship and benefit from permanently belonging in Canadian society,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “We are pleased that these fee changes will further facilitate access to citizenship for minors and reduce the financial burden for potentially vulnerable children.”

Article published 21st February 2018