Refund when withdrawing PR application

| 17/06/2016

If you wish to withdraw your PR application (cause it is taking too long to hear back) will the fees be refunded back to you? As it only mentioned that the fees will be refunded if the application is not approved, but no mention of withdrawing. Please advise.

Auntie’s answer: The situation is the same whether you withdraw the application or your bid for permanent residency is denied. As explained to me by an immigration official, in either case, you will not get back the $1,000 filing fee. The charges are set out under the Immigration Regulations (2015 Revision).

All of the other fees associated with the granting of permanent residence – for dependants, the issuing of the grant itself and annual fees (which are akin to work-permit fees) – have to be paid up front when you apply, but those will be refunded if your application is unsuccessful or withdrawn.

I am sure everyone interested in attaining PR longs for the procedures in place under the pre-26 October 2013 regulations, where the non-refundable filing fee was only $300 and the rest of the costs were only levied if your application was successful.

As everyone who has applied under the new system is painfully aware, the related costs can add up to a very daunting amount, with the issue fee — payable with the application — if you are granted PR ranging from $500 to $12,500, depending on your annual salary.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Those many PR application households should form a class action and sue the CIG and Immigration Board for violating their Article 8 human right to a legal migration path to citizenship. This government, is not well-advised on legal matters and in particular, those matters pertaining to Human Rights.