Minors will now pay less for Canadian citizenship

(Source: IRCC)

Minors (under the age of 18) applying to the Citizenship Act under subsection 5(1) will be paying much lower application fees now than before.

Citizenship application forms 5(1) are for minors that are applying without a Canadian parent or without a parent who is also applying for citizenship at the same time. Previously, the fee for this application was $530 and has been lowered in February 2016 to $100 – the same fee that minors applying under subsection 5(2) already pay.

“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. We are pleased that these fee changes will further facilitate access to citizenship for minors and reduce the financial burden for potentially vulnerable children,” says Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

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. IRCC will contact these applicants directly to outline the process for receiving a refund.

For more information on minors applying for citizenship, see this infographic from IRCC.

This change falls in suit with the royal assent of Bill C-6 on June 19, 2017 which brought into force a legislative amendment that removed the requirement to be 18 years old to apply for the grant of citizenship under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act. This made it easier for minors to apply for citizenship on their own behalf.