This article is an updated guide on Canadian immigration lawyer fees and the fee schedule, so, let us get to it.
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Do I Require a Lawyer to Enter Canada?
The answer to this question is no, when migrating to Canada, you do not necessarily need an immigration lawyer or consultant, it is left for you alone to decide to need one or not. Nevertheless, as a newbie to ‘immigration’, we strongly advise you to work with an immigration lawyer or consultant to enable you to seek and get advice in different immigration terms or be represented in a court.
Furthermore, never will it be said that you were preferred to others because you made use of an immigration lawyer or consultant. That is to say that having an immigration lawyer does not translate to successful immigration. It is the responsibility of an immigration lawyer is just there to assist you with the following:
- Immigration application
- To represent you to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Types of Immigration Lawyers
While some immigration lawyers or consultants are paid, others are not paid. The ones that are not paid can be either one of your friends or family members or even the same member of a religious organization like you while the paid immigration lawyer must be registered with the following organizations:
- ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council)
- Law Society of Ontario (LSO)
Please we would also like you to know that you have the liberty of changing your immigration consultant at any time, just make sure that you inform the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about such action, then you will be required to fill out this PDF form known as the Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) and send it across to the IRCC to be further processed.
All about Canada Immigration lawyer fees and fee schedule
Knowing your Canadian immigration lawyer fees is very important even before employing them to help with your immigration.
It may interest you to know that Canadian immigration lawyer fees differ for various consultants, but primarily on their level of experience in the industry. This means that you are most likely going to pay more for an immigration lawyer with working experience of about 15+ years than a rookie that just came out from law school.
However, we have some basic Canada immigration lawyer fees that can provide you with a quick summary of what you’ll be working with, and these Canada immigration lawyer fees depend on certain factors like time rate, consultations, and government fees.
We have listed below the average Canadian immigration lawyer fees and services, and they are as follow:
|Services||Canada Immigration Lawyer Fees|
|Consultation for 30 minutes||Between $75 – $300|
|Consultation for an hour||Between $150 – $350|
|To assist in filing forms||Between $250 – $2,000|
|TRV/SP assistance children||$500 for each child|
|Assistance with OWP for spouse applied with SP||$1,000|
|Assistance with Tourist VISA (TRV)||$3,000 + $500 for each dependent|
|Assistance with a tourist visa after being declined in the past||$3,500 + $500 for each dependent|
|Assistance with a study permit||$3,000|
|Assistance with study permit (after being declined in the past)||$3,500|
|Assistance with a work permit for spouse applied separately||$3,000|
|Assistance with citizenship application||$3,000|
|Assistance with a work permit for a spouse after being declined in the past||$3,500|
|Assistance with post-graduate work permit||$3,000|
|Assistance with a work permit for Labour Market Impact Assessment||$3,500|
|Intra-company transfer assistance for a work permit||$4,500|
|Kick-off intra-company transfer assistance needed for a work permit||$6,500|
|Offering assistance in writing a business plan for kicking off a new business in Canada||$2,000|
|Offering help with NAFTA/CETA work permit (POE)||$4,000|
|Offering help with NAFTA/CETA work permit at VISA office||$4,500|
|Assistance with a business or investor Provincial Nominee Program||$30,000|
|Assistance with self-employment PR||$12,500|
|Assistance with work permit including caregiver PR||$12,500 + $1,000 for each dependent|
|Offering assistance with the renewal of PR card||$3,000|
|Offering assistance with the renewal of PR card and H&C on not meeting residency days||$7,500|
|Assistance with Labour Market Impact Assessment||$7,500|
|Assistance with deferral request to CBSA||$3,500|
|Offering help with super VISA application for one or two parents||Between $3,500 – $4,500|
|Offering help with super VISA application for one or two parents after being declined||The aforementioned fee +$500 for each dependent|
|Offering help with parental sponsorship for either one or two parents||Between $6,000 – $7,000|
|Authorization to Return (ARC) assistance||$5,000|
|Assistance with Provincial Nominee Program||$5,000|
|Assistance with Express Entry VISA application request||$5,500 + $500 for each dependent|
|Offering help with spousal sponsorship||$6,500 + $500 for each dependent|
|Offering help with spousal sponsorship + OWP||$7,000 + $500 for each dependent|
|Assistance with spousal sponsorship + CSQ (Quebec)||$7,500 + $500 for each dependent|
|Assistance with permanent residency||Between $1,000 – $7,500|
|Assistance with spousal appeal at IAD||$11,000|
|Offering help with residency appeal at IAD||$11,000|
|Offering help with a federal court/judicial review||Between $6,500 – $9,500|
|Assistance with a reconsideration request||$3,000|
|Offering help with responding to procedural fairness letter||Between $4,000 – $6,500|
|Offering help with criminal rehabilitation||$4,500 + $500/ per extra offence|
|Offering help with PRTD||$3,000|
|Offering help with PRTD and H&C on not meeting residency days||$7,500|
|IRCC or USCIS fees||Between $400 – $800|
In conclusion, with this article, you now have an idea of the amount of money you may likely spend if you want to hire an immigration lawyer and from what you can see, the fee depends on your purpose(s) for hiring an immigration lawyer or consultant.