Canada visa fee changes

Canadian logo_nThe Government of Canada is set to introduce changes to its temporary visitor visas as of February 6th 2014. The announcement was made by Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the department responsible for citizenship and immigration processing in Canada.  In his statement the Minister explained  that the new changes were designed to appeal to “ the needs of international travellers who are looking for flexible, fast and convenient options to come to Canada” .

Key changes will be the harmonizing of the single- and multiple-entry visa fees, under the temporary resident visa (TRV). Under the new scheme, applicants of the TRV will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, which allows qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for 6 months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time. The processing fee for visitors applying for stay under the (TRV) will be reduced from CAD $150 to CAD $100. 

Alternatively, visitors applying for study permits will incur a CAD $25 fee increase to make the new application fee CAD $125. While visitors applying for work permits will incur a CAD $5 fee increase, the new application fee being CAD$ 155.  The fee increases come after a 20 year freeze on visa fees and is designed to relieve some of the burden placed on Canadian tax-payers by more accurately reflecting the real cost of processing applications. Currently, Canada welcomes more than 35 million visitors to its shores each year and continues to offer the most competitively priced temporary entry visitor visas when compared to the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Applicants from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean are advised that all visa and immigration applications are processed at the High Commission of Canada in Trinidad only. All fees are payable in Canadian Dollars and are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of your application.

For further information, please consult “Visas and Immigration” at

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  1. help
    February 9, 2014

    Those who have sold our passports to ‘who so ever will’, have their back up plans. When they are not in Government anymore, they have their green cards or visas ready. The innocent is paying for the guilty. This is a very selfish mentality. But don’t worry, there is a God above and wherever they go it is going to hunt them. Selfishness, and Greed are two deadly combinations.

    February 6, 2014

    I dont need a visa to travel to canada.

  3. BEB
    February 6, 2014

    This is an eye opener now. In 2007 I wanted to visit a friend in Canada. I had to travel to Trinidad twice before I could obtain the visa to travel to Canada. With the US visa, one might get a ten years visa but with the Canadian visa u would only get a one or two year visa and would pay for them, with the 2 year visa being more expensive and still given time, about 6 months to stay in the country.Now with the change,I do think it will serve its purpose.

  4. question
    February 6, 2014

    are persons required to go to trinidad to obtain this visa or do they just send all information and money there?

  5. lon
    February 6, 2014

    they need to remove that visa thing on we dominicans

    • Anonymous
      February 6, 2014

      Why should the Canadians remove visa requirements on Dominicans?

      After repeatedly warning the government of Dominica about its visa sale to all and sundry, our government chose to do as they pleased. So in return the Canadians did as they pleased. Now you as asking that they remove the visa requirements?

      That is never going to happen.

      • Simply the Truth
        February 6, 2014

        It is the Federal government; not Canadians in general.

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      • Anonymous
        February 7, 2014

        was it sale of Dominica visa,s or sale of Dominica passports? so lOng i wanted to viisit Canada and this visa saga was keeping me back. God is good. i hope the Gov new or old would find a wAY TO CONVINCE THEM TO REMOVE IT FOR THE SAKE OF THE INNOCENTS.

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    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 6, 2014

      Yes, you want them to omit it from Dominicans, because you think we a special.

      The fact is you are the typical Dominican, always want something nothing, it must always come free! That is why we cannot gain any respect from anybody with whom we cross path.

      Why must it always be free for you people while it is costing the tax payers of Canada? People as well as nations does not respect people , people and nations which like to crawl on their belly scrunching for favors.and want everything free.

      There are no free lunches in the world these days!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Simply the Truth
        February 6, 2014

        The cost of obtaining a Canadian passport is over $100. It was increased. Just a few years ago it cost approximately $70.00. The Federal government should also look into decreasing this cost for Canadians. We get nothing here except increased costs.

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  6. Chakademus
    February 6, 2014

    Yes, thanks to the misguided policies of ALL our governments, starting from miss Charles, Dominicans now need visa to enter Canada. We used to be able to come and go freely, but we were so short sighted that we started selling our passports and now doors are closing to us.


    • Anonymous
      February 6, 2014

      It’s not closed, you just need to qualify for a visa.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 6, 2014

      There are other reasons why Dominicans and other countries need a visa. Some people took advantage of the generosity which was extended to them some years ago. The extension no doubt also has something to do with 9/11. The innocent always pays for the guilty.

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