Fees reduced for minors applying for citizenship without a parent

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The fee for citizenship applications for minors applying without a parent (under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act) has been reduced by the Government of Canada from $530 to $100. This follows a legislative amendment that removed the requirement to be 18 years old to apply for citizenship as of last June. It also brings the fee into line with the processing fees for minors applying with a parent (under subsection 5(2) of the Citizenship Act).

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

Anyone who already paid the $530 fee for a minor applying under subsection 5(1) on or after June 19, 2017, will be reimbursed the difference of $430. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will contact these applicants directly to outline the process for receiving a refund.

Minors who do not have a Canadian parent, or a permanent resident parent applying for citizenship at the same time as them, can apply for citizenship under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act, and this reduction in citizenship fees will help more minors, including immigrant children in the child welfare system or in the care of the state, acquire Canadian citizenship.

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