Fees

As of January 1, 2011, our policy is to charge a flat rate fee for most immigration matters we decide to take on.
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, our immigration lawyers provide a full range of legal services regarding immigration to Canada.  The legal fees listed below are for immigration applications only and do not include the necessary Citizenship and Immigration Canada application fees , taxes or disbursements (courier costs, photocopies, etc). Please note that our fees are subject to change without notice.

Immigration Consultation

1 hour immigration consultation  – $300.00 (deducted from our flat rates if we are retained in the matter)

Temporary Residence and Extension Applications*

  • Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) $2,500-$5,000
  • International Mobility Worker Unit opinion or IMP work permit $2,500 (may vary)
  • Border package (for work, study or business visitor permit) $1,750 
  • Visitor, work or study permit extension in Canada $1,750
  • Visa (visit, study, work) $2,500
  • Visa (inside Canada, for work or study permit-holders) $1,500

*Corporate rates available for bulk and repeat matters. Contact us for more information

Fees for Permanent Residence Applications

  • Family Class: $6,000
  • Business Class: Self-employed or Provincial business category: $7,000- $15,000
  • Investor Class: Federal or provincial: $8,500 (unless we are paid by the financial institution, in which case no fee is charged to the client, and any retainer paid by the client will be refunded. Full disclosure is provided to client)
  • Skilled Worker: Express Entry and Provincial Nominees  $5,000-$6,000
  • Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Stream: $7,000
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot:
    Employer Designation Application: $1,500
    Endorsement Application and PR: $6,000 (doesn’t include work permit process)
  • Expression of Interest/ Express Entry Profile:  $1,500
  • Assistance with recruitment or advertising:  $1,500

Fees for Citizenship and Renewal of Permanent Residence Card Applications

  • Canadian citizenship, Confirmation of Canadian Citizenship,
    renewal of Permanent Residence Cards $2,500 (we encourage clients to do these themselves as they are straightforward for those who qualify)
  • Special Cases for those whose applications are not straightforward due to absences from Canada or
    other circumstances 
    varies
  • Residence Questionnaire for citizenship or permanent residence card renewal applications – depends on complexity, generally  $2,500+

Fees for Other Types of Immigration Matters

  • Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications in Canada only – $6,000 (may vary)
  • Refugee Applications and Hearings $5,500 (may vary and we do some pro bono as there is no legal aid for refugee cases in Nova Scotia)
  • Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) $3,500-$4,500
  • Application for Criminal Rehabilitation $3,500 (may vary)
    Medical Inadmissibility (Research and Submission)  $3,500 (may vary)
    Section 44 Report Preparation and Interview  $2,500
    Minister’s Delegate’s Review Preparation and Interview $2,500
  • Immigration Appeal Division Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) $2,500 (may vary)
  • Immigration and Refugee Board/IAD Hearing $4,500 (may vary)
  • Federal Court Judicial Review  – $6,000 (varies according to type of matter and number of steps)

Note: these are often more complex and fees may vary. Before agreeing to be retained, we will provide an estimate of the costs.

Retainers and Payments

For permanent residence matters, generally we require a retainer of $4,000. For temporary residence and all other matters, we require the full amount of our fees as a retainer. This is held in our solicitor’s trust account and is not refundable due to the fact that we immediately begin our work on the file as soon as the retainer is received. Once the application is prepared, the client is billed for the full amount (legal fees, application fees, taxes and disbursements) less the original retainer amount. Invoices must be paid within two weeks. We accept payment by cheque, cash, wire transfer, Interac email transfer and credit card (PayPal).

Results

Please note the amount we charge is for the process, not the result. Results can never be guaranteed by anyone (lawyer or immigration consultant). For more information about the results we set out to achieve for our clients, please see our Testimonials page.

Other Resources

Information about application fees (charged by Citizenship and Immigration Canada) for immigration matters
More information about fees charged by lawyers from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.