Legal Fees for Immigration to Canada

As of January 1, 2011, we charge flat rates fee for immigration matters.
With offices 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

Initial immigration consultation – $400.00 (the initial consult fee is deducted from our flat rates if we are hired in the matter. One consultation per person/matter)
Criminal inadmissibility consultation – $500.00 

Temporary Residence and Extension Applications*

  • Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): $4,500-$7,000
  • International Mobility Worker Unit opinion or IMP work permit: $3,500-$5,000
  • Border package (for work, study or business visitor permit): $3,000-$6,000
  • Special Cases Border package (i.e. significant benefit entrepreneur): $6,000
  • Visitor, work or study permits/extensions in Canada: $2,500-$4,500
  • Visa (visit, study, work): $3,500-$5,000
  • Super Visa (longer-term visitor status for parents/grandparents): $4,500 ($6,000 per couple)
  • Visa (inside Canada, for work or study permit-holders): $1,750 Note: As much as possible, we encourage clients to do their own temporary applications and extensions, if the situation is straightforward
  • Travel-related border packages, travel authorizations: $1,500-$4,500

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

Fees for Permanent Residence Applications

  • Family Class: $6,000-$7,500 (plus $1500 for open work permit as applicable)
  • Economic Class: Self-employed: $7,000- $15,000; Provincial Entrepreneur: $50,000 (multiple steps)
  • Skilled Worker or Experience: Express Entry and Provincial Nominees  $6,000-$10,000
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot:
    Employer Designation Application: $2,500
    Endorsement Application and PR: $7,000 (doesn’t include work permit process)
  • Expression of Interest/ Express Entry Profile:  $2,000

Fees for Citizenship and Renewal of Permanent Residence Card Applications

  • Canadian citizenship, Confirmation of Canadian Citizenship,
    renewal of Permanent Residence Cards: $4,000 – $6,000 (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: 
  • 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:  $8,500 (may vary)
  • Refugee Applications and Hearings: $6,500-$8,000 (may vary and we do some pro bono as there is no legal aid for refugee cases in Nova Scotia)
  • Temporary Residence Permit (TRP): $4,500-$6,500
  • Application for Criminal Rehabilitation: $4,500-$6,500 (may vary)
  • Procedural Fairness Submissions and Inadmissibility Matters (Research and Submission):  $4,500 (may vary)
  • CBSA/Section 44 Report Preparation and Interview:  $3,500
  • Minister’s Delegate’s Review Preparation and Interview: $3,500
  • Immigration Appeal Division Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): $3,500 (may vary)
  • Immigration and Refugee Board/IAD Hearing: $5,000 (may vary)
  • Federal Court Judicial Review:  $6,000-$15,000 (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.

Deposits and Payments

For permanent residence matters, generally we require a deposit of $4,000. For temporary residence and all other matters, we require the full amount of our fees as a deposit. This is not refundable due to the fact that we begin our work on the file as soon as the deposit 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 deposit amount. Invoices must be paid within two weeks. We accept payment by cheque, cash, wire transfer, online payment (we send a link with the invoice), Interac email transfer and credit card (PayPal)


Please note the amount we charge is for the process, not the result. Results can never be guaranteed by anyone (lawyer or immigration consultant).

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.