Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Refunds For Skilled Worker Applications

Earlier this year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada was overwhelmed with a significant backlog of Federal Skilled Worker Applications and decided to get rid of this backlog by essentially deleting those that had been filed before 2008. These applications were taking years to process.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada also mentioned at the time that they would be refunding the application fees to these applicants, which was also in the federal budget.

Now, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that they will be proceeding with these refunds for the over 100,000 applicants and their spouses and dependents where applicable.

Are you eligible for a refund for the Skilled Worker Program Application Cancellations?

If you think you may be eligible, you are asked to submit the Return of Processing Fee, Right of Permanent Residence Fee or Right of Landing Fee Form (IMM 5741).

Even if you are not sure, you should still fill out the above form and if you are eligible you will be sent your new form.

Please keep in mind that if your application was denied before June 29, 2012 your fee will not be refunded, and you are not allowed to ask that your original fee be put towards a new application.

Do you need help with your application form? Was your Skilled Worker Application cancelled, and you want to consider other ways of becoming a permanent resident in Canada? Contact our immigration law firm today and we can help you.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

Tags: Application Fees Immigration Waiting List Processing Times Skilled Worker Applications

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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