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Canada Work Visa Cost for Nigerians

As a Nigerian applying for a Canada Work visa, there are certain fees you must pay for the visa to be processed successfully.

For more information about the Canada Work visa cost, including details about eligibility and how to apply and the documents you need to submit, contact our Lagos office at +23413438882. You can also contact us on +44 (0) 331630092 or message us online.

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Overview of the Visa Fees for Canada

Canada visa fees encompass all the payments you must make while applying for your Canadian work visa. You must pay these fees no matter the kind of work visa you are applying for.

Proof of payment of these fees must accompany your application, or your application will be denied.

Work Permit Costs

The cost of a Canada work visa for a single person is $155.

If you are applying as a group, you need to pay $465.

If your work permit is an open work permit, you will have to pay $100.

For work visa renewals, you will pay $355. $155 is payment for your new work visa, while $200 is for restoration of status.

If you intend to travel to Canada with your family (common-law partner, spouse or conjugal partner and dependents) on a work visa, you must also apply for visas for them at a cost.

Any of your family members coming with you and above 22 can choose to work or study. If they will work, then you will pay the same visa fees for them.

Family members who don’t want to work or are below 22 can apply for study or visitor visas. The fees are $150 and $100, respectively.
You must pay these fees as they apply and add evidence of payment when applying online for your work permit.

Biometric Fees

Nigerians are required to submit their biometrics when applying for a Canada work visa. This is the fee collected by the visa application centre to process your fingerprint collection and digital photo production.

  • If you are applying for yourself alone, you pay $85 for this service.
  • If you are applying for you and your family, you pay $170.
  • If you are applying as a group of artists, you pay $255.
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Costs of Obtaining an LMIA

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is an application your Canadian employer must make on your behalf. This application is made to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Here the employer asks the ESDC to assess the Canadian labour market to know if there are Canadians who can do the job you are meant to do.

If the ESDC finds that there are Canadians who can do the job, they will issue a negative LMIA which generally means that you cannot be hired. If they cannot find any Canadian to do the job satisfactorily, they will give a positive LMIA, indicating that you can be employed. This service costs $1,000 for each employee.

Employer Compliance Fee

If your employer hires you as a temporary worker via the International Mobility program, your employer will also need to pay a fee on your behalf. This fee is called the employer compliance fee. It costs $230 per person and $690 if you are hired as part of a group.

If you want to work in Canada, speak to us about securing a work visa.

Medical Examination Fee

Nigerians coming to Canada through the temporary worker route must undergo medical checks to ensure their admission into Canada. The amount you have to pay for the medical exam depends on the physician you are using.

However, most people pay between $150 to $280 as medical fees. This is the fee for one person. You must pay this fee for all your family members travelling with you.

Police Character Certificate

You must also pay to get your police character certificate, as you need it to apply for your work visa. You can get this at the Criminal and Investigation Department of any state police headquarters in Nigeria. The cost of obtaining this certificate is currently N40,000.

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Payment Methods and Options

There are many ways to pay your fees when applying for a Canada work visa.

  • You can create an account with the IRCC and pay and make an application online with your debit card.
  • You can pay online and make an application manually. To do this, you have to pay online, print the receipt and attach it to your application.
  • You can also pay at the Abuja or Lagos visa application centre.

Our immigration lawyers are ready to help with your immigration case, including getting you a work permit.

How Can IAS Help?

IAS has expert immigration and employment lawyers that can guide you in making your Canada work visa application. Whether you are an employer or employee, we can help you make sense of the rigorous process of applying for a work visa.

We can also help you estimate how much it will cost to make this application, including details on the application process and eligibility.

We have helped many Nigerians with their work visa applications, and we can do the same for you.

Our office in Lagos is full of qualified lawyers who can help you during the application process. For more information about our services and how we can help, you reach out to a team member online. You can also call us at +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 today.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of a Canadian work visa, as set by the IRCC, is the same for all countries. Due to the difference in the exchange rate, the amount you need to pay may look like it varies from the ones paid by other nationals. But the value in Canadian dollars is the same.

If your application was refused, you would only get a refund if you applied for the open work permit fee. When you withdraw your application, you will not get a full refund if the IRCC has already started processing your application. You will get your full refund if your application was returned due to incomplete documentation.

You can use your Naira card to pay the Canada work visa application fee.

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