Pricing and Fees

Thank you for enquiring about our legal fees. Based on our investigation, we are the only immigration law firm in Manitoba to publish our fees online. We do this to make sure that we are fully transparent, open and fair with clients. To get started, call our office and book an appointment.


Q: How much do we need to start?

A: We require a deposit to open a file which is deposited into our Trust Account, monitored by the Law Society. Our focus is on helping people and families, not on fees. Once we have a signed contract and deposit, we can open a file.

Q: Do you offer payment plans?

A: Yes, we accept all reasonable payment plans. Many clients make monthly payments.

Q: What if I miss a payment?

A: Please contact our office if you have an emergency or a life event where you are not able to make a payment on time.

Q: Do you do applications for free?

A: Yes, we provide pro bono (free) legal services through the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program. We also give free public presentations through the Community Legal Education Association and lectures at various post-secondary institutions including BCIT, the University of Winnipeg, Global College, and the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law. Every year, we do significant work pro bono to support the communities.

Q: Will you charge me for every step?

A: No, there are many steps where we do not charge our clients. For example, we regularly do Access to Information requests for free. You are only required to pay the $5.00 government fee. Our contracts clearly outline all our services and fees.

Q: Can I switch lawyers?

A: Yes, the Rules of the Law Society allow you to switch representatives. In some cases, we advise filing a complaint against the former representative if misconduct has negatively affected our clients. Unfortunately, many clients are the victims of poor counsel.

Q: Do you charge block (fixed) fees?

A: Yes, most of our Agreements are based on block fees (see rates below); however, we also offer Agreements based on our hourly rate of $350 which is popular with clients who are familiar with billable hours. We are flexible based on our clients’ needs.

Q: Are your fees listed per person/ applicant?

A: Our fees are per application, not per person. For PR applications, for example, we charge one (1) fee for the whole application, no matter how many people are included. You will be subject to government fees.

Q: Do I have to pay Goods and Sales Tax?

A: Canadian residents are charged GST, per Canada Revenue Agency Rules. Residents outside Canada are not charged the tax.

Q: If I pay your fees, can you guarantee a successful result?

A: We cannot guarantee positive results. Guarantees are a violation of Law Society Rules. Fees pay for our services and all the work that goes into the file. A consultant or agent who “promises” a good result or “guarantees” a positive decision is likely running a scam.

Q: What is the best way to reach you?

A: Please send an email to and someone will reply within 24 hours. You can reach us through Instagram, Facebook, phone, Skype or in-person. Our contact information is published online.

Q: Can you help me bring my family to Canada?

A: We have more than 25 years of combined experience helping clients navigate the Canadian system. We have helped to bring relatives and friends from more than 50 countries around the world.

Q. My brother lives outside Canada. Can you help me “sponsor” him?

A: Technically, “sponsorship” applications allow siblings to come to Canada under special circumstances, which are quite rare.  CIL has assisted Sponsors in Canada to bring their siblings. Please book a consultation to discuss your circumstances.

Q. Do you have offices overseas?

A. Our team works in Winnipeg and we have served clients from many countries, including China, Nigeria, Brazil, India, Pakistan, UAE, USA, Mexico, St Lucia, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominica, Belize, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Niger, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, DR Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Iran, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Moldova, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, China, South Korea, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Australia, Japan, Kyrgystand, and Ukraine.

Q: Can you help us with family law issues or help us draft a will?

A: We are a full-service immigration law firm only. For family law, other legal services, or services outside our area of expertise, we provide referrals to our trusted Referral Partners.

NOTE: Fees below are current as of JANUARY 2023.

Here is a list of some of our services:

ServicesBlock Fees
Legal Consultation – Details $200 + 5% GST (25 minutes) | $350 + 5% GST (50 minutes)

Temporary Residence Applications

ServicesBlock Fees
Visitor Visa (TRV) – Details starting at $2,300
Work Permit or Study Permit (SP) – Details starting at $2,300
Visitor (TRV), Work (WP) or Study Permit (SP) – Details starting at $2,300
Restoration$500 Click here for an example
Super Visa (for Parents and/or Grandparents) – Details starting at $3,500
Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) – Details Starting at $3,000 – Details

Permanent Residence Applications

ServicesBlock Fees
MPNP – Skilled Worker – Prepare Initial Application – Details starting at $2,800
MPNP Skilled Worker – Prepare Full Application – Details Fees vary depending on labour market
MPNP Business Investor Stream (BIS) – Contact us for detailsExploratory Visits start at $2,800 Details
Spousal Sponsorship – SCLPC Class – Details $5,500 – $8,000
Open Spousal Work (OSWP) PermitDetails starting at $2,300
Spousal Sponsorship – Regular stream – Details $6,000 – $8,000
Parental Sponsorship – Details starting at $6,500
Permanent Resident application (post PNP Certificate) – Details starting at $2,300
Prepare Reply to Fairness LetterFees vary
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications (H&C) – Details $5,000 – $8,000

Hearings and Appeals

ServicesBlock Fees
Refugee Applications and Hearings – Details Starting at $3,500 Click here for an example
Spousal Sponsorship Appeal – Details starting at $5,500 Click here for an example
Inadmissibility hearing – Details starting at $4,500
Tribunal appeal – Details $5,500 – $8,800
Detention Review hearing – Details $3,800
Federal Court (FC)Details Starting at $1,000 – Details

Other Matters

ServicesBlock Fees
Notarize Document – Details $75 per document
Attend Interview with IRCC/ CIC or CBSA Officer – Details $500
Permanent Residence Card Renewal – Details starting at $2,300
Residency Questionnaire – Details $2,800 – $4,800 – Details
Criminal Rehabilitation – Details $5,800 (may vary)
Medical Inadmissibility – Details $3,500 – $5,500 (may vary)
Section 44 Report Preparation and Interview – Details $5,800 (may vary)
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment – Details $2,300 (first stage)
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)starting at $4,000 – Details
Canadian Citizenship applicationstarting at $2,800

Agreements and Payments

To start a file, we draft an Agreement that lists the Services and Fees. In accordance with Law Society rules, you payments are immediately deposited into our pooled trust account. We do not get paid until the work is done. Once we received the initial payment, we can immediately begin work on the file.

Access to Information Requests

In most cases, we will include an Access to Information request (ATIP application) to the Privacy Commission (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) at no additional legal cost. This provides our office with, among other things, a copy of the Officer’s notes and we use it to identify potential issues.

Reviews & Results

Please note your fees are paid for professional services, not results. We work very hard to give you the best service for affordable costs. Read testimonials from our past clients about the results we get for our clients.

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Phone: 204.599.6966 (Call back within 1 business day)

Fax: 1.888.250.5385

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Skype: alastairclarke

    In my twelve (12) years working within immigration, Alastair is the most genuine and trustworthy lawyer that I have worked with. He truly cares about his clients. His demeanour and personality enable clients to develop trust and confidence in his abilities. He is extremely knowledgable in the immigration field and ensures that he achieves the best results for his clients.

    Charmaine M.Winnipeg, Canada

    My husband is coming to Canada! Thank you for helping is with the Spousal Sponsorship Appeal at the tribunal. I can’t wait to tell everyone who needs an immigration lawyer, that I found a great one! I will refer them to you. 100% percent sure! You did such a good job!

    Thank you very much! I’m so happy that we won!

    Joy & PrinceNigeria

    I have known Alastair Clarke as a personal friend and colleague for more than 15 years. Alastair has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to social justice and human rights throughout the time I have known him. He is a caring individual who always treats others with kindness, respect and dignity and he shows exemplary commitment to his clients and immigration practise.

    Kim H.Vancouver, Canada

    I had the pleasure of working with Alastair at Unison Health and Community Services for many years. As both his colleague and his supervisor, I found that Alastair consistently lent a high standard of expertise and professionalism to all of his cases. Furthermore, he was one of the most personable and compassionate people I have met. I would have no trouble in recommending him to any client who requires advice and/or representation in Immigration and Refugee Law.

    Vinay J.Toronto, Canada

    Alastair, your hard work is greatly appreciated. I’ve sent the payment via Paypal, fee included. I would make the wait and going through all the preparation all over again for the success we had on this case. Thank you, Alastair. I really will get my Christmas in Canada, and much more.
    [Alastair successfully obtained a Temporary Resident Permit after a minor criminal conviction.]

    James P.Los Lunes, New Mexico, USA

    Thank you for all your advice and helping me through the immigration maze to get a Temporary Resident Permit. You have helped me and my family achieve our goals. I am grateful for your persistence and expertise. I am so fortunate that we found you!

    Fernando S.Portugal

    Love from Dr. & Mrs. Patrick Onwuachi – Nigeria”]Thank you for getting a Study Permit for our daughter. My husband and I really appreciate a good job well done! You got everything right. My daughter can’t wait to get back to her studies. She’s quite excited. The sisters are also very excited to have her under their watch for a positive change in her life and studies.

    We know that this was a very tough case. Our previous immigration consultant made so many errors that led to 2 previous refusals from the Visa Office. And our daughter worked when she was not allowed. You worked so hard and gave us the perfect advice to fix things.

    Thank you so much!

    Dr. & Mrs. Patrick OnwuachiNigeria

    From the first day that I met Alastair, he was friendly and I explained my situation and the strategy for winning our Spousal Sponsorship Appeal. He told me that money is not the focus and he only wanted to know the issues. As a single mother, meeting someone who is not focused on money and instead focused on helping people, I am so thankful that I met Alastair. Hopefully we will stay in touch forever.

    I have met some immigrations lawyers but they are not very friendly and they didn’t look at me as a person. I have had many issues over the years and my situation is very complicated.

    Fatmata K.Sierra Leone

    Contact us for a consultation.