Are You Sponsoring Immigrate to Canada as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident? In order to successfully sponsor immigrate your parents or grandparents into Canada, certain requirements must be fulfilled. Submit both an Interest to Sponsor form and a Permanent Residence application form.
Your sponsorship obligation must also include signing an undertaking (and, in Quebec, an additional undertaking) committing you to supporting sponsored family members for 20 years.
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The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents and bring them permanently into Canada as permanent residents. Sponsors commit financially supporting their sponsored family member in exchange for permission for up to 10 years’ stay in the country.
Prospective sponsors typically add themselves to the PGP pool by submitting an Interest to Sponsor form and waiting for an invitation from IRCC, but due to an overwhelming backlog of applications since 2020, new applications for sponsorship have not been accepted into this program.
As part of its efforts to streamline processing times, IRCC is exploring options to streamline its procedures. These may include permitting sponsors to sponsor parents or grandparents under a Super Visa and applying for multiple sponsorships for one person at the same time.
Both options present their own set of benefits and drawbacks, with Super Visa being particularly restrictive as sponsors aren’t permitted to work during their application. This could present issues for families that prefer having parents or grandparents living close by.
The PGP allows sponsors to work while their parents or grandparents remain in the country, but in order to qualify under it they must show they possess sufficient financial resources for such sponsorship.
The Super Visa
If you need assistance getting your parents or grandparents into Canada permanently, one option could be sponsoring them for a Super Visa. This alternative to the PGP provides temporary visitor visas that can be renewed multiple times up to five years. Available both to Canadian citizens and permanent residents alike. However, proof must be provided of enough income in order to support any applicant(s), possibly with assistance from co-signers to meet required amounts. You must also show evidence of private health insurance that meets minimum requirements set out for Visa holders.
Starting today, IRCC has made changes to make their program more accessible. You may now take advantage of longer stay options available if your application was approved prior to July 4, assuming you enter after this date.
Once again, sponsorship applications must still be submitted through the lottery system and invited. This process will remain until 2022 when it will be replaced by an inclusive new system which gives all eligible sponsors an equal chance at bringing their parents or grandparents permanently into Canada. It will be based on Canada’s immigration levels plan and invite people from across Canada — not just those who submitted an expression of interest to sponsor.
The MNI Threshold
Sponsors of parents or grandparents must meet the Minimum Net Income (MNI) threshold by providing proof that their income provides basic food, shelter, clothing and transport needs of all their dependent family members entering Canada. IRCC uses Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) as their basis for these minimum requirements.
Sponsor and co-signers must present notices of assessment from Canada Revenue Agency covering three years prior to their sponsorship application. Income in these documents will be assessed against their LICO of that year.
If the sponsor acquired permanent resident status during any portion of these three years, their LICO for those years should be included in their MNI assessment. Furthermore, if their dependent child was born after filing their application date then its LICO must also be used as part of their MNI calculation.
This evaluation takes place annually to reflect any changes in family size that have taken place over the three-year period prior to a sponsor’s application, such as births, marriages or deaths; or decreases due to divorce, separation or end of common-law relationships.
Sponsors residing in Quebec are subject to different minimum income requirements set forth by the Ministry of Immigration, Francesiation et Ile-du-Prince-Edouard (MIFI). You can obtain more information regarding these rules as well as evaluation criteria on MIFI’s website.
Once their sponsorship applications are accepted, successful sponsors sign an undertaking binding them to financially supporting their sponsored family members for 20 years – similar to provincial social assistance recipients – including repaying any public or government benefits their parents or grandparents receive during this period. It should be noted that previous criminal or financial issues can disqualify candidates from becoming sponsors under this program.
Quebec families seeking to sponsor parents or grandparents face an uphill task, due to its unique immigration sponsorship criteria. While meeting income requirements for parental sponsorship can be challenging, government programs and non-profit organizations offer financial support as well as services for potential sponsors and their sponsored families.
Sponsoring parents and grandparents can be an excellent way for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with loved ones as well as provide financial assistance and build a new life for themselves in Canada. It is crucial, however, to fully comprehend all requirements and responsibilities that accompany this program and seek professional help if needed, otherwise an improperly executed application may cause delays and denials; but with expert guidance and support, this problem can easily be avoided.
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