Sponsorship of Parents and grandparents
The Parent and Grandparent Permanent Resident Visa is an application available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents that allow the applicants to sponsor their parents or grandparents to come to Canada. Those who are successful under this sponsorship program will receive Canadian permanent residence with Canadian Citizenship available to apply for after residing in Canada for a certain period of time and subject to meeting the other Citizenship criteria.
The demand for this program is extremely high, in 2016 alone over 14,000 applications were received by the CIC in the first 4 days alone. In response, the Liberal government has increased the application intake cap from 5,000 to 10,000 annually. Due to the limited quota, it is important to prepare the application in advance of January of the following year. The window to submit an application starts January 3rdof each year and stays open until the cap is reached. Only applications that are complete will count towards this quota. It is in the best interest of the application to be completed correctly and in full, and submitted as soon as available.
The Canadian family member who will be sponsoring their parent or grandparent, must four requirements, with Quebec requiring additional undertakings.
– Sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
– Sponsor must be 18 years of age or older;
– Sponsor must exceed the minimum necessary income. Either single or with a spouse income combined;
– The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years.
– Other case-by-case criteria may apply
The sponsor must show their minimum necessary income (MNI) for the past three consecutive years, in order to be eligible to be a sponsor. Below are the monetary requirements as set out for this sponsorship. Sponsors living in Quebec must meet different MNI requirements.
Size of Family Unit
Each additional person
If an individual sponsor does not meet the requirements set out above, his or her spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner may be able to act as a co-signer. This is allowable only if the co-signer meets the sponsorship requirements and, their combined incomes meets or exceeds the minimum necessary income.
The previous application cycles for the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program have shown that individuals and families who prepare in advance, are more likely to be reunited in Canada more quickly and efficiently than others who do not.
The parent and grandparent sponsorship program can still see further changes coming, it is encouraged that sponsors and potential sponsored relatives get a head start on preparing for 2017 applications. There is a limited number of 10,000 applications and space fills up fast.
To find out if you or your family members are eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Program based on the eligibility criteria for the most recent application cycle, please fill out a free online assessment or Contact us today.