Last year IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) introduced new changes to Parents and Grandparents Program, under which the first step requires Canadian citizens and permanent residents to submit an Interest to Sponsor form. Last week IRCC announced the randomly selected sponsors and have a period of 60 days to submit a complete application.
IRCC believes that this type of selection process will fasten the application process and reduce the costs experienced by applicants with the paper-based application.
To accelerate furthermore the application process, new features have also been added to the Parents and Grandparents program. For example, the chosen sponsors are being contacted by IRCC through email. Moreover, individuals are able to find out if they were selected, even before receiving an email, by comparing her/his unique confirmation number with a published list of invitees. This will give an opportunity for sponsors to start their preparation to fill their applications.
Last year IRCC increased the intake limit for this program from 5,000 to 10,000 in order to help more families to unite. It is stated that this limit will make sure that new applicants have the chance to apply and at the same time will reduce the backlog.
During this year, between January 2 and February 1, the potential sponsors submitted an Interest to Sponsor form. It is announced by IRCC that if 10,000 complete applications are not received from randomly selected sponsors, there may be another round of invitations held later in 2018.
In following years, Canada is looking forward to increasing the intake limit for the Parents and Grandparents Program to a total of 61,500 new permanent residences invited through the program by 2020.
You may sponsor your parent or grandparent if these following requirements are met:
- the sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- the sponsor must be 18 years of age or older;
- the sponsor must sign a sponsorship agreement, which requires the sponsor to provide financial support to the sponsored person and accompanying family members for a period of 3 to 20 years (depending on the age and relationship);
- sponsor is responsible to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored person and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period for 20 years;
- sponsor must exceed the minimum necessary income (MNI) for the past three consecutive years, either single or with a spouse income combined.
Below is the breakdown of the income requirements.
TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT
YOU ARE SPONSORING
|Each additional person over 7||$8,616||$8,522||$8,358|
Your spouse or common-law partner can help you to meet the income requirements by being a co-signer in the sponsorship application. The co-signer must meet the same requirements as the sponsor, must agree to co-sign the undertaking and agrees to be responsible for the basic requirements of the sponsor and accompanying family members for the validity time of the undertaking.
If you live in Quebec, the government of Quebec is responsible to determine the length of the undertaking and financial requirements.
Another option available to individuals who have a child in Canada is the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. The super visa is a multi-entry visa valid for up to 10 years. It allows multiple entry periods lasting up to 2 years.
To find out if you or your family members are eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Program based on the eligibility criteria of if you receive or have received an invitation to apply, please fill out a free online assessment or Contact us today.