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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship to Reopen in 2014

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parent and grandparent sponsorshipAfter two years of waiting, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will soon be able to, once again, sponsor their parents and grandparents for Permanent Residency. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced last Friday, May 10th, that the Parent and Grandparent stream of the Family Sponsorship program will begin accepting new applications on January 2nd, 2014.

Faced with growing backlogs, CIC stopped accepting applications for the Parent and Grandparent stream on November 5th, 2011. When the program reopens, CIC has promised a greatly reduced backlog and therefore faster processing times.

The Family Class Program

Family Class sponsorship allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, dependent child(ren), parents, and grandparents. Successful sponsored persons receive Canadian Permanent Residency.

Canada is unique among similar countries in its generous options for parent and grandparent sponsorship. Countries such as the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand do not allow sponsorship of grandparents, and many place firm restrictions on the sponsorship of parents.

The Action Plan

CIC has enacted a 4 step Action Plan, which will ensure that family sponsorship applications continue to be processed at high levels.

“The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification is on track to meet the goals of cutting in half the backlog and wait times in the Parent and Grandparent program,” said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “It is very important that we continue to make progress and not return to the old broken system with wait times as long as a decade – that would be unfair to families.”

The 4-step plan is as follows:

Step 1: In 2012 and 2013, Canada admitted approximately 50,000 parents and grandparents as Canadian Permanent Residents, the highest level in 20 years. This has helped reduce backlogs and waiting times.

Step 2: The popular Super Visa program, which allows parents and grandparents to enter Canada as long-term visitors, has been made a permanent. Since its launch in December 2012, over 15,000 Super Visas have been issued to qualifying family members.

Step 3: New qualifying criteria (detailed below) will be implemented to increase the financial responsibility of sponsors. This ensures that they have the means to support their family member(s) while minimizing costs incurred by the Canadian public for needs such as healthcare and social services.

Step 4: For 2014, a strict cap of 5,000 new applications will be accepted for processing in the Parent and Grandparent stream.

New Sponsorship Criteria

For the coming year, five qualifying criteria have been added or amended. They largely focus on ensuring that sponsors who bring family members to Canada will be capable of supporting these individuals.

Minimum necessary income (MNI) increased by 30 percent: Sponsors of parents and grandparents must make at least 30 per cent more than the standard MNI level. CIC believes the previous MNI level did not “accurately reflect the increased costs associated with being financially responsible for elderly parents and grandparents”.

Lengthen period for demonstrating funds from one year to three: Individuals must prove that they have been financially stable for a longer period of time. Evidence of income must be proven by documents issued by Canada Revenue Association (CRA): CRA notices of assessment will be the only means accepted for proof of income levels. This will help speed application processing times, as all documents will be uniform.

Extend sponsorship undertaking period to 20 years instead of 10: Individuals who sponsor their parents and grandparents must accept an undertaking of financial responsibility for 20 years. This means that sponsors will be responsible for repaying any social assistance given to their parents or grandparents by a province for 20 years after they become Permanent Residents, as well as health care costs not covered by provincial health care.

Accompanying dependents must be 18 or younger: For all immigration programs, the maximum age of dependents will be reduced to 18 years or younger. Individuals of any age who are dependent due to physical or mental disability may still be included on applications.

“It is encouraging to see that Canada is making good on its promise to get parent and grandparent processing times under control,” said Attorney David Cohen. “I have many clients, and many friends, who have been waiting patiently these past two years for the chance to bring their loved ones to Canada for good. I look forward to helping them unite their families in Canada.”

Stay tuned to CIC News for additional information on this program as it is released.

To find out if you or family members are eligible for a Super Visa or may become eligible for Family Class sponsorship, please fill out a free online assessment.

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46 thoughts on “Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship to Reopen in 2014

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    Anna Kumar

    My Brother sponsored our parents to canada to look after his kids. After 10 years he is asking me to share the cost of living for parents to live with him. I do not know whether my parents receive any pension they are above 65 yrs. What is my rights?

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    Dorothy

    My friend is a Canadian citizen and she has submitted an application to sponsor her parents under family sponsorship program; however, recently she get a job in USA, will it affect her application? What should she do will not affect the application?
    Many thanks for your help!

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    Oliver Andres

    I am a Canadian citizen and I’ve sponsored my mom around 2010 and my sister have also sponsored her in TEXAS USA. The processing in USA is quite faster than Canada and she is now living with my sister in TEXAS so we decided to withdraw her application just recently.

    Upon discussion with my mom, Is it still possible for me to reopen my sponsorship application for my mom?

    What are the steps that I need to make in this kind of situation?

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    Savtej Sandhu

    Hello,
    I am a Canadian citizen and I have submitted an application to sponsor my parents under family sponsorship program since Jan 2014. My wife is a permanent resident of Canada.
    My question is that if I move to USA for a new job, does this affect the application of my parents sponsorship? Can they still land in Canada as PR and I will be there to receive them, even though I live in USA for work?
    Please help me understand the situation and the best thing to do in this scenario.

    Thanks!

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    roble mohamed

    my aunt live in Canada ,Edmonton and i live in Ethiopian refugee camp and i want her to bring me so how can I apply?
    thanks

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    Merat

    I applied to sponsor my mother only, the visa section is asking to have the medical exam for my younger brother who is dependent on my mom, even-though I didn’t apply for him, I paid the fees for one person not two, we do not want my brother to immigrate, moreover he is been taken care of by my sister.

    What should I do? what answer I should give them. I don’t want them to refuse my mother because of him. Please help me as I have to give them an answer tomorrow

    Thanks

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