The Parental Sponsorship category has recently reopened with renewed popularity as the 2014 5,000 application cap for this application filled within the month of its reopening. Under this category of family sponsorship, you are able to sponsor your parents and/or grandparents for permanent residence in Canada.
Those who qualify as sponsors will finally be able to be united with their parents and grandparents abroad. In order to qualify as a sponsor for parental sponsorship, you will need to meet certain qualifications as well as financial requirements.
In order to qualify as a sponsor, you must:
If you, as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada is contemplating sponsoring a family member, such as your Spouse, Parent or Grandparent, you need to be aware of factors that can prohibit you from being a Sponsor.
The following are circumstances which will make you ineligible to Sponsor a member of your family:
Aside from these qualifying factors to sponsorship, unlike other categories of family sponsorship, you (as the sponsor) will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum necessary income as per your family size and the number of people you intend to sponsor. The minimum necessary income is determined based on the Low Income Cut off which is updated based on information gather by Statistics Canada. Currently, the Minimum Necessary Income for sponsoring your parents or grandparents is as follows:
|Size of Family Unit||Minimum Income 2012||Minimum Income 2013||Minimum Income 2014|
|More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add||$7,929||$7,786||$7,766|
You can also co-sign with your spouse or common-law partner and share the responsibility. These means that both your incomes will be considered together and therefore you would also share the responsibility of the Undertaking when sponsoring.
In order to demonstrate the minimum necessary income when sponsoring your grandparents, you must submit a Notice of Assessment or Option C printout. These can be obtained by contacting the Canadian Revenue Agency.
When assessing your Parental Sponsorship application and whether or not you qualify under the Minimum Necessary Income, an Immigration Officer making a decision on your matter will only review government documents to demonstrate your finances.
You should also note that when it comes to sponsoring your parents or grandparents, you will have to have met your Minimum Income requirement for the last three years preceding your application as well as throughout the application process.
When applying for permanent residence, the applicant (your parent or grandparent) will also have to undergo a medical exam by a panel physician. This doctor, who is designated to perform such exams, will conduct a medical exam and provide the results to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The applicant will not see the results of this exam. From there, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will determine whether or not you are considered inadmissible on medical grounds.
You can be found inadmissible on medical grounds if:
If you are found to be inadmissible for any reason, you will require a Temporary Resident Permit to overcome this inadmissibility.
When sponsoring your parents for permanent residence in Canada, demonstrating your qualifications as a sponsor and that you have the necessary financial capabilities to support their status in Canada is essential. Beyond this, it should be a momentous occasion. Let us help you reunite with your family and become whole again in Canada.
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