Don’t Miss The Boat!
If you have been waiting to sponsor parents to Canada or sponsor grandparents to Canada for permanent residence, now is your opportunity. Citizenship & Immigration Canada will be re-opening the Parental Sponsorship program on January 1st, 2016. As per the previous couple of years, a maximum of 5000 applications in total will be accepted for 2016.
It is important that you consider the time it takes to prepare an application. Your application should be submitted to the Case Processing Centre no later than the first week of January to ensure your application is one of the first 5000 applications submitted. Last year, the program opened on January 1, 2015 and by January 16 (two weeks only) CIC received 5000 applications. Applications that are not within the first 5000 submitted will be returned. In this case, the sponsor will have to wait until the following year, in January 2017 to submit again.
We are often receiving calls from Canadian sponsors who wish to sponsor their parents, but in many cases the sponsors do not begin the preparation of the file early enough, and are left with little or no time to put an application together. There are many documents that must
be collected from both the sponsor and the parents who are in most cases overseas. This preparation can take several weeks and in may cases, several months. So when should you begin? Now.
What are the requirements of the Canadian sponsor?
- Must be the son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter of the person being sponsored
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Must meet the minimum income requirement for the three (3) most recent tax years (2012, 2013 & 2014)
- Must not be in receipt of social assistance or welfare for any reason other than disability
- Must not have defaulted on a court-ordered support order such as alimony or child support
- Must not have been convicted of a violent criminal offence any offence against a relative or any sexual offence
- Must not have defaulted on an immigration loan-late or missed payments
- Must not be in prison or,
- have declared bankruptcy and have not yet been discharge from it
Assessment for Eligibility:
Call our office to speak with an immigration consultant to determine if you qualify to sponsor. As per above, your application must be submitted to Immigration Canada’s Case Processing Centre no later than the first week of January to ensure it is considered for the 2016 intake.