As of November 2011 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship has been paused indefinitely. CIC placed the category on hold in order to deal with the enormous backlog of applications. Applicants who applied before the program was put on hold have been waiting as long as eight years, and are still waiting on a decision.
To the delight of many, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has announced that CIC will be accepting 5000 new applications as of the 2nd January 2014. Also the popular parent/grandparent super visa will become a permanent category. This new policy will focus on reducing the wait times that many people are enduring.
There are some new changes to the category:
- The undertaking of the sponsor is now 20 years. This means that the sponsor is financially responsible for their parents/grandparents for 20 years. If they receive any welfare or subsidies from the government, the sponsor must pay this debt to the government.
- The Minimum necessary income (MNI) has increased by 30%. This is the minimum income the sponsor has to earn in order to be eligible to become a sponsor. They also have to show this income for the previous three consecutive years.
- The sponsor will need to provide Canadian revenue agency (CRA) documents to prove three years of minimum necessary income. These are documents such as the Notice of Assessment that you receive from CRA after filing your tax return.
- The definition of dependent child is now at 18 years of age. This means that any children accompanying the applicant have to be 18 or younger at the time the application is received.
If you are thinking of sponsoring your parents / grandparents you should begin gathering these documents immediately. The CIC will be accepting these applications as of the 2nd of January. This category will be closed within days, if not hours, after it opens!