Just like spousal sponsorship program, sponsorship of parents and grandparents allows Canadian citizens and permanent residence to apply and sponsor their loved ones to have a chance to be reunited in Canada and love together as a family. While program requirements for parents and grandparent’s sponsorship changes quite frequently, there are certain eligibility requirements that remain the same:
1. The sponsor must be at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
2. The sponsor must reside in Canada
3. The sponsor must meet minimum income requirements depending on the sponsor’s family size and number of the sponsored people
4. The sponsored persons must be medically admissible to Canada
In order to stay up to date with IRCC program updates we welcome you to visit the IRCC website CLICK HERE.
WHAT ARE MY OBLIGATIONS AS A SPONSOR?
As a sponsor you are required to provide for the sponsored persons for 20 years since their landing to Canada as a permanent resident. This means that you need to provide for their basic needs such housing and financial support. In the event sponsored persons take advantage of any provincial monetary social assistance, you must repay the government the borrowed amount.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The processing of a sponsorship application is 24 months per IRCC processing times; however, government times are never guaranteed and are always subject to change. The government fee payable to IRCC is $1,125 CAD which is $550 processing fee $490 right of permanent residence fee and $85 biometric fee.
SUPERVISA – ALTERNATIVE TO SPONSORSHIP
If you, the sponsor, don’t meet certain eligibility criteria or wish for a more instant solution to bring your parents and/grandparents to Canada, you can submit an application for a Supervisa that will grant them temporary stay in Canada for 2 years in a row. In the event they wish to stay longer, they can apply for an extension of their status.
To be eligible and apply for a supervisa, the requirements are more or less the same for the sponsor and the sponsored person. In some situations, individuals prefer supervisa over permanent residence as it gives the parents and grandparents more flexibility to travel between two countries without having to worry about meeting permanent residence obligations. Below please find key differences between a supervisa and sponsorship for permanent residence:
1. Supervisa is an application for a temporary resident visa, sponsorship is an application for permanent residence
2. Supervisa processing fee is $100 per person, whereas permanent residence is $1,040 per person
3. Supervisa does not have any residence obligations: parents and grandparents are free to come and go as they please
4. Supervisa does not give access to any government approved benefits
5. Processing of a supervisa is a few months, depending on the country of citizenship
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU TO APPLY FOR A SPONSORSHIP OR SUPERVISA APPLICATION?
While there is no legal requirement to hire third party to assist with the preparation and submission of a sponsorship application, we highly encourage to take advantage of experienced professionals who can help you navigate through requirements, document collection, application process, and waive the interview portion. There are many documents that are not listed on the document checklist that can be provided in support of an application or in lieu if certain documents that the sponsor or the sponsored person is not able to provide. Our firm can assist you in submitting the strongest application for you and your partner without raising any doubts from the assessing officer if your relationship is genuine.
WHY HIRE ENCUBATE?
Encubate is a professional immigration consulting firm providing full support to individuals seeking to sponsor their family members to have the chance to be reunited together in Canada. We offer to take over the entire process that will involve minimal involvement from your end starting from collection of documents and necessary information to instructions on how and where to submit passports to obtain the permanent residence visa.
PARENTS SPONSORSHIP - WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Are you interested in bringing a loved one to Canada? Want to learn about sponsoring your spouse, parents, or children? If you do not know where to look or how to start, we invite you to book an eligibility consultation with us in order to guide you on your career journey to Canada.