How Do I Sponsor My Parents To Canada?

Citizenship and immigration Canada (CIC) has a cap on the number of applications they accept for Parent Sponsorships, and unfortunately the cap for this year has been reached. In January 2015, CIC accepted 5000 applications and the parent and grandparent program has again reached a pause. CIC is attempting to deal with the current backlog of applications.

CIC will reopen the program in the beginning of next year. It is a good idea to start preparing for the applications early on, as CIC may only be accepting limited number of applications.

It is important that you submit your application as soon as the government reopens the program. You have to make sure that you submit the correct and complete application, and are aware of all the necessary requirements.

If you would like to sponsor your parents you have to be

  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Meet the LICO requirements
  • Sign an undertaking to provide for their basic requirements (food, shelter, fuel, utilities)

There is a special LICO requirement to sponsor your parents and grandparents. You may have to meet the minimum income threshold for the last 3 years. You have to submit a Notice of Assessment for 3 years hence before the date of your application. Most other sponsorships require you to meet the LICO requirement for 1 year. The exact LICO amount depends on the number of people in your family plus your parents (sponsored party).

If you have any question about sponsoring your parents, or need helping preparing your application, contact us today and our team of experienced professionals help you move forward!

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