Sponsoring Family Members Into Canada

Canada has a long history of family reunification. Residents and citizens can sponsor certain family members to live in Canada. These members include spouses, dependent children, parents, and grandparents.

Family sponsorship in Canada has played an important role in the successful migration of people from around the world and has helped create a stable family environment for those wishing to start a new life in Canada. However, CIC announced that applications for the new program for parents and grandparents. This new program is very different from the old one.

Family Sponsorship Canada For Your Spouse, Partner Or Child & More

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Program changes include:

  • An increase of 30% of the minimum required income (MNI). Instead of requiring the sponsor to pay the LICO amount for the family size, the sponsor must now meet LICO plus 30%. If a family with two children wants to support the grandparents, the required income is $ 71,991 instead of the LICO amount of $ 55,378.
  • The period during which the MNI is shown to increase from one year to three years. Now the sponsor must prove that they have earned the required income for the 3 consecutive year tax period before submitting the sponsorship application.
  • Proof of income is limited to documents issued by the Revenue Agency of Canada. Only the appraisal notification from the rating agency is considered a qualifying document for determining the new revenue threshold. All other documents were rejected.
  • The maximum retention age for all immigration programs is set at 18 years. Currently, the age limit for children who are considered dependents is 22 years. This will be reduced to 18 years and will apply to all immigration programs.