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Following the reopening of CIC’s Parents and Grandparent (PGP) sponsorship program on January 2nd, 2014, our founder, Tom Yuan, offers his opinion and tips on the new application forms.
On December 31, 2013, CIC released three new forms:

  1. Document Checklist — Sponsor  [IMM 5771 ] (PDF, 201 KB)
  2. Financial Evaluation for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship [IMM5768] (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  3. Fee Payment Form [IMM 5770] (PDF, 565 KB)

In addition to new forms, perspective applicants face new sponsorship criteria which include:

  • Doubling the sponsorship undertaking period for PGPs from 10 years to 20 years: Canadian citizens and permanent residents who seek to sponsor their PGPs and their PGPs’ accompanying family members would be required to commit to a lengthened sponsorship undertaking period of 20 years.
  • Raise the minimum necessary income (MNI) by 30% for sponsoring PGPs: Canadian citizens and permanent residents (including co-signers, if applicable) who seek to sponsor their PGPs and their PGPs’ accompanying family members would be required to have a total income equivalent to MNI plus 30%. For example, under this proposed regulatory amendment, a sponsor with a spouse and two children, who wishes to sponsor two parents, would be required to meet the new income threshold (MNI plus 30%) for six people (e.g. $71,992).
  • A lengthened period for demonstrating the MNI from one year to three years: Canadian citizens and permanent residents who seek to sponsor their PGPs and their PGPs’ accompanying family members would be required to demonstrate that they meet the new income threshold for three consecutive tax years.
  • Provide evidence of income through documentation issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA): Canadian citizens and permanent residents (including co-signers, if applicable) who seek to sponsor their PGPs and their PGPs’ accompanying family members would be required to demonstrate that they meet the new income threshold for three consecutive years using only documentation issued by the CRA.  Documents other than those issued by the CRA would no longer be accepted.
  • A change in the definition of “Dependent Child”: To prevent further abuse of the legislation’s current definition for dependent children, the term will be amended to include any accompanying children, 18 years of age or younger.

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