3 Tips When Sponsoring Your Parents to Canada

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3 Tips When Sponsoring Your Parents to Canada


Sponsoring one’s parents or grandparents (PGP) is a great way to reunite with your loved ones, which is a prime goal of the Canadian immigration system. The government regulates additional requirements for PGP in comparison to spousal or children sponsorship. Here are 3 things you need to know.

1) Signing of undertaking and contract

The sponsoring of a family member can be seen as a contract between 3 parties. An undertaking is signed by the sponsor, to the government, stating that all basic requirements of the PGP will be met. They must also sign an agreement with the sponsored person. The length of undertaking is 20 years for PGP therefore proper planning must be taken as this is a not a short period of time.

2) Financial commitment

Having signed an agreement to undertake for the sponsored person’s basic needs, it is important for the government to qualify people based on financial abilities. In the case of PGP, Low Income Cut Off + 30% need to be met based on the number of people in the household. Your financial guarantee comes from the tax information you would have given Revenue Canada during the past 3 years.

For example, if you are a family of 4 and want to sponsor 2 parents, you must have an income of approximately $75000.

3) Not everyone can sponsor a relative to come to Canada.

In the case of sponsoring PGP, you must be 18 years old and a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. You cannot be receiving social assistance for any reason other than for disability. If you have defaulted on any undertaking or support payment obligations or are bankrupt, you are restricted from sponsoring.

If you failed to include the relative on your own PR application, you cannot sponsor them. This is a very important point and many unsuspecting people fall victim to it.

There have been numerous cases of people who fail to declare all family members on their original PR application thinking that they can still sponsor them in the future. The government however, does not like surprises when it comes to immigration and will completely deny any sponsorships when met with undeclared relatives.

Therefore, is it important to consult with a professional regarding immigration matters. Let us know how we can help you reunite with your family members.


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