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How to sponsor your parents or grandparents through Super Visa

If you want to bring your parents and grandparents to Canada, you can apply for a Super Visa Application. Super Visa allows the parents and grandparents of Canadians and permanent residents to stay in Canada for up to 2 years without the need to renew their status. It also provides multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years.

Eligibility Requirements for Super Visa

  • Parents and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Applicant (parent or grandparent) require a financial assistance letter from their child or grandchild in Canada that fulfills the minimum gross income as per LICO.
  • The applicants must have a signed Invitation Letter from the child or grandchild who invites them to Canada that including the list and number of people in the household of the sponsor.
  • The applicant must have proof of a Canadian medical insurance covering a minimum of $100,000 for at least one year and meeting minimum requirements, including coverage for health care, hospitalization, and repatriation.
  • Applicants must be eligible for a temporary resident visa and should not be ineligible on criminal and/or medical grounds.
  • Document confirming that the applicant had an immigration medical exam

The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds while applying for Super Visa

  • The most recent tax year’s Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1
  • Letter of employment that includes salary terms and hiring date
  • Bank statements
  • Pay stubs

In addition, immigration officers will also consider whether the applicant (parent or grandparent) will actually leave the country at the end of the authorized stay. It is important to take note that no dependents can be included in the application for super visa.

Benefits of super visa for applicants from TRV and TRV-exempt countries

The super visa is also ideal for parents and grandparents living in countries that require a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) for entry into Canada. With the Super Visa, people can travel without having the need for routinely re-applying for a TRV between Canada and their country of residency.

Super Visa is also beneficial to applicants from TRV-exempt nations. The same application process can be used. Instead, issuing a visa, they will be handed a formal letter from IRCC authorizing travels to Canada for a period of up to two years.

What is the difference between a parent and grandparent super visa and a multiple entry visa?

The super visa is a multi-entry visa that allows multiple entries for up to 10 years. The main distinction is that a Super Visa permits an individual to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time, whereas a 10-year multiple entry visas only provides for a six-month status period for each entry.

If you are considering applying for Canadian Super Visa, you can get help from professional immigration consultant at Can X immigration.  Contact us to discuss your immigration needs, and we’ll provide our insights and assist you in your immigration journey.

Welcoming Parents and Grandparents to Canada through PGP 2021

Canada has announced the Parents and Grandparents program through which Canadians and Permanent Residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) expects to draw 30,000 people from the lottery over the course of two weeks. The IRCC Web site only takes into consideration individuals who filed an interest for sponsorship form between midsummer EDT on 13 October 2020 and midday EDT on 3 November 2020.

An IRCC directive stated, to avoid utilizing outdated forms or following previous instructions, IRCC advises candidates to wait until they get an ITA before filling out an application. Those who apply but do not receive an ITA will not be repaid their application fees.

Application process for parents and grandparents program

Upon receiving the ITA, – the applicant needs to complete two applications that include-

  • Application for Request of sponsorship
  • Parents’ and grandparents’ application for permanent residency

These two requests can be submitted simultaneously online. The applicant needs to pay an application fee, biometric fee and other fees. The application fees can be paid online that include the following payments such as-

  • Sponsor processing fees, which means fees for the sponsored people and their employees
  • Entitlement to permanent residence fee

The applicant shall also pay the biometric fee charged on filing the application. However, after the application is filed, biometrics is collected. The applicant may also need to pay fees to third parties for carrying out Medical examination and issuing of Police Certificate.

The family members may be asked to provide their biometrics through a letter after paying the biometric fees. The family members are given 30 days to provide biometrics at the nearest collection point. In addition, pursuant to COVID-19, IRCC has put in place particular arrangements or measures for biometrics collecting.

IRCC provides a period of 60 days to receive completed sponsorship applications from invited sponsors. Sponsored parents and grandparents will become permanent residents of Canada and as such would be eligible for all benefits, including free health care.

There exists a high demand among Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their loved ones and receiving a PGP invitation is tough. Previously, IRCC has received about 100,000 website visits displaying interest for submitting sponsor forms within minutes of the policy being launched.

If I receive a PGP 2021 invitation, what should I do?

It is critical that you meet the eligibility requirements for the PGP 2021. The following conditions must be fulfilled to meet the PGP eligibility criterion:

  • You must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a member of a status First Nations.
  • You must also show that you have the Minimum Necessary Income to IRCC (MNI). Your notifications of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018 must be submitted.

In case you fit the criteria and want to move further, you will have 60 days to submit your complete sponsorship application to IRCC, with the necessary payment. PGP is emerging as an opportunity to reunite families as part of family reunification program assisting applicants on humanitarian grounds.

Individuals who live in Quebec and who want to sponsor a parent or grandparent need to have their income assessed by the Quebec Immigration Ministry, which is based on the province’s income standards.

How Can X Immigration can assist you?

If you have been invited to sponsor, please contact us it would be our privilege to paly a part in reuniting families.

To help you with your PGP 2021 application, we will –  

  • Our experienced RCIC consultants will provide free consultation and help you understand the PGP program
  • We will answer all queries from you (sponsor) and the applicant (parents and grandparents)
  • Verify that you meet the PGP 2021 eligibility requirements
  • Gather all required paperwork, supporting documents and fill out necessary application forms
  • Submit your application to IRCC within the 60-day period
  • Keep you informed about the status of your application
  • Communicate with Canadian government on your behalf