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since January 2nd, 2014, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be able to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada through one of two programs: Family Class sponsorship and the Super Visa program.

Permanent Residency Sponsorship

The Family Class sponsorship program includes a stream for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The program is scheduled to re-open on January 2nd, 2014, at which time Canada will begin accepting 5,000 parent and grandparent sponsorship applications for review.

Parents and grandparents who are succeed under this program will receive Canadian Permanent Residency and be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship three years after that. To be eligible for Family Class sponsorship, the sponsor in Canada must meet the following requirements:

Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident; Be 18 years of age or older; Exceed the minimum essential income level for this program. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both can be included; The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 year, if necessary; and If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional 'undertaking' must be signed

Sponsors will have to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship and they must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years.

Super Visa Program

The Super Visa Program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors. Successful applicants receive multiple-entry visitor visas that may last for up to 10 years. Unlike standard visitor visas, which must be renewed every six months, a Super Visa remains valid for two years at a time.

To be eligible for the Super Visa program, parents and grandparents must meet standard visitor visa requirements. In addition, they must:

Provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada; Sponsor in Canada must meet minimum income requirements; Must prove they have purchased Canadian health insurance for at least one year; and Complete an immigration medical examination

Depending on the nationality, parents/grandparents may require a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to the Super Visa.


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