If your child is living in Canada as a permanent resident and you also want to migrate there, it’s not a daunting task. Canadian law offers a simple process of migrating parents to Canada after the child gets PR.
Canada’s Family Class immigration category allows permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their parents either utilizing the Parent and Grandparent Family Class Program or using the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Program.
Parent and Grandparent Family Class Program
Under this program, parents and grandparents of Canadian permanent residents are allowed to live and work in any part of the country.
However, to sponsor their parents, the individuals must meet some requirements as per Canadian law. Such conditions for the sponsoring individuals are-
- They should have Canadian citizenship or Canadian PR status.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- They are residing in Canada. Moreover, they might need to submit proof of the status at the time of Interest to Sponsor phase.
- They must earn the excess of minimum necessary income level and need to provide proof of their income to IRCC.
Besides, they are also required to sign an undertaking which includes that they-
- Will financially support the sponsored for 20 years.
- Will repay any social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored members for up to 20 years.
What were the Changes for Family Class Program in 2019?
Well, there were slight changes that were brought in the visa process of the Family Class Program for the year 2019. The Canadian government used the First In First Get method by issuing the Interest to Sponsor Form.
An applicant was needed to fill out this form and submit to the IRCC. However, this process may subject to change in 2020. Therefore, check the latest guidelines of IRCC before applying for the visa.
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Program
Super Visa Program is the second option using which parents or grandparents can migrate to Canada to stay there as a permanent resident.
Under this program, parents and grandparents can migrate to Canada as long-term visitors on a multi-entry visa system. This visa will be valid for up to 10 years.
To meet the eligibility requirement for the Super visa, parents and grandparents must consider the following points.
- Submit a written commitment letter of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada.
- Show that their sponsor must meet minimum financial requirements.
- They have to purchase Canadian health insurance for a minimum of 1 year.
- They would complete an immigration medical examination.
- They might require a Temporary Resident Visa as per their nationality.
The Bottom Line
The Canadian government facilitates easy and flexible procedures for its immigrants. The country promotes its citizenship programs to attract more foreign people to live and work there.
Therefore, it’s a simplistic procedure for you as a child to sponsor your parents and grandparents to settle in Canada as permanent residents.