Pa­rents and Grand­pa­rents Pro­gram in Ca­na­da will open to in­ter­es­ted spon­sors in early 2019

La Jornada (Canada) - - QUÉ PASA? -

Im­mi­gra­tion, Re­fu­gees and Ci­ti­zens­hip Ca­na­da (IRCC) has clo­sed its Pa­rents and Grand­pa­rents Spon­sor Pro­gram for Ca­na­dian ci­ti­zens and per­ma­nent re­si­dents for 2018. The Fe­de­ral Go­vern­ment in De­cem­ber 2016 de­ci­ded to chan­ge the process for ac­cep­tan­ce of an Ap­pli­ca­tion to Spon­sor a Pa­rent or Grand Pa­rent from a first co­me first ser­ve ba­sis to a lot­tery ap­proach. This year the on­li­ne sub­mis­sion form to show in­ter­est clo­sed at noon EST on February 1, 2018

In 2017 mo­re than 90,000 ap­pli­ca­tions we­re sub­mit­ted for the lot­tery. Ho­we­ver, a re­por­ted 90% of the sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions did not meet the fi­nan­cial re­qui­re­ments and had to be re­jec­ted. This fai­lu­re to qua­lify meant that se­ve­ral in­vi­ta­tions had is­sued to meet the tar­get quo­ta of 10,000 ac­cep­ted pa­ren­tal and grand­pa­rent spon­sors­hip for 2017. Early in 2017 and due to the de­mand for pa­ren­tal and grand­pa­rent spon­sors­hips IRCC de­ci­ded to in­crea­se the quo­ta to 17,000.

On Au­gust 20, 2018 the Mi­nis­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Re­fu­gees the Hon. Ah­med Hus­sein ma­de the fo­llo­wing an­noun­ce­ment:

In 2019, as in pre­vious years, the In­ter­est to Spon­sor form will be avai­la­ble on­li­ne, at the be­gin­ning of the year, so eli­gi­ble po­ten­tial spon­sors can let IRCC know they wish to spon­sor their pa­rents and grand­pa­rents to co­me to Ca­na­da. Ho­we­ver, ins­tead of ran­domly se­lec­ting the spon­sors to apply, we will in­vi­te them to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to spon­sor their pa­rents and grand­pa­rents ba­sed on the or­der in which we re­cei­ve their In­ter­est to Spon­sor forms. This process will con­ti­nue un­til we reach the 2019 cap of 20 000 com­ple­te ap­pli­ca­tions.

This process allows se­lec­ted Ca­na­dian ci­ti­zens and per­ma­nent re­si­dents over the age of 18 to spon­sor their pa­rents and grand­pa­rents to co­me to Ca­na­da as Ca­na­dian per­ma­nent re­si­dents.

All in­ter­es­ted spon­sors are as­ked to first re­view the eli­gi­bi­lity re­qui­re­ments qua­lify for the pro­gram, in­clu­ding its in­co­me re­qui­re­ments. dian or per­ma­nent re­si­dent;

-be spon­so­ring a mem­ber of the fa­mily Class;

-li­ve in Ca­na­da;

-sign an un­der­ta­king pro­mi­sing to pro­vi­de for the ba­sic re­qui­re­ments of the per­son being spon­so­red;

-sign an agree­ment with the per­son you are spon­so­ring that con­firms that each of you un­ders­tands your mu­tual obli­ga­tions and res­pon­si­bi­li­ties;

-pro­ve that you ha­ve suf­fi­cient in­co­me to pro­vi­de the ba­sic re­qui­re­ments for your fa­mily mem­bers in Ca­na­da as well as the per­sons in­clu­ded in your spon­sors­hip un­der­ta­king. You may al­so ha­ve a co-sig­ner.

-are in re­ceipt of so­cial as­sis­tan­ce for a reason ot­her than di­sa­bi­lity,

-are in de­fault of an un­der­ta­king, an im­mi­gra­tion loan, a per­for­man­ce bond, or fa­mily sup­port pay­ments, .

-are an un­dis­char­ged ban­krupt,

-we­re con­vic­ted of an of­fen­ce of a se­xual na­tu­re, a vio­lent cri­mi­nal of­fen­ce, an of­fen­ce against a re­la­ti­ve that re­sults in bo­dily harm or an at­tempt or th­reat to com­mit any such of­fen­ces—de­pen­ding on cir­cums­tan­ces such as the na­tu­re of the of­fen­ce,

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