Parent & Grandparent Sponsorship
Parent & Grandparent Sponsorship
Parent And Grand Parent Class
The Parent and Grandparent Class of Family Sponsorship is a class of sponsorship under the Canadian immigration system that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada.
The process for this class of sponsorship involves the sponsor submitting an interest to sponsor form, also known as a “Sign-Up form” to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and being entered into a lottery system. Once the lottery has been conducted, a certain number of individuals will be selected and invited to submit a complete sponsorship application.
The lottery system for the Parent and Grandparent class is used to manage the high volume of interest to sponsor forms received by IRCC. It is conducted periodically, and the number of invitations to apply is limited. The Sponsor must meet certain criteria as per the IRCC requirements to be eligible to submit an interest to sponsor form and be entered into the lottery.
Once the sponsorship application has been submitted, IRCC will review the application to ensure that the sponsor meets the eligibility criteria and that the relationship between the sponsor and the parent or grandparent is genuine. The process of family sponsorship takes time and can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case.
It’s worth noting that the process for the Parent and Grandparent class is highly competitive and the number of sponsorship applications that are accepted is limited, so not all individuals who are selected in the lottery will ultimately be approved for sponsorship.
What Is Expression Of Interest?
The expression of Interest (EOI) in Parent and Grandparent (PGP) sponsorship is a process by which Canadian citizens and permanent residents can indicate their interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada.
Under this process, individuals who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents must first submit an EOI to
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The EOI is not an application for sponsorship, but rather a way for interested individuals to be entered into a lottery system. IRCC will conduct a lottery periodically and select a certain number of individuals who will be invited to submit a complete sponsorship application.
The EOI is submitted by the sponsor, who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. There are certain criteria that must be met by the sponsor in order to be eligible to submit an EOI. This includes being at least 18 years old, having a minimum income level, and having a Canadian address.
In terms of the income requirement, the sponsor must meet certain income level for the three consecutive years preceding the year of the submission of the EOI, which is determined by the IRCC. This is to ensure that the sponsor can financially support their parents or grandparents once they arrive in Canada.
Once again It’s important to note that the process of Parent and Grandparent sponsorship is highly competitive and the number of sponsorship applications that are accepted is limited. Not all individuals who submit an EOI will ultimately be invited to submit a sponsorship application.
What Is LICO? (Lower Income Cut-Off)
The Lower Income Cut-Off (LICO) is a measure used by the Canadian government to determine whether a person meets the minimum income requirements for certain immigration programs, such as sponsoring a spouse or common-law partner, or parents and grandparents.
The LICO is set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is based on the size of the sponsors family, including the number of dependents they have. It is determined by taking the average income of Canadian households and setting a certain percentage below that average income. If a sponsor’s income falls below the LICO, they will not be considered to have met the minimum income requirements for the immigration program they are applying for.
The LICO is updated on an annual basis and varies depending on the size of the sponsors family unit. The sponsor will have to provide evidence of income, such as the Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency, that they have met the LICO for the three consecutive years preceding the year of the submission of the application.
It’s worth noting that meeting the LICO is one of the criteria to meet the income requirement, but it is not the only criteria. IRCC also considers other factors such as the sponsor’s debt, assets and other forms of financial support.