Parents Immigration set to re-open in 2014

Parents Immigration set to re-open in 2014

Citizenship & Immigration Canada is set to re-open the Immigration program for sponsoring parents and grandparents by Canadians in January, 2014.

The program was closed for new applications in December, 2011, while the department revamped the program criteria and cleared the backlog of pending applications.

The announcement includes details on the criteria proposed for new program:

  • 5000 applications to be accepted per year;

  • Minimum necessary income to be increased by 30%;

  • Sponsor must demonstrate the above income for lat 3 years (up from 1 year);

  • The income proof documents restricted to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)-issued Notice of Assessment (eliminating the flexibility in supporting documentation);

  • The period of undertaking increased to 20 years (from the current 10 years).

Given the restrictions on application intake and the focus on complete applications, it is imperative for sponsors to prepare a complete application in advance.

Transcend Consultants provides assistance to our clients in and outside Canada, in all Canadian Immigration programs.

Which is why I have declined to accept any FSW applicants under the FSW 300 cap per occupation. I have just told them to apply on their own because I believe that the odds of being one of the first 300 is remote for anyone who applies in a popular occupation after May 3rd.

For parents it would be a bit different. Those applications conceivably could be ready in advance of the opening. My concern, however, is that CIC will change the forms on December 31st and return any submission on the older forms. So, even if its ready to go, you won’t know until January 2nd if its a go — let alone a sure thing.

One way to get around the CIC-created problem is to set a fee for “application preparation” with a second installment upon confirmation that the file will be processed. This approach should avoid requiring a refund. If, however, the prospective client balks, you’d have to decide whether to take the risk or walk away.

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