The government claims that the backlog in this type of family reunification application has already been reduced by nearly 54 percent, despite no visible decrease in processing times. The central premise of the new program appears to be to shift applicants from PR sponsorship to Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. Keep in mind that all PGP applications received before January 2, 2015, will not be accepted by the CIC. If you sent them out, they will likely be returned to you for re-submission. There will be a rush to submit new applications since maximum of 5,000 new, complete applications will be accepted in 2015.
To be eligible to sponsor a parent or a grandparent, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons 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 years, if necessary. If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional ‘undertaking’ must be signed.
The CPC-M accepts applications received by mail, from local couriers and major courier services only. CPC-M is not open to the public and no in-person deliveries are accepted.