Migrant Workers Receive New Hope for Reunion

A major update from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be welcome news to many migrant workers in Alberta. The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program, which was temporarily suspended approximately two years ago, will be re-opened and begin accepting applications again on January 2, 2014.

The Program, which reunites workers who migrate to Canada in the hopes of carving out a better life for themselves and their family with their parents and grandparents, was suspended due to an overload of applications. One of the most challenging aspects of migrating to another country for work, as evidenced by the overwhelming number of applications submitted to CIC, is leaving ones family behind. Often times, it is parents and grandparents one has migrated to support.

So the re-opening of this Program will provide much needed hope for reunion to thousands of working migrants throughout Canada and in Alberta.

Some requirements of the Program have changed:

•     Only 5,000 applications will be accepted in 2014

•     The minimum necessary income to qualify as a sponsor (based on the Low-Income Cut-Off) has been increased by 30 per cent (for more information http://www.canadavisa.com/necessary-income-levels-for-family-sponsorship.html)

•     Applicants must prove they meet the income threshold for 3 consecutive years now, instead of the previous 1 year

•     The maximum age for dependent children has been reduced from 22 to 18 years

•     The sponsorship term has increased from 10 years to 20 years.

It is worth noting that the completeness and correctness of application is very important. Any applications that are either incomplete or filled out incorrectly will be returned to the submitter.

The 5,000 application limitation applies to all migrant workers in Canada, so workers wishing to make use of the Program will need to get their applications filled out and submitted as quickly as possible. For more information about the Program, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp

Information about Program changes from http://lmlawgroup.com