When helping someone emigrate out of their home country and into Canada, a stagnant immigration application can be a nightmare. If you or anyone you know is having trouble with their paperwork, hiring the right immigration agency is key. On rare occasions, some sponsors won’t have to meet low-income cutoff (LICO) requirements, which can ease the difficulties of complicated documents.
What is LICO used for?
In most cases, the CIC will use LICO to determine the minimum amount of income an applicant must demonstrate in order to sponsor someone for permanent residence within Canada. This will ensure that applicants will be able to comply with commitments promised upon signing and provide all the necessary support for a sponsored person.
When it comes to the sponsorship of a spouse, partner, or child, you may not have to comply with LICO requirements. However, you will have to meet the minimum LICO score, calculated annually by Statistics Canada, if:
- The spouse or partner you are sponsoring has a dependent child who has dependent children of their own
- A dependent child you are sponsoring has a dependent child of their own
When can you be exempted from the LICO minimum income requirements?
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you won’t have to meet the LICO minimum income requirements when sponsoring the following individuals:
- A spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner who has no dependent children of their own
- A spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner who has a dependent child or children without a dependent child or children of their own
- A child without dependent children of their own
In these cases, the only major requirement for a sponsorship application is proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, along with further proof that your relationship to the sponsored individual is genuine. Some documents you can submit as proof of relationship are email exchanges, written letters, scrapbooks, or video diaries. It will be up to an immigration officer’s discretion. You must then accomplish or present all other minor documents.
However, take note that while you won’t have to meet the LICO provisions to sponsor someone outside of Canada, you will still have to consider certain finances.
- If you are collecting social services, for example, you will be barred from sponsoring someone.
- If you cannot prove the ability to support yourself, you may be asked to surrender your sponsorship rights.
You will have to present some form of evidence that you will be able to financially support you and your sponsored individual, even if the amount provided is less than that of LICO standards. You can submit a payslip or certificate of employment, among other things. On some occasions, you won’t be expected to present proof of income until your sponsored individual arrives in Canada.
The process that comes with sponsoring an individual to move to Canada can be difficult, so you’ll want to work with a renowned immigration consultant. At Bright Immigration, we make all the difference. Our professionals are licensed by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and Law Society of Ontario. We work to bridge the gaps between you and your loved ones in such a way that you are both protected and well-represented.
If you’re looking for professional help to help with you immigrate to Canada, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-404-8472.