The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many areas of everyone’s lives to varying degrees. Millions have lost their jobs and halted careers, while others suffer from the health-related repercussions of a prolonged lockdown. Some may have had their travel plans cancelled or even worse: they’ve been completely separated from their families. This is one such dilemma experienced by Canadians whose plans to sponsor a loved one’s immigration have been put on hold.
So many factors come into play when it comes to immigrating a sponsored family member, what more with the pandemic involved. Many people already deal with so much financial strain just to get their spouses or dependents to Canada. This is especially true because of the 30% increase in the minimum income requirement that sponsors must meet.
This is where immigration agencies can do the most work to help Canadians get their families home. For those still learning about the updates in the income and eligibility requirements, read on below.
Income Requirements for Sponsors
Sponsors must meet the minimum requirements to have a family member live with them successfully in Canada. Proof of income is one requirement, and it needs to be reflective of the past three years prior to the application date. Sponsors will also notice that the previous tax years are usually going to be 30% lower than the current tax year.
Applications filed in 2021 will follow the same income requirements, which are outlined as estimates below:
Requirements for Sponsorship of Family Members (2020 Tax Year)
Family Size Minimum Necessary Income
1 pax (the sponsor) $25,920
2 pax $32,270
3 pax $39,670
4 pax $48,170
5 pax $54,630
6 pax $61,610
7 pax* $68,600
*Above 7 pax, add $6,990 per person
Canada’s new public policy on family immigration
The Canadian government has also decided to implement a new temporary public policy that introduced new measures to help family class applicants apply for sponsorship to Canada. Effective October 2, 2020, two changes were made for the 2020 tax year. Firstly, there will be no increases in the 2020 taxation year. Secondly, Regular Employment Insurance Benefits will count towards income calculations.
It’s important to note that this policy only applies to the tax year 2020, meaning the minimum income increase requirements from previous years are still applicable. The exception stated will only remain in effect until all eligible applicants have been processed. However, these measures do not apply to those wishing to sponsor family members to immigrate to Quebec.
Eligibility for family sponsorship with the new policy
Those qualified to apply for family sponsorship are usually legal partners, parents, grandparents, and dependents. There is a possibility the new policy will also apply to other family members besides the primaries, as mentioned above.
The complete list of family members eligible to apply are as follows:
- Spouses or legal partners;
- Direct children dependents;
- Children of minor age falling under the following categories: siblings, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren whose parents are no longer living; and
- The sponsor’s relatives if they do not have any family who are Canadian (no age limit).
The Bottom Line
Encountering many obstacles when all you want is to bring your loved one back home to Canada can be a tough experience. In a world that’s already so separated, nothing matters as much as keeping family close by. As the government works to ensure that nobody is affected significantly by the financial restrictions of COVID-19, immigration consultants in Toronto are also working round the clock to make the family sponsorship application that much easier.
Bright Immigration is one of the best immigration consultants in Canada. If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-404-8472.