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Canada relaxes income requirements for family sponsorship

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Canada has announced that in light of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, effective October 2, 2020 Canada is relaxing family-class immigration applicants income requirements for family-class immigration applicants. This to allow people to sponsor their loved ones, even if they lost income due to coronavirus.

As a result, foreign nationals applying for permanent residence as parents and grandparents, members of the family class, will be exempted from the requirement to have a sponsor who meets the requirement to have the minimum necessary income plus 30%, as long as the sponsor meets the minimum necessary income defined in section 2 of the Regulations, as well as all the applicable requirements including those pertaining to the other relevant taxation years.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

In addition, sponsors of all family class applicants whose sponsor must meet income requirements will be able to count regular Employment Insurance benefits in their income calculations rather than just special Employment Insurance benefits for 2020.

Conditions (Eligibility Criteria)

1) Parents and Grandparents:

Based on the public policy considerations, delegated officers may grant an exemption from the requirements of the Act and the Regulations specified below, where a foreign national:

  1. Has applied for a permanent resident visa as a sponsored parent or grandparent, member of the family class, pursuant to paragraphs 117(1)(c) or 117(1)(d) of the Regulations and whose permanent resident visa application has been accepted for processing;
  2. Has a sponsor (and co-signer, if applicable), who filed a sponsorship application in respect of the foreign national and where the sponsor (and co-signer, if applicable) complies with all the requirements applicable to the sponsor (and co-signer, if applicable) as described in section 133 of the Regulations except for the requirements specified below with respect to the 2020 taxation year:
    1. the requirement to have a total income at least equal to the minimum necessary income but only as it relates to the aspect of the calculation of such income for the 2020 taxation year and specifically pertaining to the exclusion, under subparagraph 134(1.1)(b)(iv) of the Regulations, of income received under the EIA from said calculation. For further clarity, sponsors who with the inclusion of income received under the EIA would meet the applicable minimum necessary income threshold for 2020 comply with this condition. They will still need to meet the regulatory requirement from the minimum necessary income perspective for any other taxation years required by the Regulations.
    2. the requirement to have a total income at least equal to the minimum necessary income plus 30% for the 2020 taxation year. For further clarity, foreign nationals with sponsors who with or without the inclusion of income received under the EIA would meet the applicable minimum necessary income threshold for 2020 but who do not meet the requirement to have an additional 30% of income would comply with this condition. They will still need to meet the regulatory requirement to meet the minimum necessary income plus 30% for any other taxation years required by the Regulations.

2) Other Family Class Applicants whose Sponsor Must Meet an Income Requirement:

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Based on the public policy considerations, delegated officers may grant an exemption from the requirements of the Act and the Regulations specified below where a foreign national:

  1. Has applied for a permanent resident visa as a member of the family class pursuant to paragraphs 117(1)(a), (b), (f), or (h) of the Regulations and whose application has been accepted for processing;
  2. Has a sponsor (and co-signer, if applicable), who filed a sponsorship application in respect of the foreign national and where the sponsor (and co-signer, if applicable) complies with all the requirements applicable to the sponsor (and co-signer, if applicable) as described in section 133 of the Regulations except in what concerns the minimum necessary income requirements but only as it relates to the aspect of the calculation of such income for the 2020 taxation year or any month(s) in the 2020 calendar year, and specifically pertaining to the exclusion, under subparagraph 134(1)(c)(iv) of the Regulations, of income received under the EIA from said calculation. For further clarity, sponsors who with the inclusion of income received under the EIA would meet the applicable minimum necessary income threshold comply with this condition.

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