Canada is relaxing income requirements for family class immigration applicants to allow people to sponsor loved ones, even if they have lost income due to the coronavirus.
The new temporary public policy means that Canadians who sponsor their foreign family members do not have to earn 30 percent more than the minimum income required for their region in 2020. Sponsors will also be able to count benefits from Regular EI in their income calculations for that year, as opposed to only EI special benefits.
These changes do not apply to sponsors from Quebec, as the province has its family sponsorship program.
Promoters must still meet the minimum income requirement and all other application requirements for other relevant tax years. This means that all other relevant years, they must meet the 30% additional income requirement.
The new measures apply to Canadians applying to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), which will open the door to expressions of interest on October 13. All the new measures also apply to the following family members:
The new policy went into effect on October 2 and will end when all eligible requests are processed.
New Ministerial Instructions signed by Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino say the reason for the exemption is due to the financial challenges Canadians faced during the coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses have had to close or downsize their staff and as a result, many people have claimed unemployment benefits or lost income.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the income requirement for the 2020 tax year will be more difficult for some sponsors to meet,” read Mendicino’s instructions, “This could result in the denial of applicants for permanent residence otherwise eligible, including both current and future family class applicants whose sponsor must meet a minimum income requirement. “
The new policy aims to ensure that sponsors are not unfairly impacted by the effects of the pandemic in their sponsorship applications for this year or for any future year where income levels for 2020 would impact eligibility.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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