Understanding the Sponsorship Program
The Canadian government provides a Family Class sponsorship program that allows eligible individuals to sponsor their grandparents to become permanent residents.However, this sponsorship entails various financial responsibilities to ensure the well-being of the sponsored individuals.
Minimum Necessary Income (MNI)
To be eligible to sponsor your grandparents, you must meet a specific financial requirement known as the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). The MNI is determined annually and depends on the number of people in your family unit and their respective sizes. It's crucial to demonstrate that you have the financial means to support your grandparents without them requiring social assistance.
Submitting an Undertaking
As a sponsor, you must submit an undertaking, a legal commitment to provide financial support to your grandparents. This undertaking remains in effect for 20 years or until your grandparents become Canadian citizens, whichever comes first. During this period, you're responsible for ensuring their financial well-being, including shelter, clothing, and food.
Repaying Debts to the Government
If your sponsored grandparents receive social assistance during the undertaking period, you, as the sponsor, are obliged to repay the government for these expenses. This ensures that the Canadian social welfare system is not burdened by the financial support provided to your family members.