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IMMIGRATION - I would like to sponsor my mother

Published:Tuesday | December 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Dear Ms Powell,

I am a Jamaican living in Toronto. I would like to sponsor my mother, who is retired, to come to Canada so that she can help me with my two children. What are the requirements? How do I go about doing this?

- K.L.

Dear K.L,

On January 2, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) reopened the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa programme which would allow you to sponsor your mother to visit you in Canada for up to two years.

As a sponsor, you will need to undertake to support your mother during the time that she is in Canada. You will also need to include proof of your relationship, your option C printout or your Notice of Assessment for the last three years. You must also include an invitation letter which outlines the arrangements for her care and support, including information about the number of persons currently residing in your home.

To be eligible for the Super Visa, your mother would need to have a valid passport and must be in good health. She will be required to do medical examinations and demonstrate that she has obtained private medical insurance, valid for at least one year, from a Canadian insurance company. This policy must cover health care and hospitalisation, with a minimum coverage of C$100,000. This information must be available for review when your mother enters Canada. You must submit a properly completed application with all the required forms, all supporting documents and pay the required fee.

CIC will only be accepting 5,000 applications in 2015. The applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. The application process can sometimes be challenging to individuals, therefore, in order not to miss the cap, I strongly recommend that you use an authorised representative to assist you and your mother.

Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in Immigration, Real Estate, Commercial, Personal Injury, Family and Administration of Estates. She is on the Roster of Mediators for Ottawa, Toronto and the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica. Email: info@deidrepowell.com, Subject: Immigration Telephone: 613.695.8777.