Send your application to right Canadian Visa Office

You might have a kind of application about Canada’s citizen service or immigration service. But when you are ready to submit your application package, you might have the problem that you do not know which Canadian Visa office (centre) you should submit to.

For example, when we have an application about sponsor parents to immigrate, or when we want to extend stay in Canada, which Visa office we should submit to ? The answer is that these two application should submit to two different office, which located in tow different provinces.

The following is the list of Canadian Visa Office and their services, the information is from current cic official site, they might change after some period, please confirm the information when you need them:

Note: Here only list Visa Offices inside Canada.

Offices in Canada

Most applications made in Canada are handled through the case processing centres (CPCs) below. Some CIC offices offer in-person assistance or self-help kiosks.

CPC Vegreville

CPC Vegreville processes:

extensions of temporary resident status and temporary resident permits
work and study permits

applications for permanent residence by some classes in Canada and
loans for the right of permanent residence fee.

CPC Mississauga

CPC Mississauga processes applications to sponsor family members living abroad.

 

CPC Sydney

CPC Sydney processes applications for:

permanent resident cards (new and renewals) and
citizenship (applying, renouncing, revoking and resuming).
 

Centralized Intake Office, Sydney

The Centralized Intake Office receives all Federal Skilled Worker applications.


Canada Changed Sponsor Parents Policy Again

Canadian Government always changed Sponsor Parents Policy since they think the old people immigrants causes more burden for Canada.

Today, the Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced today: New applications to sponsor parents or grandparents to Canada will not be accepted for two years as his officials work to clear the backlog.

Note: As of November 5, 2011, no new applications to sponsor parents or grandparents will be accepted for processing for up to 24 months. This temporary pause will allow us to focus on those applicants already awaiting a decision and reduce the backlog in the parents and grandparents category. This does not affect sponsorship applications for spouses, partners, dependent or adopted children and other eligible relatives. New applications received on or after November 5, 2011, will be returned to the applicant, including fees.  — from CIC

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And, Kenney said Ottawa will increase from 15,500 in 2010 to 25,000 in 2012 the number of parents and grandparents being allowed to come here.

Also, A new 10-year, multiple-entry “Parent and Grandparent Super Visa” will allow holders who qualify to remain in Canada for two years without a need for renewal. The supervisa, which Kenney calls "the most generous" temporary visa provision in Canadian immigration history, would cost $150, the same as all multiple entry visas, and will be available next month.


Sponsor Parents to Immigrate to Canada in 2011 Part 2

The is the part 2 since we posted Part 1.

Here we resolve a FAQ first:

We heard that if your parents visit Canada and stay in Canada lawfully over 1 year, their immigrant application can be submitted to Buffalo in USA so that they might get faster process time.

This is a good news, but is it an real information? Does it come from government official department or website?

The answer is YES. Please check the following:

Where to send your application:

Applicants for Permanent Residence

You must select the visa office that serves your country of nationality or the country where you have been legally admitted for at least one year.

So now we know it is a real policy.

But, how we can say living in Canada over 1 year can submit application to Buffalo ?

Scroll down on the same webpage, you can find the following table:

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The 1st column is Country, from the 2nd column is related visa office.

So now we can confirm that if our parents visit us and stay in Canada over 1 year, and if the sponsor ship passed, our parents can submit the immigration application to Buffalo.

(to be continued)

 

 

Sponsor Parents to Immigrate to Canada in 2011 Part 1

There was a series accident when we posted the Part 2, we covered the original Part 1 article ! So in fact this is not the original Part 1 content. We are very sorry!

We tried to search from internet and finally we got the following content from cache:

Sponsor Parents to Immigrate to Canada is harder and harder. Because obviously Canada or Canada government does not like Parents who live in foreign countries immigrate to Canada since they think senior parents can not contribute to Canada but just want get thing from Canada.

What ever, here we do not want to discuss other topic, we just focus on how to sponsor parents to immigrate to Canada.

First of all, we should find information from government website: Application to sponsor a member of the family class.

Also, we must know there is a big change now which compare with old policy:

Note: As of July 18, 2011, applicants for Permanent Residence are asked to complete the new Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008). Applicants are encouraged to complete the form electronically and validate the information to generate 2D barcodes before printing. To ensure you have the most recent application form, please use the link to the application form below.

And, NOT ONLY for sponsor stage, but also for 2nd stage if your application submitted prior to July 18,2011:

If your application was submitted prior to July 18, 2011, you must complete the new Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) and the Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669) as per the instruction in your letter.

1:  The sponsor’s guide (IMM 5196)

Some Notes from Guide:

You must complete separate applications for each person you want to sponsor. Each application may include that person’s family members.

The above means our parents can use the same application form. However, The application for your parents would identify one of your parents as the person being sponsored (principal applicant) and the other parent as his or her family member.

About income:
prove that you have sufficient income to provide basic requirements for your spouse or common-law partner’s dependent children. To do this, you must provide documents showing your financial resources for the past 12 months. This requirement applies only when dependent children who have dependent children of their own are included on the application.

Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)
(Effective from January 1 to December 31 2011)
Size of Family Unit    Minimum necessary income
     
1 person     $22,229
2 persons    $27,674
3 persons    $34,022
4 persons    $41,307
5 persons    $46,850
6 persons    $52,838
7 persons    $58,827
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add    $5,989

Do I have to maintain a minimum income during the processing of the application?

Your income must meet or exceed the minimum necessary income requirement, as identified annually in the Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICO), on the date which the sponsorship application is signed.
Income may be reassessed at any time during processing if new information is received or brought to our attention that you may no longer meet the minimum income requirements.

 
Document Translation:

Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by the English or French translation, and an affidavit from the person who completed the translation.

Translations by family members are not acceptable.

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”.

2011 Low Income cut-off for Canada Sponsorship of parent

Sponsorship of parents, grandparents, adopted children and other relatives — The sponsor’s guide (IMM 5196)

Tables and charts

1: Federal Government:

 Low Income Cut-off (LICO)

Effective until December 31, 2011

Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary income
1 person (the sponsor) $22,229
2 persons $27,674
3 persons $34,022
4 persons $41,307
5 persons $46,850
6 persons $52,838
7 persons $58,827
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $5,989

 

2: Quebec Province:

Effective from January 1 to December 31, 2011

Table 1 – Basic Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Own Family

Total Number of Family Members Basic Annual Income Required
1 C$20,975
2 C$28,315
3 C$34,958
4 C$40,205
5 C$44,747
The gross annual income is increased by C$4,542 for each additional dependant.

Table 2 – Additional Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Sponsored Person and His/Her Family Members

Persons 18 and over Persons under 18 Gross Annual Income
Required by Sponsor
0 1 C$7,261
0 2 C$11,507
The gross annual income required is increased by C$3,837 for each additional person under 18.
1 0 C$15,343
1 1 C$20,614
1 2 C$23,276
The gross annual income required is increased by C$2,660 for each additional person under 18.
2 0 C$22,499
2 1 C$25,204
2 2 C$27,207
The gross annual income required is increased by C$1,997 for each additional person under 18 and by C$7,153 for each additional person 18 or over.

 

(From cic.gc.ca)

2009 Low Income cut-off for Canada Sponsorship of parent

The Low Income Cut-Off higher again:

Sponsorship of parents, grandparents, adopted children and other relatives — The sponsor’s guide (IMM 5196)
Tables and charts

1: Federal Government:

Low Income Cut-off (LICO)

Effective until December 31, 2009

Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary income
1 person (the sponsor) $21,666
2 persons $26,972
3 persons $33,159
4 persons $40,259
5 persons $45,662
6 persons $51,498
7 persons $57,336
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $5,838

2: Quebec Province:

Table 1 – Basic Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Own Family

Total Number of Family Members Basic Annual Income Required
1 C$20,584
2 C$27,787
3 C$34,306
4 C$39,455
5 C$43,913
The gross annual income is increased by C$4,457 for each additional dependant.

Table 2 – Additional Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Sponsored Person and His/Her Family Members

Persons 18 and over Persons under 18 Gross Annual Income
Required by Sponsor
0 1 C$7,126
0 2 C$11,292
The gross annual income required is increased by C$3,765 for each additional person under 18.
1 0 C$15,057
1 1 C$20,230
1 2 C$22,842
The gross annual income required is increased by C$2,610 for each additional person under 18.
2 0 C$22,079
2 1 C$24,734
2 2 C$26,700
The gross annual income required is increased by C$1,960 for each additional person under 18 and by C$7,020 for each additional person 18 or over.

(From cic.gc.ca)