With an increasing number of parents choosing to travel and reside abroad with their adult children, the Parent Visa is gaining popularity among ex-pats. Sponsoring a parent for permanent residence in your country is no easy task. Parents who wish to live with their adult child must meet certain criteria set by immigration laws.
To sponsor your parent, you, as the primary applicant, must meet specific eligibility criteria. A sponsorship application will require proof of your income, housing arrangements, and relationship with the parent applicant. As such, there are certain things that you should keep in mind before applying for a Parent Visa.
Sponsoring a parent may be challenging but not impossible. With adequate preparation and documentation, you can increase your chances of success when applying for a Parent Visa. Here are seven basic tips for sponsoring a parent visa:
1. Ensure that you are financially stable
The primary applicants who want to sponsor a parent must show that they are financially stable. In the Parent Visa application, you must submit a detailed financial statement. This form will require you to list your income, sources of income, and assets and liabilities. If you are not financially stable, immigration authorities can deny your application.
2. Ensure that you have adequate housing for your extended family members
In addition to meeting the financial requirements, the main applicant must have adequate housing for the extended family members. Therefore, you should submit a detailed plan on how your family members will be able to live in their intended country of residence (the country where the parent is applying for permanent residence).
The main applicant must also prove that he can provide his extended family with accommodations at an affordable rate (this includes food and utilities). If you cannot provide adequate accommodation for your extended family, immigration authorities can deny your Parent Visa application.
3. Monitor Your Social Media Output
As a parent sponsor, you should be careful about what social media posts you make. The Department of Homeland Security will scrutinize your social media accounts to check if you are misrepresenting facts or hiding information.
If you do not want to be found guilty of misrepresentation and fraud, you should be careful about what you post and how often. As a parent sponsor, it is also important to monitor your social media output to ensure that you are not posting anything that may jeopardize the immigration process.
4. Have your main applicant sign a Parent Visa Affidavit
When the main applicant applies for a Parent Visa, he must sign an Affidavit (also known as a Declaration) which states that he is eligible to apply for this type of Visa. The Affidavit also states that the main applicant is financially and legally responsible for the entire extended family. The Affidavit must also note that the main applicant has the financial means to support his extended family.
The main applicant must sign a Parent Visa Affidavit which states that the applicant understands the process and will abide by all laws and regulations in the country where the parent is applying for permanent residence. The main applicant must also include their address, phone number, and email address in this document.
5. Disclose Any Information Required By IMBRA
The parent must also disclose any information that is required by the Inter-American Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters in Criminal Matters (“IMBRA”) between the United States and other countries. They must disclose the parent’s criminal history, including arrests, indictments, convictions, and pending charges.
The parent must also disclose any information that may affect the ability to immigrate. Sunshine Coast Migration agents will ask the parent to disclose any information that may affect their ability to immigrate to Australia.
6. Fill Out All Necessary Forms
To apply for a Parent Visa, you must complete all necessary paperwork and pay the required fees. You will need to fill out several forms to apply for a Parent Visa. These forms are The Interview Declaration Form, The Parent Visa Application form, the Medical Report form, proof that you have submitted your taxes (no more than six months old), and proof of income (no more than six months old).
7. Go to the Interview
Once all the paperwork is submitted, and all the fees have been paid, you will be scheduled for an interview with an immigration officer. If you cannot attend the interview, an appointment can be made for you
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