How I Secured a Supervisa Without a Notice of Assessment

picture of a supervisa applicationAfter many months (perhaps years) you’ve finally become a permanent resident of Canada.  Often, your next step is to get a supervisa (i.e, a 10 year visitor visa) for your parents.  You complete the paperwork and the next communication from Citizenship and Immigration Canada is a request for your latest Notice of Assessment (NOA).

Uh oh.

You haven’t worked in Canada for one taxation year, and you do not have (and can not get) a Notice of Assessment.  You search the various Canadian immigration forums and you find a string of discussions that categorically state that obtaining a supervisa without an NOA is impossible.

Not true.

I just secured a supervisa for a client who was in the circumstance described above without an NOA.  In response to the CIC request for an NOA, I provided nine months of printed bank statements for the period prior to the application.

In addition, I provided a signed letter from the client’s accountant on firm letterhead calculating her taxable earnings year-to-date through self-employment.  I also had the accountant add that her income did not include any of the following:

(i) any provincial allowance received for a program of instruction or training,

(ii) any social assistance received from a province,

(iii) any financial assistance received from the Government of Canada under a resettlement assistance program,

(iv) any amounts paid under the Employment Insurance Act,

(v) any monthly guaranteed income supplement paid under the Old Age Security Act, and

(vi) any Canada child tax benefit paid under the Income Tax Act.

The accountant confirmed my client’s business status and provided a phone number in case a visa officer needed to speak with him.

After several weeks, this information was accepted in lieu of an NOA.

There are several items to note here.  First, my client was self-employed.  This may or may not work with someone who earns employment income (versus business income).  Second, my client’s earnings far exceeded the minimum income requirements under LICO.  Someone who is very close to the LICO minimum income requirements may not get the same results.  Finally, my client had solid evidence of earnings in the period immediately preceding that of the application.  Someone without such evidence may again get a different outcome.

As always, this blog is not legal advice – there are always countless variations to any application that should be reviewed by a Canadian immigration lawyer.  I’ve provided this information to show that there are no hard and fast rules regarding NOA’s and supervisas in my experience.  There may be a solution to your dilemma if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile