Canada’s Parents and Grandparents starts accepting applications

Those who wish to sponsor their parents or grandparents to immigrate to Canada can start the process by applying online. Expression of Interest for Parent and Grandparents Program (PGP) period begins today, October 13, and runs for three weeks until November 3.

The PGP allows Canadian citizens and eligible permanent residents and persons with First Nations status over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents to obtain permanent residence in Canada. IRCC has a target of 10,000 full PGP applications for 2020.

What is the application process for PGP?

Interested persons have to submit an online sponsorship interest form during the current submission period to be considered for an invitation to apply to the PGP. November 3 is the last day to complete the application. 

Once they have submitted an interest to sponsor form, applicants must wait to see if they are among the 10,000 applications that will be drawn by IRCC to receive an invitation to apply. If an applicant receives an invitation to apply, they must pay the required application fees and submit a completed sponsorship application within 60 days. You will receive an application package that includes a checklist of documents, forms that you and the people you wish to sponsor must complete, and an instruction guide.

For the candidates applying from Quebec, they must obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate from the Quebec government and submit it to IRCC as part of the application.

How to submit your interest to the sponsor form?

The person who wishes to sponsor must complete the Interest to sponsor form. Make sure you have a digital copy of your passport or proof of status in Canada.

You will need to provide information on the Interest to Sponsor forms, such as the number of people in your immediate family, the number of people you want to sponsor, and the names and dates of birth of those you want to sponsor.

After the candidate has submitted the form, you will see a page with a confirmation number. It is important to keep this number in a safe place so that you can check whether you have received an invitation to apply.

What are the eligibility criteria for PGP?

Anyone over 18, a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, can sponsor their parents and grandparents.

For the sponsors who want to sponsor their parents or grandparents will need to confirm that they have the necessary income for the number of family members, they are supporting financially.

While it is not necessary to provide proof of the required income during the first stage of expression of interest in sponsorship, potential sponsors who are invited to apply and their co-signers (if applicable) will be required to provide a Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency. for each of the three tax years immediately preceding the date of their application thereafter.

IRCC notes that promoters will be required to meet income requirements for 2020, 2019, and 2018 tax years. IRCC understands that promoters will not have received their 2020 Notice of Assessment by then, so promoters will need to do so. submit as soon as it becomes available.

The minimum income required is shown in the following table. Please note that this applies to applicants from all provinces and territories except Quebec.

Income required for the 3 tax years right before the day you apply (sponsors applying in 2021)

Total number of peoples you’ll be responsible for 2020 2019 2018
2 $32,899 $41,007 $40,379
3 $40,445 $50,414 $49,641
4 $49,106 $61,209 $60,271
5 $55,695 $69,423 $68,538
6 $62,814 $78,296 $77,095
7 $69,935 $87,172 $85,835
For each additional member $7,121 $8,876 $8,740

The total number of people for whom the sponsor will be financially responsible includes the following:

  • Interested sponsor;
  • Their spouse or common-law partner;
  • Their dependent children;
  • Dependent children of their spouse or partner;
  • Any other person that the interested sponsor may have sponsored in the past, for which he is still financially responsible;
  • Parents and grandparents they wish to sponsor including their dependents (spouse or partner and dependent children);
  • Any dependent child who will not come to Canada with his parents or grandparents;
  • The spouse or partner of their parents or grandparents, even if they will not come to Canada;
  • The spouse separated from their parents or grandparents.

Sponsors living in Quebec will have their income assessed by the Quebec Immigration Department based on the province’s income requirements. Quebec has different income requirements from those of other provinces. Potential sponsors and their co-signer (if applicable) must show that they have had sufficient financial resources within the past 12 months.

Whether you are in Quebec or another province, interested sponsors must submit a signed commitment. This commitment shows how long the sponsor will be financially responsible for the family members they sponsor.

For residents of all Canadian provinces except Quebec, the duration of the commitment of parents and grandparents is 20 years. For residents of Quebec, the duration of the engagement is 10 years.

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