Happy news for Canadian citizens and PR holders who want to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada! The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reopened its Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) on January 2. IRCC is expecting to receive 10,000 new applications in 2018.
Under this program, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. Once received permanent residence under this program, parents and grandparents can eventually apply for citizenship, if they wish.
The application process for Parents and Grandparents Program
As the first step, the interested sponsors must fill out the Interest to Sponsor online form, which will be available until February 1st, 2018 at 12 pm. The IRCC randomly selects the sponsors from these forms. The selected applicants are invited to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada as Canadian permanent residents. All the applicants who have submitted the online form will be informed if they have been invited or not. Those who receive the invitation will have to submit a completed application along with supporting documents within 90 days.
Basic requirements for Parents and Grandparents Program sponsors:
- The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- The sponsor must be above the age of 18 years
- The sponsor must exceed the minimum necessary income level
- The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance paid to the sponsor and accompanying family members, if any, for a period of 20 years if necessary.
- If the sponsor lives in Quebec, an additional undertaking has to be signed
The sponsors have to prove that they can meet the minimum income requirements with notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). They must also prove that they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years.
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