Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) now open for applications

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Parents and Grandparents Program

Canadian citizens and permanent residents like Grace Sorenson now have a chance to sponsor their parents and grandparents under the Government of Canada‘s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

The program is now accepting expressions of interest from interested Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

To start the process, Canadian citizens and permanent residents need to first fill up a form online. This form will be an expression of interest, essentially putting their names in the pool of interested sponsors.

After three weeks, new expressions of interest will no longer be accepted.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then randomly choose 10,000 sponsors who submitted expressions of interests, and will invite them to submit formal applications.

Hundreds of thousands of prospective sponsors are expected to submit expressions of interests.

Grace Sorenson is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who immigrated to Canada. She spoke with CBC about how challenging the process of sponsoring her mother continues to be.

“I will be so heartbroken not to be picked this time as my mom is getting older and with diabetes,” Sorenson told CBC.

Sorenson’s mum is 87 years old. She hopes that she gets the chance to sponsor her this time around.

PGP NOW ACCEPTING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM PROSPECTIVE SPONSORS

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is now accepting Interest to Sponsor forms on the official Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete and submit the forms from Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

IRCC will randomly choose from the forms submitted. There will be 10,000 spots available under the PGP.

Those chosen by random will be asked to submit sponsorship applications to sponsor eligible relatives to join them as permanent residents in Canada.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SPONSORING UNDER THE PGP?

Family reunification has always been a priority for the Government of Canada.

Parents and grandparents have been shown to make positive contributions to Canadian households.

Canadian households who have parent and grandparents living with them have been shown to have greater purchasing power than those that do not.

Having parents and grandparents in Canadian households who can provide childcare allow their children and grandchildren more flexibility to work more hours.

The PGP is not the most popular immigration program in Canada, which many Canadians thinking that sponsoring parents and grandparents would not benefit them financially.

Many Canadians think that sponsoring parents and grandparents would instead involve additional costs, including healthcare.

The PGP only constitutes 6% of the total number of new immigrants to Canada on a yearly basis.

Relatives who are sponsored under the PGP must meet the minimum requirements of the program, including passing medical exams that would show that they would not put excessive demands on Canada’s publicly funded healthcare system.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents must also commit to supporting their relatives financially for 20 years. This means that the Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident who is sponsoring relatives under the PGP must pay any social assistance they receive.

The Government of Canada’s immigration policies balance the country’s economic and social priorities with its humanitarian commitments.

60% of new immigrants to Canada come to the country under economic programs, while the remainder come under different programs such as family reunification and humanitarian programs.

Interested applicants (Canadian citizens and permanent residents only) will be able to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come and join them in Canada. Interested applicants can sign up to express their interest in sponsoring eligible family members under the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) starting at 12:00pm EDT on Tuesday October 13, 2020.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will select interested applicants by random.

Interested applicants randomly selected by IRCC will receive an invitation to submit an application.

Interested applicants who receive an invitation from IRCC will have 60 days to submit a complete sponsorship application.

IRCC will accept 10,000 PGP applications foe 2020, and will accept 20,000 additional PGP applications in 2021.

To make things easier for interested applicants, IRCC is temporarily reducing the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income to accommodate interested applicants who may have been adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

HOW TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM?

Interested applicants (Canadian citizens and permanent residents only) can fill up an interest to sponsor form on the official IRCC website from 12:00pm EDT on Tuesday October 13, 2020 to 12:00pm EDT on Tuesday November 3, 2020.

Interested applicants who require accommodation may contact IRCC by phone at 1-888-242-2100 or email at IRCC.PGP.CORRECTION-CORRECTION.PGP.IRCC@cic.gc.ca.

IRCC will select interested applicants at random. Selected interested applicants will receive an invitation from IRCC.

Invitations to apply will only be issued to interested applicants chosen by IRCC and will not be transferable.

Interested applicants will have 60 days to submit a complete sponsorship application.

Only 10,000 PGP applications will be processed by IRCC for 2020.

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO SPONSOR FAMILY MEMBERS UNDER THE PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM?

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor eligible family members under the PGP must meet the minimum requirements to do so.

Interested applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • living in Canada
  • must be able to provide financial support for eligible family members for 20 years

Additional requirements for interested applicants from the province of Quebec:

  • must be able to provide financial support for eligible family members for 10 years
  • interested applicants will submit to income assessment

Interested applicants will be required to sign an undertaking that they will take care of the basic needs of the eligible family member to be sponsored, and that the eligible family member that will be sponsored will make every effort to support themselves.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBERS

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor eligible family members under the PGP.

Eligible family members include:

  • biological parents and grandparents
  • adoptive parents and grandparents
  • step-parents (if divorced or separated)
  • siblings and half-siblings under 22 years old

In case interested applicants would like to sponsor more than one eligible family member, they must meet the minimum income requirements for every eligible family member as well as any qualified dependents.

Eligible family members who will be sponsored must meet the minimum requirements, including providing the results of medical exams, police certificates and biometrics.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents cannot sponsor family members who are:

  • in-laws
  • spouse’s parents and grandparents
  • incarcerated individuals
  • individuals who have outstanding immigration loans, performance bonds, court-ordered family support payments, bankruptcy declarations and other circumstances

Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to come and join them in Canada as Permanent Residents themselves. Here’s what you need for sponsorship under the Parent Grandparent Program (PGP).

Requirements:

At least 18 years old,
A Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
Must be able to support parents or grandparents financially

Steps in applying:

First you have to check if you (the Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident) are eligible to apply.

Check your eligibility
Submit the online Interest to Sponsor form.
Wait for invitation from IRCC to submit complete application.
Submit your complete application.
When you are approved as a sponsor, your parent or grandparent’s eligibility will be assessed by IRCC. Check for processing times.
When approved, Submit your Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF).
Prepare for your parents or grandparents arrival.
For more information about the Parent Grandparent Program (PGP), visit the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

For more information about the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), click here.


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