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Parents and Grandparents Program
The Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program is a unique pathway under the Family Class Immigration Category for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Canadian citizenship.
How does the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program for Canadian Permanent Residence work?
Canada expresses a significant emphasis on family reunification, attracting and retaining immigrants. Canadian citizens and permanent residents need to submit an interest to sponsor form under this category.
Every year the ICCRC releases its quotas for the PGP, and the sponsors who have their interests registered may be eligible under this quota. ICCRC then, as per its discretion, sends out invitations to the eligible applicants, who then get a 60-days time frame to complete the application.
Who can apply to sponsor parents and grandparents for Canadian citizenship?
The criteria for applying to sponsor parents and grandparents include:
Eligibility: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can apply to sponsor their parents or grandparents if they are above 18 years of age and in Canada.
Finances: As a sponsor, you must have sufficient funds to support your dependent family members and the members you wish to sponsor. You will need to provide your Notice of Assessments for the past three years from the date of submission. The income required is subject to change every year and is also dependent on the number of individuals you are financially responsible for. A spouse or a common-law partner may co-sign your application to meet financial requirements and will be required to submit other relevant documents as well.
Exclusions: Citizens and PR holders residing outside Canada cannot apply for sponsorship under the PGP Program. Temporary residents and individuals with permanent residence applications in the process are not eligible to apply under this program.
Under what legal circumstances are you ineligible to sponsor your parents or grandparents?
You will not be able to sponsor your parents or grandparents for permanent residence in Canada if you:
- are in jail, prison, or penitentiary
- did not pay back an immigration loan, a performance bond, or support payments such as alimony or child support
- did not give the financial support you agreed to when you signed a sponsorship agreement to sponsor someone else in the past
- declared bankruptcy and are not discharged
- receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
- were convicted of a violent criminal offense, an offense against a relative, or any sexual offense inside or outside Canada
- cannot legally stay in Canada and must leave the country because you received a Removal Order
Why should you hire a Representative for PGP Sponsorship?
Applicants under the PGP have only 60 days to submit a complete application. Incomplete applications, have missing fees, or are received after the deadline are returned and not processed. Sponsors and applicants in this situation must submit a new interest form the following year and wait to receive a new invitation to apply. Hiring representation avoids the risk of returned, delayed, or refused applications.