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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:
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.