Canada Parents and Grandparents Program to open in January 2018

Posted on December 26, 2017

Recently the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced the reopening of Parents and Grandparents program. According to the news, the online forms (Interest to Sponsor forms) for this sponsorship program will be available for from 2 January 2018, 12 p.m till 1 February 2018, 12 p.m.

Who is eligible for this program?

This program is exclusively for Canadian permanent residents or citizens who want to sponsor their parents or grandparents to live with them in Canada. This program falls under the category of Family class immigration and requires the basic prerequisites as below:

  • Candidate must be PR or a citizen
  • Must be above 18 yrs old
  • Meet a certain income level and submit notices of assessment issued in support of their sponsorship, by Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Provide evidences that he/she can support their dependants financially well
  • Come into a sponsorship agreement which binds him/her to financially support the sponsored person for up to 20 years
  • Candidates residing in Quebec must meet Quebec’s sponsorship requirement (after IRCC approval)

How does this program work?

The first step to sponsoring parents or grandparents through the PGP program is to submit an online application. This is called Interest to Sponsor. The IRCC selects potential sponsors at random from all the Interest to Sponsor submissions received and invites the selected candidates to sponsor. However, along with candidates who are selected, those who are not selected will also be notified about their application status.

Alternative to PGP

Similar to the PGP, is a Super visa that allows multiple entries for parents and grandparents of PRs or citizens of Canada to live and stay in Canada. On the Super Visa, the sponsored get a chance to stay as long as 10 years upon extension (initial entry up to 2 years).