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IRCC Selected 10,000 Sponsors to apply for Parent & Grandparent Program (PGP) of Canada

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 26, Apr 2017

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The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) has selected 10,000 sponsors, who showed in their interest in Parent and Grandparent Program in the beginning of the year. The IRCC made a change in the format of Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) this year. The PGP allows the eligible sponsors to invite their parents and grandparents to Canada. However, the sponsor must be the citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Lets find out more about the PGP selections under the new format.

10,000 Sponsors Selected- Require Submitting Application within 90 days

The sponsors who have been selected by IRCC will have 90 days to submit the complete application along with all the supporting documents to invite their parents or grandparents to Canada under Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP).

Also Read- Canada invited over 35,000 People for Permanent Residency till April 2017 via Express Entry- Apply now to be the next

The PGP process started earlier this year when IRCC invited the online Interest to Sponsor from the interested sponsored willing to invite their parents and grandparents to Canada. As many as 95,000 applicants submitted the Interested to sponsor form online, out of which, IRCC has now selected the 10,000 sponsors as per the annual PGP quota.

Whats new with the PGP this year?

This year many things have been changed in the Parent and Grandparent Program. Lets take a look.
  • Annual Quota of applications doubled
This year, IRCC has doubled the quota of annual applications from 5,000 to 10,000 per year. This was an important step taken by the liberal government of Canada, which is committed to enhance the family reunification process in the country.
  • PGP Application Process Format Changed
Prior to year 2017, the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) was based on First come, First served pattern, however, the IRCC this year made a crucial change in the program and introduced the process of submitting online Interest to Sponsor form first. Under this new process, the Canadian permanent residents and citizens, who are willing to sponsor their parents to Canada, will submit the Interest to Sponsor form online. Subsequently, IRCC will choose the 10,000 sponsors randomly from the pool of candidates.
  • Window of 90 days
The eligible sponsors who have received the invitation from IRCC to submit complete applications require submitting their complete applications along with required documents within 90 days. The deadline for submitting complete application for PGP with documents is July 24, 2017.

Why IRCC took time to invite complete applications?

The interest to sponsor form was submitted in the month of January, 2017; however, IRCC invited the complete applications on April 25, 2017. This was because the IRCC was busy in eliminating the duplicate profiles received in the PGP pool of sponsors.

Eligibility requirements

The sponsors of PGP require meeting the following criteria:
  • Sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • He/she must be 18 years of age or above
  • Sponsor must fulfill thecriteria of minimum essential income level
  • A PGP Sponsor requires signing a sponsorship agreement to offer financial support to the sponsored parents/grandparents

Need Assistance to apply for Immigration to Canada?

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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