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Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canada Immigration to open again in January 2017 with new condition

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 05, Nov 2016

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The popular Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) of immigration to Canada is going to open again on January 3, 2017. The PGP will accept 10,000 new immigration applications for Canada Immigration from the applicants.

What is PGP?

The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) is an excellent immigration program that allows the Canadian permanent residents and citizens to sponsor their overseas parent and grandparent to get permanent residency in Canada.

The federal government intends to give more weight to family class category immigration in the coming years. And PGP is the part of family class immigration only. This is the reason that immigration target for year 2017 has been doubled to what it was in year 2016.

Why you must apply fast as applicant?

If you wish to apply for PGP visa, you must prepare your file now to apply first as soon as the program opens in January, 2017. The demand for Parent and Grandparent visa is expected to exceed the supply this time around. Hence, despite governments decision to double the intake of application to 10,000 the PGP is going to cap very fast, i.e. within few days.

The PGP intake of 2016 is a good reason to believe that demand is going to be immense this time around as well. In 2016, initially the cap limit for PGP Visas was 5000 applications. However, it got caped within 3 days only, after opening of the intake on January 4, 2016. As many as 14,000 applications for PGP received between dates January 4, 2016 to January 7, 2016. Hence, the IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) accepted the first 10,000 applications for processing. And within few weeks time, IRCC announced to double the application intake to 10,000 applications for the year 2017.

Eligibility Criteria for the Sponsor of PGP applicant

The person sponsoring a PGP applicant must meet the following parameters.

  • The sponsor must be 18 years or above
  • The sponsor must be a Canadian permanent resident or citizen
  • He/she needs to give assurance to provide the financial support to the sponsored relative for period of three to ten years, depending on their age and relationship to the sponsor. And this particular period starts from the time when the sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Need to surpass the minimum essential income required for PGP and need to submit the notice assessment provided by the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) in this regard. The sponsor or sponsors (if more than one) must show that he/she/they met the minimum income level consistently for last 3 years. The income of married or common law partner can be included in the minimum required income level.
  • The sponsored relative and the sponsor need to sign a sponsorship agreement that asks the sponsor to provide financial support for the sponsored person if essential. This agreement also says that the individuals becoming permanent resident will make every effort to support themselves. However, the dependent children (below 19 years) do not have to sign this agreement. The Quebec residents need to sign an undertaking with the province of Quebeca contract binding the sponsorship.

Latest income requirements

As per the new income requirement, the Canadian Permanent residents and citizens sponsoring the foreign parent and grandparent need to prove definite minimum income thresholds in order to become an eligible sponsor. Such minimum requirements have now been amended or revised. Hence, the sponsored must check the latest minimum income requirements.

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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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