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Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) of Canada to reopen on January 2, 2018

Posted - 23, Dec 2017

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shall reopen the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) of Canada on January 2, 2018. The PGP is a popular immigration program that allows the Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for immigration to Canada. The PGP not only allows sponsors to bring parents in Canada, but also allocates them permanent resident status.

Parent and Grandparent Program with new changes

The IRCC implemented new changes in the popular Parent and Grandparent Program in beginning of this year. The idea was to make the process of sponsoring parents and grandparents to Canada easier and transparent. As per the changes applied in 2017, the Canadians interested in sponsoring their Parents and Grandparents to Canada need to first show interest for sponsoring, through an online ‘Interest to Sponsor’ form.

Once all the interested sponsored submitted interest to sponsor form, IRCC will then choose the potential sponsors randomly, and subsequently, invite them to submit complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents to Canada.

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The ’Interest to Sponsor’ Form will be available from on January 2, 2018

On December 22, 2017, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Mr. Ahmed Hussen, has recently announced that the “Interest to Sponsor” form will be available at noon (as per the local time) on January 2, 2018. The people interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents to Canada in the year 2018, need to first fill and submit this form available online from January 2, 2018 to February 1, 2018.

However, to help the authorities make PGP process faster and efficient, people are requested to only fill the “Interest to Sponsor” form if they fulfil the eligibility criteria of the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP). Here are the key eligibility requirements for this key immigration program.

Eligibility requirements

An applicants of PGP must:
  • Be minimum 18 years or above
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be Meeting the specified income requirements
  • Willing to support that person and their dependants financially
  • Submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship.
  • Interested sponsorship applicant must also show they have met the minimum necessary income level for 3 consecutive years. The income of spouse or partner can be included
  • Both, i.e. the sponsor and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to provide financial support for the sponsored person for up to 20 years.

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If you are looking to apply Canada PR visa through, PGP, Express entry, PNP, or any other permanent residence program of Canada, you may contact Visas Avenue immigration expert for inclusive Documentation process assistance and support. You may call the Visas Avenue expert at Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, you can e-mail your queries and details to E-mail id- to [email protected].

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