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Canada Parents & Grandparents Program (PGP) Program - Target for 2018 Increased to 17,000

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 08, Aug 2018

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Canadian government has increased the annual target for Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). The government accepts the 10,000 applications per year from Canadians, interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents to Canada. However, for this year, the target has been increased by the government.

The Parent and Grandparent Program allows the Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to Canada. The sponsors first have to submit EOI form and accordingly, IRCC invites them to submit the complete sponsorship application under PGP.

PGP target increased for 2018

The IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has raised the target for Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) by 7,000. Hence, the total number of applications to be accepted from the sponsors of PGP in the year 2018 are 17,000. The update has been issued by the Immigration Minister, Mr. Ahmed Hussen himself.

Earlier, the announcement also came from IRCC that it will continue to invite those sponsors of PGP, who submitted Interest to sponsor form in the beginning of this year. The government has further confirmed its commitment of easing the process of family reunification to allow Canadians reunite with their families in the country.

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How additional invites will be issued?

The extra invites will be issued via similar random selection procedure which IRCC implemented earlier to invite the sponsors in the start of the year. The applicants of PGP sponsorship, who get the invite from IRCC, will have 60 days (from the date of receipt of invitation) to submit the complete application to sponsor their Parents and Grandparents to Canada.

The successful applicants will be able to apply permanent residence for their parents and grandparents under family class sponsorship of Canada.

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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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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