Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced dates for the 2020 PGP (Parents and Grandparents Program) intake after coronavirus restricted opening in the spring. Soon Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be able to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada.
The immigration department states that it will allow interest to sponsor forms for the PGP between 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 13 and 12:00 p.m. EDT on November 3. These are an opportunity for people to display their interest in sponsoring their family members for Canadian immigration.
IRCC will then randomly pick possible sponsors and send them an invitation to apply. And the Selected applicants will have up to 60 days to present their completed sponsorship application.
A maximum of 10,000 applications will be accepted in 2020. It will open a new intake of interest to sponsor process in 2021 to accept 30,000 new applications.
The 2020 Canada Parents and Grandparents Program intake is a 3-step Process.
Step 1: Potential sponsors indicate their interest
Step 2: Invitations to apply will be sent to potential sponsors
Step 3: Applications are submitted
Eligibility criteria to sponsor a family through PGP?
According to the government’s web page, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and registered First Nations can sponsor their own parents or grandparents.
Terms to be an eligible sponsor:
- The Sponsor must be at least 18 years old
- The sponsor must be living in Canada
- The sponsor must have enough money to support the people who they want to sponsor.
Eligibility criteria differ for sponsors living in Quebec and people in the rest of Canada. In general, sponsors must have enough financial means to support sponsored family members for 20 years, starting when they become permanent residents. In Quebec, it is 10 years.
In either case, sponsors must sign an undertaking with the government meaning that they’ll provide for the sponsored family member’s basic needs and that the sponsored person will make every effort to support themselves.
If applicants want to sponsor more than one person or couple, they must meet all the income requirements for everyone on the application and their dependants.
Who is a part of extended family?
- Exclusive dating relationship for at least 1 year.
- Non-dependent child
- Sibling, half-sibling, or step-sibling