Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program is Closed to Expression of Interest

Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program Closure Canada - Akkam Overseas

Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program (PGP) of Canada is now closed to the Expressions of Interest after its grand opening on January 28, 2019.

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program allows the eligible permanent residents and Canadian citizens over 18 age to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Canada Immigration.

IRCC’s aim was to accept 27,000 Interest to Sponsor forms this year on a first-in, first-served basis. IRCC said those who successfully submitted their forms of Interest to Sponsor should receive an email within 24 hours of confirmation of receipt.

Interest to Sponsor form submission and the required status proof in Canada document is a mandatory starting point for the individuals interested in the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program.

IRCC might again open the Interest to Sponsor form later in 2019 in case it needs more potential sponsors.

The candidates who received an invitation will have 60 days to submit their complete application with all necessary documents. The applications must adhere to the instructions provided in the application package of 2019.

Important Requirements

The processing time for applications submitted on time is 20 to 24 months. If you have submitted your Interest to Sponsor form and received a confirmation but have not received an Invitations this year, then IRCC will hold your form and will consider in 2020.
The potential sponsors must provide the proof of their enough income to support themselves and their families.

The potential sponsors who are invited to apply and their co-signers must provide Assessment notice from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Your application will be refused in case you are invited to apply and you didn’t meet the minimum necessary income requirement.
The candidates who are living outside Quebec must provide the Notices of Assessment for their three taxation years preceding the application date.

The sponsors who have their 2018 Notice of Assessment, have to submit their Notices of Assessment from 2016, 2017, and 2018 with their application.

The sponsors who are invited to apply and do not have their 2018 Notice of Assessment must submit their Notices of Assessment from 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Those who live in Quebec will have their income assessed by the Quebec Immigration Ministry on the basis of Quebec’s income requirements.

According to IRCC, the easiest way for the sponsors to provide their income proof is to allow them to retrieve their Notices of Assessment directly from the CRA.

Included Family Members

The potential sponsors can sponsor below family members under the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program:

  • The interested sponsor;
  • Their spouse/common-law partner;
  • Their dependent children;
  • Their spouse’s/partner’s dependent children;
  • Any other person the interested sponsor may have sponsored in the past, for whom they’re still financially responsible;
  • Parents and grandparents, and their dependents (spouse/partner and dependent children);
  • Any dependent children who won’t come to Canada with their parents/grandparents;
  • Their parent/grandparent’s spouse or partner, even if they won’t come to Canada;
  • Their parent/grandparents’ separated spouse.

Minimum Necessary Income Requirements

Look the below table for the minimum income required that applies to the residents of all provinces except Quebec :

Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program : Minimum Income Requirements

Both Quebec’s government and IRCC needs the interested sponsors to provide a signed undertaking which will establish the time the sponsor will be financially responsible for their family members they sponsor from the moment they become Canadian permanent residents.

The length of the undertaking is 20 years for the residents except Quebec and 10 for the residents of Quebec.
The potential sponsors have to repay any social assistance by a sponsored family member during the length of their undertaking.

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