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10,000 Sponsors Have 90 Days to Submit Application to Parent and Grandparent Program

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has chosen at random 10,000 sponsors who wish to submit an application to bring their parent(s) or grandparent(s) to Canada as permanent residents through the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP).

These 10,000 sponsors have just 90 days to submit a complete application, including all supporting documentation.

According to IRCC, these 10,000 sponsors represent around 17,000 sponsored persons, as an application can include more than one sponsored person. The 10,000 sponsors were selected from a pool of around 95,000 potential sponsors who had submitted an ‘Interest to Sponsor’ form earlier this year.

While the form has been unavailable since February 2, it took IRCC until April 25 to announce that it had made its random selection of potential sponsors for this program. In the meantime, the department was removing duplicate profiles from the pool of potential sponsors.

Each individual who submitted the form has been contacted with news regarding their submission, including those who were unfortunate not to receive an invitation on this occasion. These individuals have the option to indicate their interest in applying in 2018.

This is the first time that IRCC has operated the PGP in this fashion. Previously, the PGP operated on a first-come, first-served basis. However, this was found to create problems for applicants and IRCC staff alike, as individuals seeking to bring loved ones to Canada through the PGP were reportedly paying large sums to couriers in an effort to get their application to the top of the pile for a program that was inundated with more applications than available spots.

While the application process and application package has changed for 2017, it should be noted that eligibility requirements (outlined below) have not changed.

In addition to changing the system, IRCC took another step this year to alleviate the supply and demand issues that have cropped up in the past by doubling the annual intake of new applications from 5,000 to 10,000.

Indeed, the government of Canada’s 2017 Immigration Levels Plan sets a target to welcome 20,000 new parents and grandparents as permanent residents in 2017. Consequently, with up to 17,000 sponsored persons due to be sponsored over the coming months, this will allow IRCC to reduce the backlog of previously submitted applications even further, something that it has been successful at doing over recent years.

Source: IRCC

IRCC has also taken steps to accelerate application processing times under the Family Class programs, including the PGP, with former Immigration Minister John McCallum having given a commitment to reducing processing times as recently as December of last year.

Only 90 days to apply

Sponsors who received an invitation to apply this week have only a 90-day period during which they may apply and submit all supporting documents, meaning that there is a deadline of July 24, 2017. Among other material, sponsors must submit income taxation records and documents relating to civil status.

Sponsors are also required to sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored relative(s) for 20 years for a certain period. This period is for 20 years for sponsors residing in a Canadian province and territory other than Quebec, and 10 years for sponsors residing in Quebec.

The eligible relatives must promise to make every effort to become self-supporting.

Eligibility requirements

PGP sponsors must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Meet the minimum necessary income level by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons may be included; and
  • The sponsor must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits him or her to provide financial support for the sponsored person(s) (details above).

At this time, it remains unknown whether these criteria will remain the same for the next application cycle.

If you have received an invitation to apply to the PGP, you may contact us to learn more about the next steps regarding your application.
To find out if you or your family members are eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Program based on the eligibility criteria for the most recent application cycle, please fill out a free online assessment.

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46 thoughts on “10,000 Sponsors Have 90 Days to Submit Application to Parent and Grandparent Program

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    You are right. Nobody cares about our parents and they not getting any younger, it’s really sad. I can’t leave my mom more than that, I have to choose between my mom and staying here :-(((

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    Mohammad ali

    Dear sir or madam
    I want to come to canada please help me how i can to get a visa from
    Thank you
    Mohammad Ali Rasouli

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    I applied litteraly a minute after they opened the new PGP program I think in February, to receive 3 month later a negative answer. Financially between my income and my wife’s we are far within the conditions and requierements to bring my mother to Canada. We have a solid plan and even more solid reasons aside from the emotional factor, to bring my mother to Canada. Not only for the lack of plans from the government as regard as an affordable daycare system that gather at least minimum standards for the well being of our children; not to mention the outrageous prices and stupid conditions the private daycare places are asking; We do want my mother to be the primary caregiver for our children when we are working and be part of their life, since is proven that is a huge benefit intellectually and culturally to be raised in other languages aside from English and/or French. But no, government does not care about family matters…And yes,…. getting in touch with CIC through phone to get a simple answer can be more difficult than an audience with the prime minister. Let’s be straight about it;… they just don’t care…

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    My parents came over from the UK. A commonwealth country and we KNOW that we qualify. We have enough funds as do my parents.
    Why o why are they allowing this lottery with people’s futures?!?
    Reading above it states that people were paying too much for courier to allow applications to be submitted on time. I would rather pay this knowing it will be received and in progress rather than waiting 3 months to then find out we were not one of the lucky ones!
    What happens to those spaces that applications do not qualify? Will we be contacted to then apply?
    This is so frustrating. Our parents don’t have ANY family back home now. They are in their 70’s and want to be with their family.

    Come on please re look at this Immigration!

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    i have sponsored my parent this month from india … how long its going to take for whole process . thanks

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    I am really wondering why people are not checking whether they are qualify for submission before they put themselves in the draw. We work so hard to make our self qualify for the program and now we didn’t get picked but someone who are not qualify get picked. I am really hoping this system can change a little bit, at least to make sure all the interests in the draw are qualify for submit the application.
    By the way for the people who are not qualify, please please read the eligibility before you put in draw as there are so many people who have been working hard to meet the qualification and put a lot hope this draw.

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