Family Sponsorship – Parents and Grandparents Program

Family Sponsorship – Parents and Grandparents Program

Family Sponsorship – Parents and Grandparents Program

Many great things happen when families are united as the family is the basic social unit of the society. One might even say; a good family will result in a good society. Canada is going a step further to ensure families of all tribes, religion and socio-economic status are reunited through its very generous Family Class Sponsorship Program. This category allows Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, who are at least 18 years old, to sponsor their parent or grandparents to become permanent residents through the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP) or the Super Visa program.
This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) set a target to receive 10,000 complete applications sponsoring parents and grandparents. On January 2, 2018, the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) opened its online portal for submission of ‘Interest to Sponsor form’ by eligible prospective sponsors. This form went live by 12 p.m. and was made available to interested sponsors until February 1, 2018, at 12 p.m. This was the first round of the PGP program which garnered a large number of applications.
It is worthy of note that submitting the form is not the same as submitting an application. By submitting an Interest to Sponsor form, you will be entered into a pool from which 10,000 applicants will be randomly selected. Only those selected through the random draw will be allowed to submit an official application to sponsor their parents or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.
Those chosen in the first round were sent invitations to submit their application in the week of March 19, 2018 and completed applications were expected by May 25, 2018. The IRCC had previously stated that if the department does not receive 10,000 complete applications following the first round of invitations, additional potential sponsors will be invited to apply.
Now, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is initiating a second round of invitations to additional potential sponsors who completed an Interest to Sponsor form earlier this year. Invitations will be sent to potential sponsors beginning on July 31, 2018, and the invitation round is expected to continue for a few days. The additional invitations in this second round will use the same randomized list to invite additional potential sponsors to submit an application. These additional potential sponsors will be given 60 calendar days to send in an application to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
Submitting the Interest to Sponsor form is not an application but it is the necessary first step for those who want to participate in the Parents and Grandparents Program, which allows selected Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada as Canadian permanent residents.
All interested sponsors are asked to first review the eligibility requirements to ensure they qualify for the program, including its income requirements. It should be noted that the updated Interest to Sponsor form now asks interested sponsors to declare that they have the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) to support those they hope to sponsor.
Sponsored parents and grandparents become permanent residents of Canada, with all the benefits that come with it. This includes the right to live and work in Canada without restriction on location, time, or sector, as well as access to publicly-funded health care and other services. Ultimately, sponsored parents and grandparents may become Canadian citizens.
Under the government of Canada’s multi-year immigration plan, around 20,000 new permanent residents will be admitted through the Parent and Grandparent Program in 2018. This figure may include applications submitted prior to 2018.
In order to be eligible for the parent and grandparent sponsorship program, the relatives who are being sponsored must meet certain requirements. As with the majority of immigration applications, parents and grandparents sponsored for permanent residence will have to undergo medical exams, criminal exams, and background checks.
While a medical condition or criminal history may impact your chances of success, it does not necessarily render you inadmissible to Canada. The sponsor must meet certain income requirements, as they will be obligated to support their parents or grandparents and their dependents financially upon the approval of their Canadian permanent residence. If you don’t meet these responsibilities, it could affect your ability to sponsor other family members in the future.
These requirements are as follows:
The sponsor and the sponsored person(s) must sign a sponsorship agreement that:
• commits the sponsor to provide financial support the sponsored person(s) and any other eligible relatives accompanying them for a period of three to 20 years, depending on their age and relationship to the sponsor, beginning on the date they become a permanent resident; and states that the persons becoming permanent residents will make every effort to support themselves.
• Residents of Quebec must sign an ‘undertaking’ with the province of Quebec. This is a contract that binds the sponsorship. Sponsors in Quebec must also meet Quebec’s sponsorship requirements after being approved as a sponsor by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
• The Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) requirement must be met for each of the three years preceding the date of the application to sponsor a parent or grandparent.
• Sponsors applying in 2018 will need to provide proof of income from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the taxation years of 2017, 2016, and 2015.
• The size of the family unit includes the parent(s) or grandparent(s) being sponsored.
All hope is not lost if a person is not selected to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residence as there is the option of applying for a Super Visa for parents and grandparents. This multiple-entry visa can make it easier for parents and grandparents to visit Canada for longer periods of time.
The Super Visa Program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors. Successful applicants receive multiple-entry visitor visas that may last for up to 10 years. Unlike standard visitor visas, a Super Visa allows visa holders to stay in Canada for up to two years on initial entry to Canada.
To be eligible for the Super Visa program, parents and grandparents must meet standard visitor visa requirements. In addition, they must:
• Provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada;
• Show that the sponsor in Canada meets minimum income requirements;
• Prove they have purchased Canadian health insurance for at least one year; and
• Complete an immigration medical examination.
Depending on the nationality, parents/grandparents may require a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to a super visa.
Different yet generous offers, Canada is one of the only country in the world with an outstanding healthcare system. Be rest assured that apart from the joys of having your parents and/grandparents around. They will enjoy longevity, health security and ultimately a better standard of living.

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