The government of Canada announces details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program on October 05, 2020
Starting October 13, 2020, the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program will accept interest to sponsor form online. With a cap of 10,000 placed on application intake, prospective sponsors should submit an interest to sponsor form online.
Due to COVID-19, the launch of the 2020 PGP Program was delayed to allow the Government of Canada to prioritize its efforts to contribute to the whole-of-government response to the global pandemic.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select potential sponsors and send them an invitation to submit an application. Selected applicants will have 60 days to submit their application.
Canada’s immigration policy allows sponsorship of both parents and grandparents living abroad. The Parents and Grandparents Program, known as the PGP, allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.
A maximum of 10,000 applications will be accepted for processing as part of the 2020 PGP intake. In 2021, IRCC will open a new intake of interest to sponsor forms to accept a total of 30,000 new applications.
Accommodation is available to persons with disabilities who are unable to use the online form. They can request the interest to sponsor form in an alternative format (paper copy, Braille or large print) by contacting the IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 or by email until November 3, 2020.
In order to be eligible as sponsors under the current program, Canadian citizens and permanent residents must meet the following criteria:
You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents if:
- you’re at least 18 years old
- you live in Canada
- you’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- you have enough money to support the persons you want to sponsor
- To show that you have enough, you’ll have to provide your proof of income.
Permanent Residency sponsorship starts from $1050 for each applicant
20 to 24 months
What are my options if I am not invited?
You can apply for Parent and Grandparent Super Visa which will allow parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for a period of 2 years at a time without leaving country. Super visa doesn’t result in permanent residence but gives an option to stay together with the loved ones
To find out if you are eligible for a family sponsorship or super visa, please fill the assessment form.