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Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada through the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).  As a result of this program, sponsored parents and grandparents may receive permanent residence in Canada and be eligible to apply for citizenship in the future.

The program offers a few perks of being a Canadian permanent resident. This includes being able to work in Canada, attain health care, get full protection under Canadian law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and apply to become a Canadian citizen. However, to receive the sponsorship, you need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria;

  • Financially support them and their dependents
  • You have to be sure they will not be needing social assistance from the government.

You may be able to sponsor your own parents and grandparents if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed an Interest to Sponsor form on IRCC’s website
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be residing in Canada
  • You must meet the minimum income requirement for this program (if you are married or in a common-law relationship, you can include your spouse’s income as well).
  • Must sign an undertaking
    • To financially support the sponsored for 20 years (beginning when they are granted permanent residency),
    • To repay any social assistance benefits awarded to the sponsored family members (if applicable)
    • An additional “undertaking” with the province of Quebec must be signed if the sponsor is a Quebec resident.

The sponsors across Canadian provinces except for Quebec who are allowed to apply must need to submit Notices of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Having sufficient money (Minimum Necessary Income) is an important eligibility factor under the Parent Grandparent Program (PGP). The potential sponsors are requested to analyze the size of the family to meet income criteria. The list includes all the persons for whom the potential sponsors will be liable;

  • The potential sponsor;
  • Spouse;
  • Dependent children;
  • Spouse’s dependent children;
  • The parents, grandparents, and their dependents
  • Dependent children who are not coming to Canada with their parents or grandparents;
  • Their parent or grandparent’s spouse or partner, even if they don’t wish to come to Canada;
  • Their parent or grandparents’ separated spouse.

Whom You May be Able to Sponsor

  • You may sponsor your parents and grandparents, associated by blood or adoption.
  • Even if they are divorced or separated, you can sponsor your parents and your grandparents’ spouses, or conjugal or common-law partners.
  • If your brothers and sisters, or half brothers and sisters are eligible dependent children you may include them in your application.
  • If you sponsor more than 1 person, you should meet the income requirements. You may also sponsor their dependents.

Note: The people whom you want to sponsor must also meet certain eligibility like all required forms and documents must be submitted with their application. Including, medical certificates, police certificates, and biometrics.

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