IRCC has just announced the application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022 and plans to issue invitations to apply over the next two weeks to 23,100 potential sponsors. They also mentioned that this figure is enough to achieve its goal of accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the PGP 2022. Those who expressed interest in sponsoring their parents or grandparents in autumn 2020 will be drawn from the list of those who have expressed interest. They even mentioned that approximately 155,000 potential sponsors remain in the pool. Sponsors were given three weeks to submit a form on IRCC’s website indicating their interest.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada organized a lottery and accepted around 10,000 applications for the PGP 2020. In 2021, IRCC accepted 30,000 applications for the PGP 2021.
PGP Eligibility Criteria
One stands eligible to sponsor their parents and grandparents if:
- One has completed an interest to sponsor form between 12 PM ET on October 13, 2020, and 12 PM ET on November 3, 2020
- One is at least 18 years old age
- The applicant resides in Canada
- One is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- One has enough funds to support the people one wishes to sponsor
The Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) is a key eligibility factor for the PGP. This proof of essential income is only to be offered after interest in sponsorship that has been expressed through an online form. If an applicant is selected and invited to apply but does not meet the minimum necessary income requirement, their application will be rejected.
Sponsors and their co-signers (if any) across Canada (except Quebec) must provide the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with Notices of Assessment for each of the three taxation years before the date of their application if they are invited to apply.
To confirm that they meet the minimum income requirements, sponsors will need to determine the size of their family, including all the people whom they will be financially responsible for when they become sponsors, including:
- Interested sponsor
- Spouse or common-law partner
- Dependent children
- Spouse’s or 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 they wish to sponsor and their dependents
- Dependent children who won’t come to Canada with their parents or grandparents
- Parent or grandparent’s spouse or partner, even if they won’t come to Canada
- Parent or grandparents’ separated spouse
It has been reported that many people have lost income due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which is why IRCC is lowering its MNI thresholds by 30% compared to what they would normally be. Additionally, IRCC is allowing regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits (such as Canada Emergency Response Benefits) to be counted toward a sponsor’s income.
Canadians who are planning to sponsor a parent or grandparent residing in Quebec will have to get their income evaluated by Quebec’s immigration ministry, based on the province’s income requirements. IRCC and the government of Quebec need a contracted undertaking from the interested sponsors. The undertaking outlines how long the sponsor will be financially responsible for the family members they are sponsoring from the time they become permanent residents.
The duration of the undertaking for parents and grandparents is 20 years for Canadian residents of all provinces except Quebec. Residents of Quebec are required to make this commitment for ten years.
The Super Visa is also available to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and allows them to remain in Canada as visitors for five years without having to renew their passports. The Super Visa is valid for 10 years and is valid for all citizens of Canada.