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The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP) offers Canadian citizens and permanent residents the opportunity to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada.
Over a two week period beginning the week of September 20, 2021, IRCC will hold a lottery to invite 30,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents to submit their sponsorship applications.
IRCC will only consider those who submitted an interest to sponsor form on its website between noon EDT on October 13, 2020 and noon EDT on November 3, 2020. If you did not submit an interest to sponsor form in 2020, you may wish to apply for a Super Visa.
To be eligible the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program, sponsors must:
Applicants to the PGP will have to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their application.
To be eligible under the Parents and Grandparents Program, you must:
Your spouse or common-law partner can help you meet the income requirement by co-signing the undertaking. If a co-signer is helping you meet the MNI requirements, the co-signer must meet the same eligibility criteria as you, the sponsor. In addition, your co-signer must:
· have cohabited with you in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents, related by blood or adoption. In case of divorce or separation, you can sponsor your parents’ and your grandparents’ spouses, or conjugal or common-law partners.
In the application, you can only include your brothers and sisters, or half brothers and sisters, if they qualify as dependent children. You may sponsor more than 1 person or couple if you meet the income requirements for all the people you want sponsor and their dependants (spouse, partner and children).
The people you sponsor must also be eligible:
To show they meet the eligibility requirements, your parents and grandparents and their dependants must provide:
You, the sponsor (and your co-signer, if you have one) must prove you have enough income to support all the people you’ll be financially responsible for once you become a sponsor. This includes yourself.
If you’re invited to apply, you have to provide proof that you meet the income requirements for each of the 3 tax years before the date you apply.
This table applies to you if you live in any province except Quebec. If you live in Quebec, the Quebec ministry in charge of immigration will assess your income.
Income required for the 3 tax years right before the day you apply (sponsors applying in 2021)
|Total number of people you’ll be responsible for||2020||2019||2018|
|If more than 7 people, for each additional person, add:||$7,121||$8,876||$8,740|
Since many sponsors may have been affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, the income requirement for the 2020 tax year has been reduced to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%.
Also, family class sponsors will be able to count these benefits in their income calculations for the 2020 tax year:
· other temporary COVID-19 related benefits as long as they’re not part of provincial social assistance programs
To become a sponsor, you must promise to financially take care of the persons you are sponsoring for a period of time. This is called promise an undertaking.
The undertaking commits you to:
Also, you and your sponsored family members need to agree to certain responsibilities during the undertaking period. We call this the sponsorship agreement.
The sponsorship agreement means that:
You must meet Quebec’s immigration sponsorship requirements after getting approval. The Quebec ministry in charge of immigration will assess your income. You must also sign an undertaking with the province of Quebec.
Yes, the super visa is a multi-entry visa. It allows multiple entries for up to 10 years.
Currently, most visitors to Canada may visit for up to six months when they first enter Canada. Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for an extension, and pay a new fee. With the parent and grandparent super visa, eligible parents and grandparents can visit family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their status. The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. The key difference is that the Super Visa allows an individual to stay for up to two years at a time in Canada, while a 10-year multiple entry visa would only have a status period for each entry of six months only. There are also specific requirements that you must meet to be able to get a super visa.
The key difference is that the super visa allows multiple entry periods lasting up to 2 years. Those travelling on a 10-year multiple-entry visa can only stay for up to six months per entry. A single-entry super visa is also available. This remains at the discretion of a visa officer.
Yes, you can withdraw your sponsorship application at any time. You can still apply for a super visa.