The Canadian Government has announced that the popular Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP) will reopen during the month of January. The program allows Canadians to sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents. It is expected that government will invite 20,500 new applicants through a first-come, first-served application process in 2019.
In 2018, the application forms cycle went live on January 2, 2018 and was available until February 1, 2018. Canadian Citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors through this program are required to first complete an online form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website to indicate their interest in applying to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s).
However, the application process for PGP has not been released but one thing is clear that Canada has shifted from randomized lottery system for the selection of applicants for the PGP. In the last two years, the applications under this stream were selected through lottery system after applicant’s submission of their Expression of Interest. In 2019, the government has decided to move to ‘first-come, first-serve method’ from lottery system.
The PGP program will reopen in January 2019 and the details of the 2019 intake system will be released in coming few weeks.
Who can apply for Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP)?
To apply for Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program the sponsor and the person being sponsored must meet certain requirements to become eligible for this program.
The sponsors must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Resident Holders who are living in Canada at the time of filing visa application. Also, the sponsors must also be able to meet the minimum necessary income requirement to prove they have sufficient funds to meet their family member’s expenses when they arrive in Canada.
The applicants being sponsored through this program must be either the parents or the Grandparents of the person sponsoring them. The applicants applying for PNP must meet the requirements as determined by the government. Any person applying has medical or criminal problems will be considered eligible.
The Other Eligibility Requirements are:
The Canadian PR processing time for PGP is anywhere between 20-24 months!
If the applicant is not eligible for PGP, they have other option to come to Canada in an easy way by applying through Super Visa for parents and grandparents.
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