IMMPROVEDThe Parents and Grandparents Program 2021_ A Brief Guide

The Parents and Grandparents Program 2021_ A Brief Guide

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is well-known for allowing Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to the country. If their parents and grandparents are approved via the PGP, they will also obtain permanent residence and will be able to apply for Canadian citizenship later.

For the nth time, there is an upcoming lottery featured by the PGP on the week of September 20, 2021. There will be invitations that IRCC will send to the potential sponsors. 

The invited chosen sponsors will have 60 days to respond to the invitation, and within that period, they must submit their sponsorship applications to the Canadian government. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) randomly selected 10,000 potential sponsors in January 2021. Meanwhile, the immigration department also announced that they will still accommodate 30,000 applicants invited later in the year with the same lottery process. 

People interested in sponsoring in 2020 but did not receive an invitation may be given a chance by IRCC in the upcoming PGP 2021 lottery draw. 

Below are the requirements to pass the eligibility criteria of the PGP.

Eligibility Criteria for the Parents and Grandparents Program

Here are the eligibility criteria to meet to be fit for the program.

  • Applicants for PGP must be 18 years of age and older; 
  • They must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or status First Nations; and 
  • Applicants must have the means to support the needs of their parents or grandparents

One of the essential requirements for an individual to apply for PGP is to have the means to support their needs and the needs of the family member they are sponsoring. 

To prove that the potential sponsor can support their parents or grandparents, IRCC will assess their Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) for the past three years. Potential sponsors must present this proof after they submit their interest in sponsorship via the online form. The applicants who received their invitations but turned out to be ineligible for not meeting the MNI will be disqualified and have their applications refused.

Applicants can also count the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for their 2020 tax year MNI. The applicants who receive an invitation but live outside the province of Quebec, together with their co-signers, will be required to present Notices of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for each of the past three taxation years.

Sponsors living in the province of Quebec need to demonstrate they have enough financial resources in the last 12 months to help the family member they want to sponsor. Quebec’s Immigration Ministry will assess their income based on the income requirement of the province. The IRCC and the Quebec government will require the sponsors to sign an undertaking that tells how long they will be held financially responsible for the parents or grandparents they are sponsoring.

For provinces outside Quebec, the effectiveness of the undertaking for the family members the residents are sponsoring is 20 years. For Quebec, the length of the pledge for the commitment is ten years.

Final Thoughts

The Parents and Grandparents Program is one way to bring your loved ones to Canada to live with you. By studying and following these guidelines, you will go through the program correctly and try it out.

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