looking to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents in 2019 may begin the
process by submitting an Interest to Sponsor form on January 28 at NOON Eastern
form will be available for a limited time and Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship Canada will invite potential sponsors to submit a complete
application, in the order their submissions were received, until the 2019 cap
of 20,000 complete applications is reached.
first-in, first-served approach will replace the randomized invitations process
for IRCC’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) that was used last year.
Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, said the Interest to Sponsor form has
been improved to include features that can help the department detect duplicate
submissions and prospective fraud.
eligible to sponsor a parent or grandparent to Canada?
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- be 18 years of age or older;
- support the sponsored person and their
- meet the minimum necessary income level for
this program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian
Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship.
- demonstrate they have met the minimum
necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a
common-law relationship, the income of both persons can be included; and
- sign a sponsorship agreement that commits the
sponsor to provide financial support for the sponsored person for up to 20