Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program 2019 to reopen January 28

Individuals
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
Standard Time.

 The
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.

This
first-in, first-served approach will replace the randomized invitations process
for IRCC’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) that was used last year.

Canada’s
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. 

Who is
eligible to sponsor a parent or grandparent to Canada? 

Potential
sponsors must

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • support the sponsored person and their
    dependants financially
  • 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
    years.