IRCC expects to process up to 20,000 new applications through its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced via Twitter that the popular Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program will reopen to expressions of interest in late January, 2019, using a new system. IRCC further said that details of the next opening will be released “in the coming weeks.”
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) enables Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.
IRCC will accept up to 20,000 applications through the PGP in 2019. Invitations to apply will be sent to the first 20,000 eligible sponsors who submit an Interest to Sponsor form and fulfill the program’s requirements. However, rather than randomly selecting the sponsors to apply, as was the case in 2017 and 2018, IRCC will invite them to submit an application to sponsor their parents and grandparents based on the order in which it receive their Interest to Sponsor forms, i.e., first-come, first-served approach. This process will continue until IRCC attains the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications.
The first-come, first-served approach will replace the controversial randomized lottery process as many had criticized the latter being unfair to those who had been waiting for years to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents.
IRCC said, “Using this tailored intake process will give the government more flexibility in the application process, ensuring that we receive as many applications as possible”.
The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP): an overview
PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents. Sponsored parents and grandparents become permanent residents of Canada, with all the benefits that come with it including the right to live and work in Canada without any restriction on location, time, or sector, along with access to publicly-funded health care and other services. Eventually, sponsored parents and grandparents can become Canadian citizens.
Both the sponsor and the person(s) being sponsored have to meet certain eligibility requirements.
- be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
- meet certain income requirements; and
- support the sponsored person(s) and their dependants financially
The sponsor and the sponsored person(s) need to sign a sponsorship agreement that:
- commits the sponsor to provide financial support to the sponsored person(s) and any dependent accompanying them for a period of three to 20 years, depending on their age and relationship to the sponsor; and
- states that the sponsored person(s) becoming permanent residents will make every effort to support themselves