The Canadian Government authorities announced that the Canada Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program is set to reopen somewhat late in Jan 2019. This Program allows citizens and PRs to sponsor their parents/grandparents for PR in Canada. IRCC said that the relevant details regarding the opening of PGP will be informed in the future.
Last year Canada reopened the Parents and Grandparents Program for accept Expressions of Interest on Jan 2nd. Furthermore, for the present year, IRCC has planning of processing nearly 20,000 applications in the PGP. It will issue ITAs to 20000 eligible sponsors on the timing of arrival basis.
Parents and Grandparents Program: Removal of a lottery system
IRCC has replaced the controversial lottery system for PGP Program with the timing of arrival approach to accept applications. This system attracted extensive criticism and was unfair to many persons waiting for years to sponsor their loving relatives. The Government subsequently withdrew it. Moreover, the present application process is flexible.
The eligibility norms to sponsor parents /grandparents are:
• An age of 18 years
• Being A Canadian citizen or PR
• Meeting income requirements
Upon the arrival of parents/grandparents to Canada after obtaining the sponsorship, the applicant also has to provide financial support to them. They must not be dependent on governmental social assistance.
The interested persons in sponsoring have to first submit an Interest-to-Sponsor form to the IRCC. Once the program opens, the authorities invite the persons who submitted the Interest to Sponsor form for applying to the sponsorship.