Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship

Now with the new Canada Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) reopened briefly to potential sponsors on January 28, 2019, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will process Interest to Sponsor Forms on a first-in, first-served basis thereby replacing the old randomized lottery process. Thus now Canadian citizens and permanent residents can bring their parents and grandparents to Canada through one of two popular programs:

  • The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)
  • The Super Visa Program
Parents and Grandparents Visa

Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP):

The above is a Family Class sponsorship program dedicated to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Parents and grandparents approved under this program receive Canadian permanent residence and may eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.

To be eligible for the above program, an individual must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be residing in Canada (potential applicants will need to provide a proof of status during the Interest to Sponsor phase)
  • exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program (if married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both the sponsor and spouse can be included) and provide proof of income to IRCC
  • sign an undertaking
    • to financially support the sponsored for 20 years (starting when they become permanent residents)
    • Repay any social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members (if applicable) for a period of 20 years
    • If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional "undertaking" must be signed with the province of Quebec.

IRCC plans to have a quota of up to 20,000 complete applications through the PGP by the end of 2019. Once the forms are reviewed for eligibility invitations to apply to the program will be issued based on the order interest to Sponsor forms are received.