For PGP 2021, Canada issued 30,000 applications for Canadian citizens and PR holders to apply for their sponsorship program.
IRCC has not revealed the complete information about the 2022 draw.
According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), it will issue around 23,500 applications under the 2022 plan.
What is Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)?
Canadian citizens and people having Canada’s permanent residency can sponsor their parents and grandparents to migrate to Canada. Parents and Grandparents who get approved under this program become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Eligibility for PGP Program
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act;
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Be residing in Canada;
- Meet the minimum necessary income level for the PGP (married and common-law partners can combine income if they want to co-sign the application) and provide proof of income to IRCC by submitting Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Notices of Assessments;
- Sign a legal undertaking that they commit to financially supporting the sponsored individuals for 20 years; and to repay any social assistance claimed by the individuals within this period.
The minimum income requirements depend on the size of the family and the place where the candidate is residing. If the candidate is living outside Quebec, then he will be assessed based on the income of 2021, 2020, 2019 tax years. Candidates residing in Quebec will be assessed on income over the past 12 months.
Benefits of PGP Program
Parents and Grandparents can enjoy the following benefits under this program:
- they can work in Canada;
- get full protection under the law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- they can get healthcare benefits.
Who can not sponsor their Parents or Grandparents?
Candidates are not eligible to sponsor a parent and/or grandparent if they:
- Are less than 18 years old;
- Will not live in Canada when applying to sponsor the parent and/or grandparent and/or when the sponsored parent and/or grandparent becomes a permanent resident;
- As a potential sponsor, an applicant’s primary residential address must be in Canada at the time of applying and until a decision is made on the application.
- Are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or a registered Indian in Canada;
- Are a temporary resident who is visiting, studying, or working in Canada on a visa or permit;
- Have a permanent residence application that is still in the process
-A potential sponsor must have permanent resident status at the time of submitting the sponsorship application.
- Cannot show proof of income that demonstrates they have the required Minimum Necessary Income (MNI).
In addition, individuals may not be eligible to sponsor a parent and grandparent if they:
- Are in jail, prison, or penitentiary;
- Did not payback:
-an immigration loan
-a performance bond
-court ordered family support payments such as alimony or child support
- Did not give the financial support they agreed to when signing a sponsorship agreement to sponsor a relative in the past
- Declared bankruptcy and are not discharged
- Receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
- Were convicted of a violent criminal offense, an offense against a relative, or any sexual offense inside or outside Canada
- Cannot legally stay in Canada and must leave the country because they received a Removal Order.
IRCC may have additional reasons for considering a person ineligible to sponsor a parent and/or grandparent.
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