Canada’s Parent’s and Grandparent’s sponsorship program was opened yesterday for a very short period. Upon receiving enough submissions from eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) closed the program to expressions of interest.
At the start of the program, IRCC announced it would accept 27,000 Interest to Sponsor forms on a first-in, first-served basis in the year-to-year application round for its Parents and Grandparents Program, known as the PGP.
Eligible citizen and permanent residents over the age 18 can apply through the PGP to sponsor their parents and parents for immigration to Canada. And candidates must meet those requirements in order to be able to apply for the program.
The 2019 target for approving sponsorship is a total of 20,000 applications within at least one round in order to fill out the set quota. As you see, out of 27,000 applicants only 20,000 will receive an invitation to apply.
Upon Receiving an Invitation
Selected sponsors who get an invitation will have 60 days to fill out and submit an application together with all required documents. All the instructions for completing applications can be found in the 2019 application package.
IRCC will inform in writing about the exact date to submit an application. Applicants won’t be able to extend their submission deadline. Those who don’t receive an invitation this year will be considered for the review in 2020, according to the IRCC.
Minimum Income Requirement
One of the important factors is a requirement that a sponsor can provide evidence of sufficient minimum income to cover living expenses for the family members they’ll be financially responsible for, including the sponsor. Invitees will have to present a Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for their income.
For potential sponsors who live outside of Quebec, will have to provide Notices of Assessment for three previous consecutive taxation years. For example, if got your invitation and have your 2018 Notice of Assessment, you’ll have to complete the Notice of Assessment from 2018, 2017 and 2016 along with your application.
However, interested sponsors who don’t have a 2018 Notice of Assessment will have to submit their Notices of Assessment from 2017, 2016 and 2015. Or, they can allow the IRCC to get their Notices of Assessment directly from the CRA.
The Minimum Necessary Income criteria are calculated based on the family size – dependents a sponsor will be financially responsible for. So here is the list of family members:
- The potential sponsor;
- His spouse or a common-law partner;
- His children;
- His spouse’s or partner’s dependent children;
- Any other person the potential sponsor is still responsible for to support financially;
- The parents and grandparents they want to bring to Canada, including their dependents;
- Any dependent children who are not coming to Canada with their parents or grandparents;
- His parent and grandparent’s spouse or who are not coming to Canada;
- His parent or grandparent’s separated spouse.
- Sponsors who are residents of Quebec will be evaluated by the Quebec’s Immigration Ministry.
Potential sponsors will have to provide a signed commitment which states the length of time the sponsor will be financial liable for the family members. For residents of Quebec, the length of commitment is 10 years and for the rest Canadian provinces – 20 years.