The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is scheduled to reopen on January 4, 2016, at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Applications received before this date will not be accepted. As usual, there will be a cap on the number of applications accepted. Although this figure has not yet been disclosed, the cap was 5,000 for the last cycle. The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada as Canadian permanent residents.
The program had been on pause for a few years. When it opened briefly in 2015, all 5,000 allocations were full within 2 weeks. As a result, we predict that the allocations for 2016 will also be very competitive.
For the most recent application cycle, the sponsor in Canada must have met the following requirements:
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons can be included;
- The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years, if necessary. If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional ‘undertaking’ must be signed.
Get a head start on your application! Contact us today to start the sponsorship process.
Our office is located at #708-1155 West Pender St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6E 2P4, by appointment only.
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