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|Posted on 8 January, 2017 at 2:50|
Find out if you or your family members are eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Program based on the eligibility criteria.
There are different ways to sponsor your parents to come to Canada. If your goal is to have them visit you for a short period of time say 6 months, a VISITOR VISA will do. If you want them to stay longer than 6 months in Canada, the SUPERVISA is the one you need, and if you want them to stay in Canada for good and become a Permanent Residents themselves then the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) Program is the way to go.The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada as Canadian permanent residents. Individuals who wish to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) will first be required to complete an online form indicating their interest in the program. This form will be available beginning at 12 p.m. EST on January 3, 2017 and ending at the same time on February 2, 2017.The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly invite 10,000 individuals to submit an application. They will be notified whether they have been invited or not. Those who are not invited may indicate their interest in applying in 2018. Candidates who are invited to apply will have 90 days to submit a complete application, including all supporting documents. The range of supporting documentation may be extensive, including income taxation records, documents relating to civil status, and more. The 2017 application kit and guide will be available online as of January 9, 2017.In the Immigration Levels Plan for 2017, the government of Canada established a target of 20,000 new permanent resident admissions to Canada through the PGPPGP eligibility criteria:It should be noted that the latest program update pertains to the application process, but does not change eligibility criteria.Sponsors under the program must meet the following requirements:• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;• Be 18 years of age or older;• Meet 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 in Quebec must satisfy particular income requirements, different from sponsors in the rest of Canada). 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; and• The sponsor and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to provide financial support for the sponsored person for up to 20 years. This agreement also states that the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support themselves. Again, sponsors in Quebec have different requirements (see below).Income requirementsSponsors under the PGP are required to satisfy income requirements, which have been increased slightly since the most recent application cycle. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the latest minimum income requirements to ensure that they meet the requirements.Super VisaThe PGP is not the only option for bringing parents and grandparents to Canada; there is also the Super Visa, a multiple-entry visa that allows parents and grandparents to enter Canada as long-term visitors. Super Visa holders may stay in Canada for up to two years on initial entry, and the visa is valid for up to 10 years. One advantage of this visa is the shorter processing time (as compared with a PGP application). However, Super Visa holders may not work in Canada, and the visa is not a permanent resident visa.To find out if you or your family members are eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Program based on the eligibility criteria for the most recent application cycle.