A Step-by-Step Guide to Sponsoring Your Parents or Grandparents for Canadian Immigration

A Step-by-Step Guide to Sponsoring Your Parents or Grandparents for Canadian Immigration

Jun 19, 2024

Do you long to share your Canadian life with your parents or grandparents? Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program (PGP) allows you to do just that! This program not only fosters familial bonds but also provides a pathway for seniors to benefit from Canada’s high standard of living, healthcare, and social support systems.

Understanding the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)

Overview of the Program

The PGP operates under specific intake periods where eligible sponsors can submit an “Interest to Sponsor” form. These submissions undergo a random selection process by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Selected sponsors receive invitations to submit complete sponsorship applications, subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.

Sponsor Eligibility Criteria

To qualify as a sponsor, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident aged 18 or older. Permanent residents must reside in Canada to be eligible. Financial eligibility is crucial, requiring sponsors to demonstrate the ability to financially support their parents or grandparents and sign a sponsorship agreement committing to this support for a defined period after their family members become permanent residents.

Responsibilities of Sponsors

Sponsors commit to providing financial support to their sponsored family members for up to 20 years (for sponsors outside Quebec) or 10 years (for sponsors in Quebec). This undertaking includes repayment of any social assistance benefits received by the sponsored individuals during the sponsorship period.

Sounds amazing, right? But where do you start? Don’t worry, this guide will break down the process into manageable steps:

Step 1: Check Eligibility

Before diving in, ensure you meet the sponsorship criteria. You must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Living in Canada (with proof of status).
  • Able to meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) for the previous 3 years. This ensures you can financially support your sponsored family members.

Step 2: Express Your Interest

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses a random selection process. You’ll need to submit an “Interest to Sponsor” form through their website. But be aware, the application window only opens periodically. Stay updated on IRCC announcements to avoid missing your chance.

Step 3: Wait for the Invitation

If selected, IRCC will send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) with specific instructions on completing the sponsorship application. This typically involves gathering documents for both you and your parents/grandparents, including medical exams and police certificates.

Step 4: Submit the Sponsorship Application

This is where things get detailed. You’ll need to compile a comprehensive application package, including proof of your eligibility, financial documents, and your parents’/grandparents’ immigration medical exams. Don’t underestimate the time and effort involved – consider seeking professional guidance.

Step 5: The Application Process

Once submitted, IRCC will process your application. This can take several months, so be patient. During this time, you might be requested for additional documentation or clarification.

Step 6: Welcome to Canada!

If your application is successful, your parents or grandparents will receive permanent resident status and can finally join you in Canada! We can also provide guidance on settlement services to ease their transition into Canadian life.

Dev Immigration – Making Family Reunification Simple and Stress-Free

Sponsoring your parents and grandparents to Canada through the Parents and Grandparents Program represents a significant opportunity to reunite your family and provide them with a secure and prosperous future. We at Dev Immigration ensure your application is handled efficiently and effectively. Together, we can help you achieve your goal of bringing your loved ones to Canada and securing a brighter future for your entire family.

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