Canada has just made an announcement to invite 23,100 potential sponsors for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2022.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will seek to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) over the coming two weeks to over 23,100 potential sponsors interested in this program. As of now, the IRCC has stated that this figure is enough to achieve its goal of accepting 15,000 complete sponsorship applications under the PGP in 2022.
The IRCC will seek to welcome candidates who have expressed interest in sponsoring their Parents and Grandparents in autumn 2020. According to IRCC, some 155,000 potential sponsors are still remaining in the pool. Back in 2020, such sponsors were given a 3-week timeline to indicate their interest by completing a form on the IRCC’s website. It managed to accept some 10,000 applications for PGP in 2020. Whereas in 2021, IRCC drew from the same pool to accept around 30,000 applications.
Who is eligible to sponsor under the PGP?
In order to sponsor your Parents and Grandparents, you must:
- Have completed an interest to sponsor form on IRCC’s website between 12 PM ET on October 13, 2020, and 12 PM ET on November 3, 2020.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Must live in Canada.
- Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
- Have enough money to support the people you want to sponsor (by demonstrating you meet the Minimum Necessary Income).
The MNI or Minimum Necessary Income is a key eligibility factor for the Parents and Grandparents Program
(PGP). This proof is only to be provided after the sponsorship has been expressed via the online form. Applicants who have received an ITA, but fail to meet the necessary income requirement – will see their application refused.
Sponsors across Canada, except Quebec, that are invited to apply – will also need to provide Notices of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – for each of the three taxation years preceding the date of their application.
Potential sponsors will also need to determine the size of their family in order to see whether they meet the required Minimum Necessary Income. This includes all individuals who will be financially responsible once they become sponsors, including:
- Their spouse or common-law partner;
- Their dependent children;
- Their spouse’s or partner’s dependent children;
- Any other person the interested sponsor may have sponsored in the past, for whom they’re still financially responsible;
- The parents and grandparents they want to sponsor and their dependents (spouse or partner and dependent children);
- Any dependent children who won’t come to Canada with their parents or grandparents;
- Their parent or grandparent’s spouse or partner, even if they won’t come to Canada;
- Their parent or grandparents’ separated spouse.
Low MNI requirements
The loss of income many have experienced owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRCC has lowered its Minimum Necessary Income threshold in 2020 and 2021 by 30% compared to what it would normally be. Additionally, the IRCC is allowing temporary COVID-19 benefits and regular employment insurance benefits – to be counted towards a sponsor’s income.
Sponsors living in Quebec
Applicants living in Quebec wanting to sponsor a Parent or Grandparent can have their income assessed by Quebec’s immigration ministry. Both the IRCC and the Government of Quebec require a signed undertaking from interested sponsors. This undertaking justifies how long the sponsors will be financially responsible for the family members they are sponsoring.
The length of the undertaking for Parents and Grandparents is 20 years for all Canadian provinces except Quebec. For residents of Quebec, the duration is 10 years.
Potential Parents and Grandparents may also be eligible to apply for a Super Visa, which is valid for a duration of 10 years. The Super Visa allows holders to stay in Canada as a visitor for 5 years without having to renew their status.