In 2022, you can sponsor your parents or grandparents to immigrate to Canada.

Last revised: Saturday, December 27th, 2022
Sponsor PGP 2021 V2

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The application period for PGP 2022 has closed. IRCC has extended an invitation to 23,100 potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents or grandparents, with a target of receiving 15,000 complete applications. Sponsorship applications received by IRCC between 12 p.m. Eastern Time on October 13, 2020 and 12 p.m. Eastern Time on November 3, 2020 were considered.  

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Family members of citizens and permanent residents of Canada can apply to immigrate to the country through sponsorship. In this program, Canadian citizenship and permanent residence are granted to parents and grandparents who meet certain criteria.

Once they meet the requirements, your parents and grandparents will be able to apply for Canadian citizenship, work in Canada, access Canadian health care, enjoy full protection under Canadian law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and apply for permanent residence in Canada.

The steps taken to arrive at the 2021 PGP were as follows:

First, check to see if you're qualified.

To move on to Step 2, you must have submitted an Interest to Sponsor form via the IRCC website between October 13, 2020 12:00 PM EDT and November 3, 2020 12:00 PM EST.

Third, modify your 2020 interest to sponsor forms with the new information.

The fourth step was for the IRCC to randomly select up to 30,000 sponsors between September 23, 2021 and October 4, 2021. The deadline for sponsors to submit their applications to IRCC was set at 60 days.

Sponsors must have fulfilled the following requirements to participate in the Parents and Grandparents Program in 2021:

  • Have submitted an Interest to Sponsor form through IRCC's website between October 13, 2020 (12:00 PM EDT) and November 3, 2020 (12:00 PM EST).
  • Possess Canadian citizenship, be a permanent resident of Canada, or be a Canadian Indian Act-registered Indian;
  • Possess a minimum age of 18;
  • Live in Canada (during the Interest to Sponsor phase, applicants will be required to provide documentation proving their eligibility to work in Canada);
  • Provide IRCC with proof that your income is above the program's minimum requirement (if you're married or in a common-law relationship, you can count both of your incomes).
  • Put your name on the dotted line
    • to provide financial assistance to the sponsored for a period of twenty years (beginning with the sponsored's permanent resident status); and
    • to pay back, over a period of 20 years, any public assistance funds disbursed to the sponsored family members.
    • A separate "undertaking" must be signed with the province of Quebec if the sponsor resides in Quebec.

The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) issues notices of assessment that applicants can use to demonstrate that they have earned enough money to qualify for the PGP.

Yes After IRCC approves you as a sponsor, the government of Quebec may have additional requirements that you must fulfill. The government of Quebec will also conduct a tax assessment. With the province, you'll need to sign a second sponsorship agreement.

The steps taken to arrive at the 2021 PGP were as follows:

First, check that you are qualified to apply.

Second, you must have submitted an Interest to Sponsor form via IRCC's website between October 13, 2020 and November 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT/NOON EST.

Third, make any necessary changes to the data you provided on your 2020 interest to sponsor forms.

Method 4: From September 23 to October 4, IRCC chose 30,000 applications at random.

Fifth, if a sponsor's name is drawn, they have 60 days to send IRCC a full sponsorship application.

Sixth, apply to the government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate ("CSQ" in French). Send it to IRCC once you have it.

For the three tax years prior to the date of application submission, your annual income must have been above the Minimum Necessary Income established by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Sponsors residing in Quebec are subject to a unique Minimum Necessary Income requirement. In order to calculate your MNI, the Canada Revenue Agency will look at your Notice of Assessment. For the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2021, the following table outlines the Minimum Necessary Income requirements for those who do not reside in Quebec.

The Size of the Family MNI
2020 MNI
2019 MNI
2018 2 persons $32,270 $41,007 $40,379 3 persons $39,672 $50,414 $49,641 4 persons $48,167 ,209 ,271 5 persons $54,630 ,423 ,358 6 persons ,613 ,296 ,095 7 persons ,598 ,172 ,835 With every new addition, ,985 ,876 ,740

An individual's ability to fulfill a sponsorship obligation in Quebec is presumed if they have a combined gross income from Canadian sources equal to the amounts shown in Tables 1 and 2 below. within the past year prior to the application, and show proof that you will maintain it for the duration of the project.

Essential yearly income level
If your group is larger than 5, please consider

Table 2 only includes information about the sponsored individual. Sponsors should add the appropriate amount from Table 1 to the appropriate amount from the right-hand column of Table 2 to calculate the Mini Principal Applicants should add the appropriate amount from Table 1 to the Mini Principal Applicants should add the appropriate amount from Table 2 to the right-hand column of Table 2 to calculate the Mini Principal Applicants' Mini Necessary Income. requirement

There will be a need for the sponsor to provide more money in order to meet the basic needs of the sponsored individual and his or her family.

Total number of adults

Sum of all people younger than 18

The sponsor must meet a minimum annual gross income threshold.

For every additional person under the age of 18, the minimum yearly gross income required rises by $4,619.
The total number of adults
The total number of people who are under the age of eighteen
There is a minimum annual gross income requirement for sponsors.
If you have more children under the age of 18, your minimum yearly gross income requirement rises by $3,203.
The total number of adults (those aged 18 and up)
Total number of people under the age of 18
The sponsor must have a minimum annual gross income.
The minimum yearly gross income needed rises by $2,404 for each additional child under the age of 18 and ,610 for each adult over the age of 18.

Those who do not meet the following requirements cannot be sponsors for parents or grandparents:

  • Are under the age of eighteen;
  • Does not plan to be in Canada at the time of applying to sponsor the parent or grandparent or at any time after the sponsored parent or grandparent becomes a permanent resident;
    • A candidate for sponsorship must maintain a Canadian residence both during the application process and until a decision is made on the application.
  • Not a citizen of Canada, a permanent resident, or an Indian with a Canadian registration;
  • Are a foreign national currently in Canada on a visitor's, student's, or worker's visa or permit;
  • Possess a pending application for permanent residence
    • Sponsorship applications can only be submitted by individuals who are, at the time of application, permanent residents of the country.
  • Cannot provide sufficient income documentation to prove they meet the MNI requirements.

Also, some people may not be allowed to sponsor their parents or grandparents because:

  • In some kind of correctional facility
  • Neglected to repay:
    • financial aid for newcomers
    • the provision of a performance bond
    • money awarded by the court to help a family out, such as alimony or child support
  • Did not provide the promised financial aid when sponsoring a family member in the past
  • Filed for bankruptcy but were not granted a discharge
  • Make use of government programs for people who don't have disabilities
  • You Have Been Found Guilty of a Crime in or Outside of Canada Involving Violence, Against a Relative, or Sexual Offense
  • No longer have the right to remain in Canada and must depart immediately per a court's Removal Order.

A person's ineligibility to sponsor a parent or grandparent may be due to factors beyond those listed here.

Up to 15,000 PGP 2022 applications in full will be accepted by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Approximately 30,000 applications were received for the 2021 intake window, and 10,000 applications were received for the PGP in 2020.

Through the elimination of all duplicate applications and the implementation of a random lottery system, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada strives to achieve a fair and transparent lottery process. To increase your odds of being chosen as a sponsor, make sure you qualify and fill out the Interest to Sponsor form completely and accurately.

Bringing a parent or grandparent to Canada is possible in a different way for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The Super Visa Program makes it possible for parents and grandparents to visit their grandchildren in Canada for an extended period of time (up to ten years) using a visa that allows multiple entries. Super Visa holders can enter Canada and remain there for up to two years, whereas standard visitor visa holders can only stay for six months.

Parental and paternal grandparents who meet standard visitor visa requirements may apply for the Super Visa program. As an added requirement, they need to:

  • Show that their Canadian child or grandchild is willing to help financially by providing a written promise of assistance;
  • Prove that the Canadian sponsor's income is above a certain threshold;
  • Show proof of having Canadian health coverage for a year or more
  • Submit to a medical screening for immigration

Parents and grandparents may need a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to the Super Visa, depending on their nationality.

The sponsor and the co-signer, if any, must sign an undertaking with the Canadian government promising to support the sponsored individual financially for the first twenty years after their arrival in Canada.

20 years As soon as the sponsored individual(s) and any dependents they bring with them to Canada, your responsibility as a sponsor begins. Sponsors in Quebec are required to make a commitment for a period of 10 years.

Yes Your spouse or common-law partner can serve as a co-signer to help you meet the Minimum Income Requirement. Your cosigner's tax returns from the three most recent years prior to the application date will serve as proof of income. They need to be just as qualified as you are, and they need to agree to follow through on the sponsorship undertaking for the full 20 years (or just 10 in Quebec).

Yes, but the IRCC application must also include information about any other living parents or grandparents.

The answer is yes, a Canadian PR living in Canada can sponsor their parents and grandparents to become Canadian PRs.

Health-related reasons may be given for denying entry to Canada for a parent or grandparent.

  • is harmful to the general population,
  • is a threat to public health and safety
  • imposes an unreasonable burden on health or social services

The Income Tax and Benefits Centre (IRCC) does not consider EI and CERB to be social assistance. The number of people in your household (including parents, grandparents, and sponsored dependents) will determine how much money you need to meet the Minimum Necessary Income requirement.

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