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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Class | New Intake Process


Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Class | New Intake Process

Jade Calver

Recently, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Honourable Ahmed Hussen announced that the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) interest to sponsor form would be available to interested applicants on January 28th, 2019. We previously wrote about the IRCC’s announced plans to re-open the parent and grandparent program of the family class sponsorship this month.

Previously, the PGP functioned as a “lottery” in that those interested in sponsoring their parents/grandparents were selected randomly, with no preference given to those who submitted their applicants sooner than others. In 2019, the PGP intake process is slightly different. The new approach for 2019 is a first-in-first-served method. “This approach will further enhance the client experience by keeping the application process fair to all, while remaining easy-to-access electronic method for applicants.

Interested applicants can submit an interest to sponsor form until the 2019 cap of 20,000 applications is reached. IRCC announced a few additional changes made to the forms and applications:

  • Potential sponsors must upload a copy of a status in Canada document;

  • IRCC has improved their ability to detect duplicate submissions and fraudulent activity;

  • Potential sponsors must ensure they are eligible before submitting an interest to sponsor form (e.g. meet the minimum income requirements).

Family reunification is an immigration priority for the Government of Canada. It supports Canada’s economic prosperity and it further strengthens our communities. Parents and grandparents often help care for children, increasing their parents’ ability to work and study, and to make meaningful contributions to their communities. In reuniting Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their parents and grandparents, not only do we help these families to succeed – doing so also benefits our entire country.
— The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick Facts:

  • The PGP Programs continues to be very popular, with continued high volumes in the interest to sponsor process. In 2018, after removing duplicates, we received 93,936 interest to sponsor forms.

  • Consistently high admissions levels for parents and grandparents over the last few years has allowed the government to eliminate the application backlog. The application inventory has dropped from a peak of 167,000 people in 2011, to just over 28,000 people in October 2018.

  • Once invited, potential sponsors will have 60 calendar days from the date of their invitation to ensure IRCC receives their complete application for sponsorship.

Are you interested in apply for the Parent and Grandparent Program?
Contact us today to get your application started.