Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) of Canada is a major route for permanent residents and Canadian citizens to sponsor and invite their eligible parents and grandparents to Canada from their home country.
Canada’s Family Class immigration program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their parent(s) or grandparent(s) through this Program. Sponsored parents and grandparents can become permanent residents of Canada, with all the entitlements and benefits that come with it.
This includes the right to live and work anywhere in Canada without restriction on time, location or sector, as well as have access to public healthcare facilities. In the end, sponsored parents and grandparents can become Canadian citizens.
However, there have been some major changes in the year 2019. You might want to get to know about these changes if you are planning to bring your parents or grandparent to Canada.
Parent And Grandparent Program: Changes For 2019
In 2019, the interest to sponsor form was available online, as was the case in 2017 and 2018, so that aspiring sponsors could let immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) know they wish to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada.
Now, instead of randomly nominating the sponsors to apply, as was the case in the previous years, IRCC will invite them to submit an application to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
Other changes include a requirement for aspiring sponsors to upload a copy of their status in Canada document when submitting their interest to sponsor form, which has also been improved from previous years to include features that will help IRCC detect over-submissions or duplicate submissions and potential fraud.
Documents Required For Parent And Grandparent Program
Aspiring or potential sponsors completing the PGP interest to sponsor form must provide the following documents:
- family name or last name (also known as surname) and their first name;
- date of birth;
- country of birth;
- primary residential address in Canada;
- email address for contact with IRCC;
- number of family members;
- total number of persons the person wishes to sponsor;
- names of the parents and grandparents the person wish to sponsor and their date of birth;
- electronic signature;
- and proof of status in Canada i.e PR Card number or Citizen.
For 2019, interested sponsors may submit one of the following information as proof of status in Canada:
- PR card (both sides);
- record of landing (if the sponsor did not receive a permanent residence card);
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence status (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688);
- Canadian Citizenship Certificate or permanent resident card (both sides);
- Canadian birth certificate
- Canadian passport
When IRCC selects a group of interested sponsors to submit a complete application, this is called a round of invitations. Depending on the number of completed applications received, IRCC may conduct more than one round of invitations.