The Parents and Grandparents Program in Canada provides permanent residency to qualified applicants through a draw system is a popular alternative to sponsor your family. The last call for filing an 'Interest to Sponsor' form was in 2020. Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it was still processing applications from people who received invitations to apply. In the next three years, Canada's yearly immigration intake through the Parents and Grandparents Program is expected to triple.
Canada’s Family Class immigration category allows all Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) through the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program. Sponsored parents and grandparents can become permanent residents of Canada. This includes all the benefits that come along with a permanent residency like, the right to live and work in Canada without restriction on location, time, or sector, as well as access to publicly-funded health care and other services. The sponsored parents and grandparents can also eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.
The applicant must meet the minimum income requirements mentioned below for any province or territory other than Quebec. The following people need to be taken into consideration before calculating the number of people the applicant if financially responsible for:
If you live in Quebec, your income will be assessed by Quebec’s immigration ministry. Sponsors and co-signers need to pass the financial capability requirements for the past 12 months.
All sponsors across Canada need to submit a signed undertaking to IRCC and if you are in Quebec, to the provincial government as well. This is a legal declaration you will be financially responsible for your sponsored family members and they will not be able to claim social assistance. You will need to repay any claimed social assistance during the undertaking period.
To be eligible both the sponsor and the person(s) being sponsored must have met certain eligibility requirements. Sponsors must:
The sponsor and the sponsored person(s) must sign a sponsorship agreement that:
Residents of Quebec must sign an ‘undertaking’ with the province of Quebec. This is a contract that binds the sponsorship. Sponsors in Quebec must also meet Quebec’s sponsorship requirements after being approved as a sponsor by IRCC.
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