Citizenship and Immigration Canada set to reopen Parent and Grandparent Program for 2016
The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is set to reopen in January 2016. This immensely popular program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents to become permanent residents. The program had an application cap of 5,000 applicants in 2014 and in 2015. In both years the cap was reached in a matter of days. Many people are looking forward to this program for 2016. Since the competition has been so tight in previous years, it is important for new applicants to have their applications completed before January so that they can be submitted as soon as the program opens. In past years, many of those applicants who prepared their documents even a couple of days after the program opened missed their opportunity due to a large number of applicants.
The eligibility requirements for parents or grandparent applicants for the new 2016 program has not yet been released. It is not yet known whether Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be making any changes to the requirements. At the moment, the key requirements are for the Canadian sponsors, who must meet the following requirements:
- be at least 18 years of age or older,
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
- exceed the minimum necessary income requirement for the program by submitting notices of assessment given by the Canadian Revenue Agency in support of their sponsorship,
- promise to provide financial support for the sponsored relative for a time frame of three to ten years.
The sponsored party must also sign a sponsorship agreement that commits them to make every effort to support themselves.
Another popular program for Canadians to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada is Super Visa. This program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as “Long term visitors” with a multi-entry visa valid up to 10 years.