With further changes in the Parents and Grandparents Program by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the quota for the same increased to 20,000 for the year 2019. This figure was announced by Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen. He further stated that this decision was taken bearing in mind the increasing demand for Parents and Grandparents (PGP) applications. The trial done by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for reducing the applications’ backlog since 2011 to 84% also brought results.
Since 2017, IRCC updated the intake process with potential sponsors to complete the Interest to Sponsor form during the scheduled openings. Post this, IRCC would randomly select the eligible sponsors for program application. For the year 2019, IRCC would request the potential sponsors to complete the Interest to Sponsor form and the invitations would be issued on a first come, first served basis till the capacity of 20,000 applications is reached.
To be eligible for being a potential sponsor, he/she must:
- Be a Canadian PR and above 18 years of age.
- Support the sponsored persons financially.
- Satisfy the threshold income level for the program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) for supporting the sponsorship.
- Meet the threshold income level for three consecutive years. In case of married or in a common-law relationship, the combined income of both persons can be included.
- Sign an agreement that commits the sponsor to support the sponsored person financially for up to 20 years.
Potential sponsors who reside in the province Quebec must also meet Quebec’s immigration sponsorship requirements after IRCC approves them as a sponsor.