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Parents and Grandparent Program to Re-Open on 3rd January 2017

November 2016, 14
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Parents and Grandparent Program to re-open on 3rd January 2017
Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will be opening on 3rd of January 2017 and is expected to receive 10,000 applications. This program is very popular immigration program which will allow the citizens and Permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada.  This is one of the family category visa which the government has stated with a cap which was doubled the number of applications received for 2014 and 2015 intakes. The demand seems to be more than the number of space available.  In Jan 2016 the intake was open on 4th January and closed by 7th January, more than 14000 applications were submitted for a cap of 5000 application. IRCC has retained 10,000 applications for process and 2017 will also received 10,000 new applications and process as first-come first-served basis. Applicant should be ready with their application ready to be lodged as quickly as possible as soon the intake opens.

Eligibility to sponsor PGP criteria 

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident.
  • Age 18 years or more
  • Must demonstrate minimum necessary income level for 3 consecutive years.
  • Must sign a sponsorship agreement to support financially the relative for at least 3 to 10 years and also the sponsored applicant will have sign the agreement that they will make all efforts to support themselves independently. Dependent child does not need this agreement.

Super Visa 

Apart from PGP , there is Super Visa which will allow the citizens and permanent resident to bring their parents and grandparents as long term visitors. Successful applicants can visit multiple times to Canada and with a stay of 2 years and visa valid for 10 years.

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