Canada explains how to complete and submit the 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form
October 11, 2020
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released information on how to complete and submit the 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form before it becomes available on October 13, 2020, for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to sponsor parents or grandparents to come to Canada.
Previously on October 5, 2020 IRCC announced new details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). A three-week window for the submission of a PGP interest to sponsor form will open at noon EDT on October 13, 2020, closing again at noon EST on November 3, 2020. IRCC will accept up to 10,000 applications for the 2020 PGP and will open another intake period in 2021 for up to 30,000 applications. IRCC will randomly select potential sponsors and invite them to submit an application. Sponsors who receive invitations will have 60 days to submit your completed sponsorship application.
Get ready to submit your 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
The first step to sponsor your parents or grandparents is filling out the interest to sponsor form.
You should enter the number of the same document you’ll submit with your application if you’re invited to apply. If the document number doesn’t match, IRCC will return your application.
your electronic signature (you must type in your name)
Make an electronic copy of your passport or proof of status document
With your interest to sponsor form, you have to upload an electronic copy of your passport or your status in Canada document.
IRCC will accept expired documents. You don’t need to renew your document to fill out the form or to apply.
Make sure you upload the same document with your interest to sponsor form that you submit with your application, if you’re invited to apply.
You can include any of these:
Canadian permanent resident card (both sides)
record of landing (IMM 1000) (only if you didn’t get a PR Card)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
Canadian citizenship certificate or card (both sides)
Canadian birth certificate
If you were born in Quebec, we’ll only accept a birth certificate from the Directeur de l’État civil.
Passport (pages showing passport number, issue and expiry dates, photo, given name, surname, place and date of birth)
Secure certificate of Indian status
Make your copy ahead of time and know where it is on your computer or mobile device.
How to create an electronic copy
To make an electronic copy of your document:
scan it using a digital scanner or
use your phone or a camera to take a picture of it
The maximum file size is 2 MB. If your file is bigger than 2 MB, you need to reduce the size to upload your document and submit the interest to sponsor form.
You can only upload 1 file with your interest to sponsor form. If you have to include both sides of your passport or status in Canada document, save both sides into 1 file. If you don’t have photo editing software, you can save both images into a Microsoft Word document.
IRCC accepts these file formats:
PDF (Portable Document)
JPG, TIFF, or PNG (image)
DOC or DOCX (Microsoft Word document)
Write down the name you give the file and where you save it so you can find the file later to upload.
Make sure the image is clear and your information is easy to read.
We use your passport or proof of status document to validate your information.
After you submit your 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form
If your form submits properly, you’ll see a page with a confirmation number. Write down this number. You can use it later to check if you’ve been invited to apply.
IRCC will also send you an email with the confirmation number to let you know we got your form.