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
The first step to sponsor your parents or grandparents is filling out the interest to sponsor form.
Before you begin, make sure you understand the eligibility and income requirements for the program.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
The 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form will be posted on IRCC website for a specific period of time from:
- noon EDT on October 13, 2020 until
- noon EST on November 3, 2020.
If you can’t submit the online 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form due to a mental or physical disability, and need it in another format, contact IRCC before noon November 3, 2020 if you prefer:
- large font
- the alternative format you need
- your full name
- if you want the form emailed or mailed to you
- If you prefer email, give us your email address
- If you prefer it by mail, only give IRCC your mailing address
- telephone number
- reason for the request
Send your request by email or contact IRCC Client Service Centre at 1-888-242-2100 (from within Canada only).
Note: If you include your email address, this will authorize IRCC to send all correspondence, including file and personal information, to that email address.
How to fill out the 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form
- You, the person who wants to sponsor, must fill out the interest to sponsor form. If you need help, someone else can help you fill it out using your information.
- It’s best to use a computer instead of a mobile device.
- If you make a mistake on your interest to sponsor form, don’t submit another form.
- Find out how to correct a mistake or update your information.
- Don’t submit the interest to sponsor form more than once.
- It won’t increase your chances of being selected and invited to apply.
- IRCC will remove duplicate entries and keep only the last one.
The information you enter in the interest to sponsor form should be the same as what you would put on your application. If there are changes, you need to explain why, if you’re invited to apply.
If you’re invited to apply and the information on your application doesn’t match what you put in this form, IRCC may not accept your application and return it to you.
After you submit your interest to sponsor form, you get a confirmation number. You can’t give this number to a different potential sponsor.
Prepare everything you need to fill out the 2020 PGP interest to sponsor form
Before you start:
- get all the information you need to fill out the interest to sponsor form
- make an electronic copy of your passport or proof of status in Canada
You (the person who wants to sponsor their parents and grandparents), must enter:
- your family name(s) (also known as last name or surname) and your given name(s) (also known as first name and middle name)
- Write your name exactly as it is written on the passport or proof of status in Canada document you submit.
- your date of birth
- the country or territory where you were born
- your main home address (where you live)
- You must live in Canada to sponsor.
- Make sure you fill out all the fields including your complete address.
- Include your street number, street name, apartment or unit number (if this applies), P.O. Box (if this applies), your province or territory, and postal code.
- For the street number and address, include the street type (street, boulevard, avenue, etc.). For example, follow this format: 123 John St. or 123 John Ave. or 123 John Pl.
- your email address that you want IRCC to use to contact you
- the number of people in your immediate family (you, your spouse or partner and dependent children)
- the total number of people you already sponsored and are still financially responsible for
- the total number of people you want to sponsor, including their dependants (spouse or partner, and children)
- names and dates of birth for the parents or grandparents you want to sponsor
- You won’t need to include this information for their dependent children, or a spouse/partner that won’t come to Canada with them.
- your passport or proof of status in Canada document number
- Find out where to find that number.
- 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.
Once you submit your interest to sponsor form, you can’t change it. If you made a mistake, don’t submit another form. Find out how to correct a mistake or update your information.
IRCC randomly selects and invites potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
IRCC will start sending invitations after reviewing the submissions and removing duplicates.
IRCC will send invitations by email. If you’re invited to apply, make sure you don’t miss the invitation:
- Check the same email account you used on the interest to sponsor form.
- Check your junk mail or spam folder to see if an email from us is there.
- Let IRCC know if your email address changed.
If you aren’t invited to apply
Parents and grandparents can visit for extended periods
If you’d like your parents and grandparents to come to Canada, they may be eligible to apply for a super visa which could let them
- stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time
- apply to extend their stay by up to 1 year at a time
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.