Canada Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence. The program was originally based on random selection of the parents and grandparents submitted, and hence considered a “parents sponsorship lottery”. The random selection has now been replaced with a “first come, first served” selection system .
In 2019 this first-in, first-served approach replaced the randomized invitations process for IRCC’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) that was used last year in 2018. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, said the Interest to Sponsor form has been improved to include features that can help the department detect duplicate submissions and prospective fraud.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who desire to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents in 2019 may begin the process by submitting to IRCC an Interest to Sponsor form on January 28 at NOON Eastern Standard Time. See Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents.
The expression of interest to sponsor parent form will be available for a limited time and IRCC will invite potential sponsors to submit a complete application, in the order their submissions were received (first come, first served), until the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications is reached.
Who is eligible to sponsor a parent or grandparent?