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2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada releases 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program Guidelines

Canada has announced details of the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). Canada will hold a lottery to invite 30,000 to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Canada PR.

In January 2021, Canada selected 10,000 potential sponsors from the 2020 PGP pool. The government then indicated that a further 30,000 applicants would be invited later in 2021. That means a record of up to 40,000 applications will be accepted this year.

Family reunification remains a top priority for Canada. As well parental sponsorship continues to be in high demand.

Canada has progressively increased the admission levels for parents and grandparents. However, the interest to reunite with parents and grandparents living overseas continues to grow.

The 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery will take place the week of September 20, 2021. Thereafter, invitations will be sent over the course of two weeks. Those invited will have 60 days to submit their sponsorship applications to the Canadian government.

The target 30,000 candidates previously submitted an Interest to Sponsor form in 2020. The 2020 PGP intake period was between October and November 2020.

In the coming draw, the IRCC will also consider sponsors in the 2020 pool who did not receive invitations.

About 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

The PGP allows Canadians and permanent residents (PR) to sponsor their parents/grandparents for Canadian PR. Approved Parents and grandparents may later apply for Canadian citizenship.

Benefits of Canada Immigration Parents Sponsorship Program

Above all, your parents and grandparents enjoy full benefits of Canadian permanent residence. These generally include,

  • work in Canada
  • health care
  • full legal protection, and
  • become a Canadian citizen

Eligibility for 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

PGP sponsors need to meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

In general, to be eligible for 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program, sponsors must:

  • Have completed an Interest to Sponsor form on IRCC’s website during the intake period;
  • Be a Canadian or permanent resident, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act;
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Be residing in Canada and provide a proof of status during the Interest to Sponsor phase;
  • Exceed the minimum necessary income level and also provide proof of income to IRCC; and
  • Sign an undertaking
    • to financially support the sponsored for 20 years (starting when they become permanent residents); and
    • to repay any social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members (if applicable) for a period of 20 years.
    • Furthermore, sponsors in Quebec need to sign additional “undertaking” with the province of Quebec.

Applicants have to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements. You do this by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) together with application.

According to the IRCC, the average processing time for an application is between 20 and 24 months.

Super Visa Option

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa (Super Visa) is another option for reuniting families.

The Super Visa is the most popular program for parental visits to Canada. Primarily because it is a much faster avenue for extended visits.

The Super Visa is a temporary resident permit. However, it allows parents and grandparents to stay for up to 2 years in Canada per visit.

See What is Canada Super Visa and Requirements?

Secondly, Canada Super Visa is valid for up to 10 years. And thirdly, Super Visa processing time is 8 weeks. Whether approved or not applicants are informed within 8 weeks.

The Super Visa is a popular option because it is available year round. It also has a lower income requirement than Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program.

The Super Visa is ideal for parents in countries that require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to Canada. This is because they can travel freely without re-applying for a TRV after six months.

Super Visa Eligibility requirements

Foremost, eligible parents and grandparents must meet standard visitor visa requirements. In addition, they must:

  • Provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada;
  • Show that the sponsor in Canada meets minimum income requirements;
  • Prove they have purchased Canadian health insurance for at least one year; and
  • Complete an immigration medical examination.

Depending on nationality, Parents/grandparents may require a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to the Super Visa.