Just 60 days to go for those invited as sponsors for the Parents and Grandparents Program by the Canadian government to submit their applications. The invitation issuing process was conducted smoothly, where eligible citizens are allowed to give their parents and grandparents the chance to become a full Canadian citizen. This is a hotly contested opportunity and meeting the timeline to submit your complete application to sponsor with all relevant documentation is vital to your success.

What is Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program?

The government of Canada has allocated provisions for sponsorship by permanent Canadian residents over the age of 18 years to bring over their parents and Grandparents from their countries of origin. Under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the country has set aside 20,000 slots for full citizenship to the PGP for the year 2019.

Consideration for invitations to apply depends on the applicants filling of the Interest to Sponsor form. This application form is available online every year at a specified time, and when the IRCC has recovered enough submissions, is withdrawn from the government of Canada’s PGP portal. On January 28th, 2019, the interest to sponsor form came online from noon, and 27,000 submissions were accepted. This is the process you have to follow if you’re interested and eligible for the PGP;

  • Complete and submit the online interest to sponsor form on the IRCC website
  • Wait for an invitation to sponsor from the IRCC
  • Submit a complete application form with all supporting documents

The interest to sponsor form is accepted by the IRCC on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the high interest and support that the Canadian people displayed for the PGP, the submission quota was achieved within 10 minutes.

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