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Parents and Grandparents – Family Class

Parents and Grandparents – Family Class

Parents and Grandparents – Family Class

The Family Class immigration category announced by the Canadian government is designed to allow its citizens and residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents. This category is known as the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP).

The parents and grandparents sponsored through PGP can become permanent residents of the country and enjoy all the benefits associated with it. These include the right to live and work in Canada and enjoy government-funded healthcare and other services. They will become Canadian citizens over time.

According to the government’s multi-year immigration plan, around 21,000 new permanent residents can be admitted through the PGP annually.


To be eligible for the PGP program, both the sponsor and the sponsored persons must meet specific eligibility terms.

  • They must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of the country
  • They must comply with income requirements
  • They should be willing to provide financial support to the sponsored persons and their dependents

Both the parties must sign a joint sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to support the sponsored persons and other eligible people accompanying them for three to twenty years. The term of support would depend on their age and relationship to the sponsor. The support will begin from the date they become a permanent resident.

Things You Must Know Before You Begin The Process:

  • Assimilate all the information needed to fill the Interest to Sponsor form
  • Create a digital copy of your passport and proof of status
  • Enter the name of the sponsor exactly as mentioned in the passport or other valid document
  • State your date of birth, the country of birth, and detailed address of the place you live
  • Add your email address
  • Mention the number of people in your immediate family (spouse/partner and dependent children)
  • The number of people you are already sponsoring and still responsible for financially
  • The number of people you want to sponsor plus their dependents
  • Names and date of birth of the parents/grandparents you want to sponsor
  • Enter the Canada document number. If you are invited to apply, it must be the same document number submitted with the sponsorship application. Any discrepancy will result in the rejection or return of the application.
  • Enter your electronic signature

Who Is Not Eligible To Sponsor a Parent or Grandparent?

Certain individuals are not eligible to sponsor a parent or grandparent if they are

  • Less than 18 years of age
  • ​Not having a plan to live in Canada while applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents
  • Not planning to be in Canada if the sponsored person/s becomes a permanent resident
  • Not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • A temporary resident visiting or working on a visa or permit in the country
  • Still not in possession of a sanction for permanent residence
  • Are unable to show income proof of Minimum Necessary Income (MNI)

Apart from the above conditions, an individual will not be able to sponsor a parent or grandparent if

  • They are undergoing a prison sentence
  • They are in default of an immigration loan or a performance bond
  • They are yet to pay a court-ordered payment such as alimony or child support
  • Failed to give the agreed financial support when signing a sponsorship agreement to sponsor a relative in the past
  • They are declared bankrupt and not yet discharged
  • They are receiving social assistance for a cause other than a disability
  • Were convicted of a serious criminal offense against a relative
  • Were convicted of a sexual offense inside or outside Canada
  • Is facing a Removal Order and hence must leave the country

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada (IRCC) may have more reasons that make a person ineligible to sponsor parents or grandparents.

ASI Immigration offers professional immigration consultancy to help Canadian residents and citizens unite with their loved ones, such as parents and grandparents. Contact us if you plan to sponsor your parents and grandparents but do not know where to start from.

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