Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship (PGP)
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you are able to sponsor your parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents approved under this program receive Canadian permanent residence and may eventually be able to apply for Canadian citizenship.
- In 2021, Immigration, Refugees, Canadian Citizenship (IRCC) will open a new intake period and a total of 30,000 new applications will be accepted.
Requirements For The Sponsor
- The sponsor and their relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to provide financial support to their relative, if necessary. If sponsoring a person coming to the Province of Quebec, an “undertaking” with the Province must be signed.
- The sponsor must promise to provide financial support for the relative and any other eligible relatives accompanying them for a period of 20 years. The time period begins the day the parent or grandparent becomes a permanent resident.
- The sponsor must meet the minimum income threshold for this program.
- Sponsors under the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship must meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) outlined in the chart below. The MNI figures below are Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) figures, plus 30%.
The figures below represent the MNI for individuals living in Canada outside the Province of Quebec:
|Size of Family Unit||MNI |
|Each additional person||$7,121||$8,876||$8,740||$8,616|
To prove they meet the MNI requirement, potential sponsors must provide their Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the last (3) taxation years before applying (2020, 2019 and 2018).
Requirements for the Sponsored Person:
- The sponsored person must be the parent(s) or grandparent(s) of the sponsor.
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
The Parent and Grandparent (PGP) Super Visa allows your parents and grandparents as a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident to come to Canada as visitors for a period of up to two consecutive years at their initial visit without having to renew their status.
The Super Visa presents older generations to visit family members in Canada for an extended period without work rights. The visa can remain valid for up to 10 years, allowing for re-entry during this period of time.
Who Can Apply for the Super Visa?
If you are a parent or a grandparent of Canadian citizens and permanent residents you may be eligible to apply for the Super Visa.
The applicants may be required to meet specific conditions set forth by the visa office through which they will be applying. They will not be turned down entry to Canada on the basis of health or security.
Dependents cannot be included in this application. Only parents or grandparents, together with their spouses or common-law partners, may be included on an application for the Super Visa.
The application process requirement includes:
- As a grandchild or child residing in Canada you will have to prepare a letter of invitation for your parents or grandparents.
- If you, as a child or grandchild claim a Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) you will need to provide documents to prove that.
- You will need to provide documentation proving relationship with your parent or grandparent, eg: birth certificate.
- You will need to buy medical insurance coverage with a Canadian insurance company for at least one year and provide proof.
|Size of Family Unit||Minimum necessary income|
|1 person (your child or grandchild)||$24,949|
|7 or more||$66,027|
|More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add||$6,723|
As a parent or grandparent your application needs to be processed at a Canadian visa office responsible for your place of residence outside of Canada. You might need to provide additional documentation (if requested).
A number of factors will be considered when assessing the complete application:
- Parents and grandparents’ purpose visit to Canada.
- Parents and grandparents maintain sufficient ties to their home country (proven by showing family ties, finances and other connections that are similar outside of Canada).
- Medical examination is required for all Super Visa applicants (forms and instructions will be issued by visa office after application submission).
How Can Mana Immigration Help?
Trust is the most important foundation of any professional relationship. Would you feel safe undergoing a surgery by a surgeon that’s uncertified? The immigration process operates in much the same way.
Establishing your family and career in a new country is a serious undertaking with many challenges and roadblocks along the way. You should only trust a real expert to help you from start to finish.
Immigrating to a new country is a complex process with a lot of paperwork, form submissions, and tight deadlines. A Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) takes care of this process on your behalf, and makes your Visa application not only more efficient, but vastly increases the chances of submitting a complete application. Authorized consultants can submit your files accurately, ensuring that your application stands the best chance of success.
Each RCIC has years of experience handling the Canadian immigration process. Having consulted on matters of immigration both ethically and professionally, these experts can help you with every aspect your application process–minimizing the challenges you will face during what many consider an overwhelming process.
For instance, if your mother tongue is not English, it will be to your benefit to work with an RCIC who can help you to understand certain clauses and policies. An RCIC can assist you with information about language tests, employment applications and submitting all of the relevant documents needed to increase your chances of approval.
With many Visa options available, an RCIC can offer you personalized assistance by mapping out the best immigration option for you (always while supporting your personal objectives).
Once an RCIC has submitted your application, you’ll receive up-to-date application status notifications from your consultant, who will be there to help you every step of the way.
Contact one of the many certified immigration consultants at Mana Immigration today.