Portal for the Expression of interest to sponsor under the Parents and Grandparents program (PGP) was briefly opened on the 28th of January.
Few minutes after IRCC made the forms available, the portal for submission was closed again, because the number of applications needed had been reached. The IRCC aimed at accepting 27,000 Expressions of Interest this year in the order of first come – first serve.
In a tweet made by the IRCC, it was mentioned that all those who completed and submitted their EOI forms would receive an email within the next 24 hours to confirm receipt of their forms.
Parents and Grandparents Program
This program is designed to allow Permanent Residents and Citizens of Canada who are up to 18 years old to sponsor their grandparents and parents to the country.
To sponsor a parent or grandparent, the prospective sponsor is mandated to declare his or her interest by submitting the EOI form and a document to prove their current status in Canada.
Having removed all forms of duplicates application submission, the IRCC will issue out invites to the first 20,000 applicants who are eligible for the Parents and Grandparents Program.
Before the portal for application was opened on the 28th, IRCC had made it known to the public that it would hold at least one Invitation round, with the hopes of holding others till it reaches its target of getting 20,000 sponsors.
IRCCs reason for setting a higher target in Expression of interest than an invitation to apply is that not all the people who officially declare their interest to sponsor will receive an invitation to apply, and not all those who receive invitations end up applying. Also, not everyone who applies meets the entire program’s eligibility requirement.
IRCC has however stated that it might open its portal for expression of interest if it needs more sponsors this year.
What to do after receiving an Invitation to apply?
When prospective sponsors are invited to apply, they are given 60 days to submit their applications and their documents. The application package for this year contains all the necessary criteria that an application must have to be considered eligible.
IRCC specifies the deadline for submitting an application in the email sent to prospective sponsors.
When a sponsor beats the deadline, his application is being processed within a space of 20 to 24 months.
According to IRCC, applicants who expressed their interest to sponsor and consequently received a confirmatory mail, but not an invitation should not lose hope as it intends to consider them in 2020.
Mandatory Minimum Income for Sponsors
One of the things that qualify an applicant to be a sponsor is their ability to meet the economic needs of themselves and their dependents as sponsors.
The Canada Revenue Agency is charged with the responsibility of assessing the income of the potential sponsor who has received an invitation to apply. At the Expression of interest stage, applicants are not required to provide this information. Any applicant who does not meet the minimum acceptable income requirement would be denied the right to sponsor.
All Intending sponsors who live outside Quebec are required to show three Notices of Assessment by Canada’s Revenue Agency for each taxation of the taxation years just before their application dates.
Intending sponsors who have been invited to apply and have a Notice of Assessment for 2018 will need to submit that of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
However, if they have not gotten a 2018 Notice of Assessment, they can submit that of 2015, 2016 and 2017.
IRCC is of the opinion that the easiest way for an application to show his or her proof of income is by allowing them (IRCC) to directly collect their Notice of Assessment from Canada’s Revenue Agency.
For prospective sponsors to affirm that they fully satisfy all the minimum income requirements, they will have to state the number of family members that will be under their financial umbrella.
Here, a standard number is to be maintained until the application process is over, and it is decided if the applicant is eligible or not.
Relatives included in the list of Family Members
- Intending sponsors
- Common – law partner and/or spouse
- Dependent Children
- Other people that have previously been sponsored by the same person
- Grandparents and Parents, and their dependents (partner or Spouse and children)
- Dependent children who are not migrating with Parents or Grandparents
- Partner or Spouse of Parent and Grandparents, migrating along to Canada.
- Separated spouse of Parent and Grandparent.
Sign an Undertaking
The Quebec Government and the IRCC have requested that all intending sponsors should sign an undertaking, stating how long they will continue to be financially responsible for their family members after they have obtained their own Canadian Permanent Residence in Canada.
For Canadians residing outside the Province of Quebec, the undertaking spans for 20 years. For Canadians residing in Quebec, the undertaking spans for 10 years.
During the period of this undertaking, the cost of any social care given to a family member will be borne by the sponsor.
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