October 28, 2015 – The popular Parent and Grandparent
Program (PGP) is expected to reopen on January 4, 2016. The PGP
facilitates family reunification by accepting a limited number of
applications to sponsor parents and grandparents for permanent
residence in Canada. Last year, a total of 5,000 applications were
accepted. While the recently elected Liberal government campaigned
on a promise to improve family reunification, no determination has
yet been made with respect to the quota of applications that will
be accepted in 2016.
In order to sponsor a parent or grandparent, sponsors must:
Be 18 years of age or older
Be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
Live in Canada
Demonstrate that they meet basic income requirements
Undertake to provide for the basic requirements of the
person(s) being sponsored
Permanent residents and Canadian citizens interested in
sponsoring a parent or grandparent to come to Canada should begin
preparing their application as soon as possible. This program is
exceedingly popular and it is expected that the application quota
will be reached shortly after the program opens.
Parents and grandparents not selected for the PGP may wish to
consider applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. Super
Visa holders may stay with family in Canada for up to two years
without any requirement to renew their status.
For more information about the Parent and Grandparent Program or
the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, or for assistance in
preparing an application please contact Green and Spiegel.
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