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IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has randomly selected 10,000 sponsors who intend to submit an application to get their parent(s) or grandparent(s) to Canada and make them permanent residents through the PGP (Parent and Grandparent Program).
These sponsors have time only up to 24 July 2017 to submit a complete application, which contains all supporting documentation.
IRCC said that 17,000 sponsored people were being represented by 10,000 sponsors since in one application more than one person can be sponsored. From about 95,000 potential sponsors, who had submitted earlier in 2017 an ‘Interest to Sponsor’ form, these 10,000 sponsors were chosen
IRCC was able to announce only on 25 April that it had randomly selected potential sponsors for this program. All individuals, including those who did not receive invitations for this process, but submitted the application forms have been informed the status of their submission. These individuals have time until 2018 to express their interest in applying.
This reportedly is the first time that PGP has been operated this way by IRCC. Earlier, PGP was given on a first-come, first-served basis. But this created problems for applicants as well as IRCC employees, as individuals wanting to bring their parents/grandparents, were said to be bribing couriers so that their application would be on the top of the applications for the program.
Although the application package and the application process have been revamped for 2017, their eligibility requirements will be the same.
Besides changing the system, another measure taken by IRCC to attenuate the supply and demand issues that have sprung up suddenly in the past was by increasing the annual acceptance of new applications from 5,000 to 10,000.
The Canadian government’s 2017 Immigration Levels Plan determined a target to allow 20,000 new parents as well as grandparents in 2017 as permanent residents. As 17,000 sponsored people have been selected to be sponsored during the next few months, this will let IRCC ease the logjam furthermore of previously submitted applications.
Measures have also been taken to rev up application processing times within the Family Class programs, including the PGP, as John McCallum, former Immigration Minister, promised to reduce processing times in December 2016.
Among the documents sponsors must submit must also include income tax records and documents pertaining to civil status.
It is also needed that sponsors sign an undertaking to pay back any provincial social assistance benefits availed by the sponsored persons for 20 years for a certain duration. This duration is 20 years for sponsors residing in a province and territory of Canada other than Quebec and 10 years for Quebec-based sponsors.
To be eligible for being PGP sponsors, certain requirements need to be met, such as: they should citizens of Canada or its permanent residents, must be aged 18 years or older, need to draw the minimum essential income level by submitting notices of assessment that the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) has issued into aid their sponsorship, sponsors need to also prove that they have met for three consecutive years the minimum essential income level. For married people or those in a common-law relationship, both individuals’ incomes may be included, and the sponsor needs to ink a sponsorship agreement that commits her/him to financially take care of the sponsored persons.
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