The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents who are approved under this program are granted permanent residence and may later apply for Canadian citizenship.
If you’re invited to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents, there are 2 applications:
. You must apply to become a sponsor.
. Your parents or grandparents must apply for permanent residence.
Submit both the sponsorship and the permanent residence applications together online at the same time.
We must get your application package 60 days from the date of your invitation. The deadline is clearly marked on your invitation to apply.
The steps to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents are a bit different for the 2021 process. We’ll invite people from the remaining pool of potential sponsors who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020.
If you’re invited to apply, we’ll email you using the email address you gave us.
We randomly select and invite potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents. For the 2021 process, we’ll send enough invitations to apply with the goal to accept 30,000 applications.
To avoid using outdated forms or an old instruction guide, don’t start filling out your application unless you’re invited to apply to the 2021 program.
If you apply but don’t end up being invited, we won’t refund the sponsorship application processing fee.
This year, we’ll accept applications from those who are invited through an online process. We’ll add more information on how it works in the coming weeks.
If you live in Quebec, find out the steps to take to sponsor your parents and grandparents in Quebec.
You have to ask permission and provide the right forms if you want to
Find out how to act as a representative or access your family members’ information.
To sponsor your parents or grandparents, you need
To find the date and the number, check the back of your citizenship certificate.
If you don’t have your citizenship certificate, you can apply for a
If you can’t get proof of your citizenship within the 60-day period you have to apply, you can include an explanation letter saying
In most cases, your fees will include:
You have to pay your fees online(opens in a new tab).
In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. If you don’t your application may be delayed. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.
Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for
The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you.
During processing, we’ll ask the person you’re sponsoring to submit their
COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirements and collection procedures
Temporary measures have been put into place for biometrics requirements and collection procedures.
Find out what to do for your biometrics
We’ll send instructions and let your family members know how much time they have to send us this information.
You must tell us of any change to your situation, such as: