Immigration, refugees and citizenship Canada (IRCC) has come out with a new form known as ‘Interest to Sponsor’ in the famous Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP). This form has been made available on January 3rd and will be there till February 2nd, 2017.
By applying for this program, permanent residents and citizens of Canada can sponsor their grandparents and parents to become the permanent residents of Canada. In the previous month, it was announced by IRCC that it will remove the first-come, first-served system from PGP and bring in the invitation based system for the applications that will be submitted in 2017.
According to the changes, anyone who wishes to sponsor their grandparents and parents will be required to show their interest by filling in the application form given online.
The new form will ask for following information from individuals who wish to sponsor their grandparents and parents:
- First name
- Last name
- Country or territory of birth
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Postal code
- Main home address
Once all this information is filled in, the sponsor is supposed to sign the form electronically and submit it. Individuals should take a note that sponsors are not asked anything about the grandparents or parents they want to sponsor.
It should also be noted that individuals are also not asked anything concerning their financial status or income. This means that this form does not assess the eligibility of the individual who wish to sponsor their parents.
In order to assess the eligibility a potential sponsor is encouraged to look for other means. Individuals should not be mistaken that by filling up this form of ‘Interest to Sponsor’ they have not applied for this program.
After Submitting the Form
Once you submit the form, a confirmation page will be presented to you, which will contain the confirmation number that needs to be recorded and kept by you. 10,000 individuals will be selected by IRCC on or after February 2 from this pool. Thereafter, the selected individuals will be notified and will be asked to submit a complete application form.