Changes introduced to PGP Immigrant Program

Very recently, Canada has announced changes for Parent and Grandparent (PGP) Immigrant Program. The modifications in the program would be introduced on January 2, 2014.

The reopening of the program
The program would reopen by allowing permanent residents and citizens of the country to reunite with the mother, father and grandparents. This would be made possible through sponsorship. And with this opening parents and grandparents would get an opportunity to get visas part from super visa option as well.

Accepting the application
With the liberty provided Citizenship and immigration Canada imposes a capping on the number of intake of applications in the year coming ahead. The Department has clearly indicated that it would not accept more than 5,000 applications under this category. And also, no preference would be given to the applications on the basis of country of origin of the applicant.

The new application form for PGP Immigrant Program along with guidelines and detailed information would be published on the website of CIC on December 31, 2013.

The need for the applicant
Someone willing to make an application under this category should make sure that he submits the application much ahead of the last day and also there should be absolutely no error in the application.

This is necessary to ensure that your application is within the limit of 5,000 and it does not get rejected merely due to a mistake while filling up the form. One also has to submit the required supporting documents accurately. Since the new application form would be released on the last day of the current year so there would hardly any time left to summit the form.

Important criteria to be met
As a sponsor, you must meet the minimum necessary income (MNI) which has been set by CIC, in order to prove that you will be able to sponsor the parent or grandparent coming to you. And for this you would not need any social assistance so you need to have enough financial resources. While doing this the escalated cost of looking after elderly people should be kept into close consideration.

Changes in the sponsorship criteria
The present MNI has been increased by 30% in compared to the previous criteria. This is done to ensure that the tax payers are burdened with the cost due to the arrival of an immigrant.
An immigrant needs to submit enough documents to prove that he or she can bear the cost of his or her own family (spouse and dependent child) as well as the parents and or grandparents joining them in Canada.

Those immigrants who have become permanent residents or citizens of the country need to submit adequate supporting documents to assure the Government about their financial capability. This would be the biggest consideration for CIC to make a decision on allowing such an immigrant to bring in their parents or grandparents. The government does not want to take a chance with the tax burden of the tax payers by verifying the capability of the sponsors of PG immigrant Program.

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