Reunite with your family: PGP program and the Super Visa

Reunite with your family: PGP program and the Super Visa

Families from other countries who got permanent residence and Canadian citizenship can sponsor their parents or grandparents to migrate to Canada under the PGP program.


What is the PGP program?

Parents and Grandparents Program is a Canadian family immigration program. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and Grandparents to move to Canada. They are also endorsed to get permanent residence in Canada. Eventually, they can also apply for citizenship.

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the last PGP lottery in October 2021. Evidently, 30,000 permanent residents and citizens have submitted their sponsorship applications for the PGP program.

Eligibility and Requirements

To sponsor, you need to be eligible with certain requirements of the PGP program

  • Residing in Canada, you got to own permanent resident status or citizenship or at least registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • Be 18 or more than.
  • Sign an agreement to financially support and repay the social benefits of the sponsored members for the next 20 years. For Quebec, the undertaking period is for 10 years. You must meet the Quebec government’s immigration sponsorship requirements if you want to sponsor a parent or grandparent there. The income requirement in Quebec also differs from the rest of Canada.
  • For the PGP program, IRCC requires proof of income from the sponsor and should exceed the minimum necessary income level (MNI) for the three most recent tax years before the date of your application. This is to ensure that the sponsor can financially support their family members and as well the sponsored person. The MNI is based on the assessment of the Canada Revenue Agency.

The MNI requirements for the 2021 PGP are shown in the table below (excluding Quebec).

Size of Family Unit MNI
2 persons $32,270 $41,007 $40,379
3 persons $39,672 $50,414 $49,641
4 persons $48,167 $61,209 $60,271
5 persons $54,630 $69,423 $68,358
6 persons $61,613 $78,296 $77,095
7 persons $68,598 $87,172 $85,835
Each additional person $6,985 $8,876 $8,740


The Super Visa

Another choice for sponsors who want to sponsor their parents or grandparents is the Super Visa, which is offered all year long.  The Super Visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for five succeeding years at a time without needing to reapply for a tourist visa. It provides you with multiple entries for ten years.

The Super Visa requirements

  • To be eligible for the Super Visa, the applicant can be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. No other dependents are included as an applicant for the Super Visa.
  • A signed letter from a child or grandchild that invites the applicant
  • A promised financial support for the applicant for the duration of the visit.
  • Applicant should have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company with one-year validation from the date of the entry. It should hold nearly$100,000 of emergency coverage. And proof that it’s fully paid.
  • The applicant’s child or grandchild must also be able to demonstrate that they can meet the low-income cutoff (LICO) requirements. This is to show that they are financially stable to support their family member.

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