From Monday, Authorities will accept 20,000 applications under the PGP programme.

Jalandhar, January 27

Good news to the thousands of Punjabis living in Canada as permanent residents as they will benefit from the Canadian Parents and Grandparents (PGP-2019) Programme launched by the government. Under this program, Canadian PR’s grandparents will be able to join them in that country.

Under its family reunification scheme, The PGP programme has given the Canadians and permanent residents an opportunity to call their parents and grandparents to Canada for living with them permanently.

Many PR holders face difficulties for they were too busy in their work or study that they have to ignore their small children. While having parents or Grandparents are such a blessing to take care of and nourish their children. The programme will give relief to such thousands of Punjabis and other immigrants who have got settled in Canada as permanent residents.

From January 28 onwards under the new programme, The interest to sponsor parents and grandparents form will be available to potential sponsors. Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen has said, It has been launched by the Government of Canada after listening to and addressing concerns of those permanent residents who had applied or availed the facility under the previous intake process.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will allow interest to sponsor submissions or forms for a limited period. It will invite potential sponsors to submit a complete application after this. The limit of the number of applications has been fixed at 20,000. As compared to applications accepted in 2015, it is a straight four-time intake increase. The increase was made possible by an over 80 percent reduction of the application backlog and processing times that have got cut from a long seven to eight years to just about two years.

The programme will follow the first-in-first-served approach for 2019 with a view to keep the application process equal for all. And it is processed via an easy-to-access electronic method for the applicants.

The new improved intake process will requirement for potential sponsors to upload a copy of their status document in Canada while submitting their interest to sponsor form.

The ministry has advised after confirming that they were meeting the necessary minimum income requirements, all potential sponsors can submit an interest to sponsor form as soon as possible once it was available online. The onus is on potential sponsors to make sure that they are eligible before submitting an interest to sponsor form.