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Information On Parents And Grandparents Program (PGP) Applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) does not know when it will start accepting applications for the 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

The IRCC media relations officer Remi Lariviere in an email last week said that “information on the next parent and grandparents intake is not available yet.”

He wrote that “IRCC continues to process parents and grandparents applications that we have already received including the 2021 intake in order to meet our 2022 Immigration Levels targets.”

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 He said that Family Reunification is still a top priority for Canada.

Ottawa is still claiming that the reunification of families including the sponsorship of parents and grandparents for permanent residence is still a top priority.

The government knows how important it is for families to be together so it is still processing applications.

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IRCC stopped accepting PGP applications on December 6, 2021 and as at that time; they were hoping to bring 30,000 completed applications after sending out 34,500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) in a little under two weeks.

This year, Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024 shows that Canada is hoping to welcome 25,000 new permanent residents through the PGP this year, 28,500 in 2023 and then 32,000 in 2024.

Lariviere said that IRCC is so committed to ensuring that the Parents and Grandparents Program is accessible and fair for all Canadian permanent residents and citizens that want to sponsor their parents and grandparents.

Ottawa has not yet released any information about this year’s PGP to prospective sponsors.

Some prospective immigrants to Canada are growing frustrated with the wait times and apparent randomness of the ITA process for the PGP.

One frustrated foreign national tweeted that “no luck again so it looks like either I am the unluckiest person in Canada or Canadian Immigration has blocked me because this is 13 years of no luck for parent sponsorship.”

He added that “the system is a joke. The government needs to change their system. They need to give more priority to the family case applications and remove this cap. Refugees and student’s permanent residency there is no cap but when it comes to parental sponsorship, there is a lottery system and cap.”

As it stands now, Canadian citizens and permanent residents outside Quebec can sponsor their parents and/or grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada under the PGP. IRCC operates a lottery system for the PGP.

Citizens and permanent residents submit an Interest to Sponsor form before being placed in a pool and then IRCC makes random draws from the pool and issues ITAs.

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For you to be eligible as a sponsor:

  • You must be at least 18 years
  • You must live in Canada
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • You must have enough money to support those they you want to sponsor by meeting the minimum income requirements for the previous three years. Candidates can include a co-signer in their application, allowing them to combined income.
  • You must be able to support your family members financially.
  • You must agree to financially support the parent or grandparent for 20 years from the date they are approved for permanent residence.
  • You must reimburse the government for any social assistance paid out to the parent or grandparent during that time.

For someone to be eligible to be sponsored:

  • They must be the parent or grandparents of the Canadian citizen or permanent resident related by blood or adoption
  • They must be the parents and grandparents of spouses or common-law partners
  • They can be brothers and sisters or half-brothers and sisters of citizen or permanent resident of Canada

More than one person can be sponsored if the sponsors meet the financial requirements.

Lariviere suggested that “if applicants were not invited to apply as part of previous PGP intake and they would like their parents and grandparents to come to Canada, they may be eligible to apply for a Super Visa which could let them stay in Canada for up to two years at a time.”

The maximum validity date for the multiple entries Super Visa is 10 years or on month prior to the applicant’s passport’s expiry whichever is earlier. So with the Super Visa, parents and grandparents can obtain temporary residence come to Canada and visit their close relative and stay for two years.

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