Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) update

IRCC is sending the Parents and Grandparents Program invitations 2022

Update: IRCC finished sending invitations through the Parents and Grandparents Program

On October 11, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022. That week, IRCC began to send Invitations to Apply to 23,100 potential sponsors who previously submitted an Interest to Sponsor form in 2020. According to IRCC, this is “enough” to make sure they will receive their goal of 15,000 complete applications.

“Building on recently announced enhancements to the parents and grandparents super visa, opening a Parents and Grandparents Program sponsorship intake and accepting up to 15,000 applications in 2022 demonstrates the government’s commitment to reuniting families while strengthening Canada’s immigration system.”

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Over the next week, IRCC will send invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from that pool instead of opening a new interest to sponsor form. This is the same approach taken for the 2021 intake.

About the application intake process for Parents and Grandparents:

  • Candidates who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020, but who did not receive an invitation to apply in January 2021 or September 2021, are encouraged to check the email account they provided when they submitted their interest.
  • The invited candidates can use the new Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal. These portals allow applications to be submitted electronically.
  • IRCC will once again use a lower income requirement for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents. For the 2020 and 2021 tax years, the income requirement for sponsors will be the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%. Also, regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits will be allowed to be included toward the sponsor’s income.

Candidates who do not receive an invitation

If you are not invited to apply within the next two weeks, you can consider applying for a super visa. The Super Visa is a multi-entry visitor visa that is valid for up to 10 years. Moreover, it allows people to visit their children or grandchildren for up to 5 years at a time. Major reforms to the Super Visa came into effect on July 2022. The changes include the following:

  • The length of stay for Super Visa holders increased to 5 years per entry into Canada.
  • Moreover, people who have a super visa also have the option to request to extend their stay by up to 2 years while in Canada. This means super visa holders are now able to stay in Canada for up to 7 consecutive years.
  • Canada’s Immigration Minister now has the authority to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to Super Visa applicants in the future. Currently, only Canadian insurance providers can provide the necessary medical coverage that super visa applicants are required to have.

You can read more about this visa, here.

Our Parental sponsorship 2021 article covers all the basics you need to know about this program. Our CEO and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), Al Parsai, also recorded a video for you.

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