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IRCC Unveils Changes to the Parents and Grandparents Program for 2023

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September 10, 2023

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Naju Gadhavi

IRCC Accepting 15,000 Sponsorship Applications for Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) This Year

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has just unveiled an update regarding the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). For this year, IRCC is prepared to accept a maximum of 15,000 complete sponsorship applications under the PGP.

Starting on October 10, IRCC will commence sending invitations to apply to a pool of 24,200 potential sponsors who have expressed interest, with the goal of receiving a total of 15,000 completed applications.

Instead of initiating a new round of interest submissions, IRCC will be sending invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from the pool of submissions made in 2020. If you submitted an interest form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply in 2021 or 2022, it is recommended that you check the email account you provided when you submitted your interest form in 2020.

For those who are invited to apply as part of the 2023 intake, IRCC will continue to use the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, which enables electronic submission of applications.

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan

In 2022, IRCC extended invitations to 23,100 potential sponsors, inviting them to apply for the sponsorship of their parents and grandparents, with the objective of receiving 15,000 completed applications.

Each year, IRCC releases its Immigration Levels Plan, which serves as a blueprint for its operations and outlines its objectives for welcoming newcomers to Canada.

For 2023, Canada’s target for new permanent residents is set at 465,000. Specifically, the goal is to welcome 28,500 parents and grandparents during the year.

By 2025, Canada aims to reach a newcomer target of 500,000, with the aim of welcoming 36,000 parents and grandparents.

The Super Visa

The Super Visa is a popular choice among Canadian citizens and permanent residents seeking to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada.

This visa is temporary and grants parents and grandparents the privilege of visiting their family in Canada for up to five consecutive years without needing to renew their visitor status. Super Visa holders are allowed multiple entries into Canada over a 10-year period. Additionally, those already holding a Super Visa may be eligible to apply for an extension, allowing them to remain in Canada for up to seven years as visitors.

Unlike other immigration programs, the Super Visa is not subject to a lottery system and is available throughout the year, providing greater predictability for those interested in sponsoring their parents or grandparents.

To be eligible for the Super Visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Not be inadmissible to Canada due to criminal or health-related reasons.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to meet the income requirements as determined by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO).
  4. Provide a signed letter from their child or grandchild in Canada, including a commitment to provide financial support throughout the visit and details of the household members’ list and numbers.
  5. Present evidence of medical insurance coverage for at least one year with a Canadian insurance company.

SPS Canada invites you to take the first step towards your Parents and Grarandparents Program application today. With a team of seasoned experts boasting over 22 years of experience, we are here to guide you through the process seamlessly. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and let’s embark on this journey towards your future in Canada together.


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