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PGP or SUPER VISA which is the best option for your parents and grandparents

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June 11, 2024

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PGP or Super Visa which is the best option

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) reopened on May 21st. But there’s a catch! Canadian immigration is only considering applications submitted in 2020 for a fourth year in a row. This means people who wanted to sponsor their parents/grandparents after 2020 can’t apply yet. However, in this blog Let’s find the perfect fit for your parents/grandparents: Permanent residence (PGP) or extended visits

What is the availability for PGP and Super Visa?

The availability of PGP or Super Visa is very different from one another.The PGP happens once a year and it has very limited availability due to the IRCC’s decision to only consider eligible sponsor from the 2020 intake. The PGP works on a lottery system, which only opens once a year.
On the contrary, a super visa happens all around the year and also considers all the applicants, new and old.


Eligibility for both programs


  • Both programs are for parents and grandparents of Canadians (citizens or permanent residents).
  • You need to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor in either program.

Who can apply for the PGP?


  • You must have submitted an “Interest to Sponsor” form on the IRCC website in 2020 only.
  • You need to be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You have to live in Canada and provide proof of your immigration status when you submit your interest to sponsor.
  • Must have submitted sponsor interest in 2020.
  • 18+, Canadian citizen/resident/registered Indian.
  • Live in Canada (proof required).
  • Meet minimum income (spouse’s income counts).
  • Financially support sponsored relatives for 20 years (10 in Quebec).
  • Repay potential social assistance for 20 years.

Who can apply for Super Visa?

  • Be outside Canada when you apply.
  • Prove your host in Canada is eligible:
    • They must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or registered Indian.
    • They need to be 18 or older and live in Canada.
    • They must meet minimum income requirements.
  • Show your relationship to your sponsor in Canada.
  • Pass a medical exam and criminal background check. (This applies to both PGP and Super Visa)

PGP vs. Super Visa: Immigration Outcomes

PGP (Permanent Residence):
  • Successful applicants can live, work, and settle in Canada permanently.
  • They have almost the same rights as Canadian citizens.
Super Visa (Temporary Residence):
  • Successful applicants can stay in Canada for up to 7 years (with extensions).
  • Their stay is temporary, similar to work or study permits.

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