In an update to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced that it will accept up to 15,000 complete sponsorship applications this year.
On October 10, IRCC will send invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors, aiming to receive up to 15,000 complete applications.
Instead of opening a new interest form, invitations to apply will be sent to randomly selected potential sponsors from the 2020 pool of submissions.
In the event that you submitted a sponsorship interest form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation in 2021 or 2022, you should check the email address you provided in 2020. The Permanent Residence Portal and the Representative Permanent Residence Portal will continue to allow applications to be submitted electronically in the case of an invitation to apply as part of the 2023 intake.
In 2022, the IRCC invited 23,100 sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents. The aim of these invitations was likely to receive a sufficient number of applications to meet their target.
Canada has set an immigration goal for 2025, with the aim of welcoming 500,000 new immigrants. Additionally, they plan to admit 36,000 parents and grandparents during this period.
The Super Visa
The Super Visa is a popular option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada.
It allows parents and grandparents to reside with their family members in Canada continuously for up to five consecutive years without the need to reapply for visitor status. Super Visa holders also have the privilege of making multiple entries into Canada within a ten-year period.
The Super Visa stands out as an attractive choice for individuals looking for added certainty when sponsoring their parents or grandparents.
In order to be eligible for the Super Visa, an applicant must:
- Be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Not be inadmissible to Canada on the basis of criminality or health
- Prove that they can meet the income requirements identified by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO)
- Provide a signed letter from their child or grandchild inviting them to Canada, and includes a promise of financial support for the length of the visit and the list and number of people in the household of this person
- Provide proof of medical insurance coverage for at least one year with a Canadian insurance comp