The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in Canada is a popular immigration program that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residency. The program aims to reunite families by allowing parents and grandparents to join their loved ones in Canada.

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is scheduled to resume this month, with IRCC gearing up to extend invitations to potential sponsors.

In a recent announcement, the department confirmed that starting May 21st, 2024, it will dispatch 35,700 invitations, aiming to approve 20,500 complete applications.

Who will be qualified for the upcoming PGP round?

– Under the PGP system, applicants will be invited at random (through a lottery system).

– Individuals who submitted their applications under PGP in 2020 to apply for the 2024 intake, will be considered for the upcoming round of invitations.

– If invited, invitations will be sent to sponsors through an email provided on their interest-to-sponsor form.

How to Obtain Permanent Residence through the PGP?

To secure permanent residence (PR) via the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), applicants must:

– Ensure they fulfill all pertinent eligibility criteria, such as being qualified to sponsor, residing in Canada, signing an undertaking, and meeting minimum income requirements, among others.

– Fill out an interest to sponsor form on the IRCC’s website. For eligibility in the 2024 round, applicants must not have received an invitation to apply (ITA) in 2021, 2022, or 2023.

– Upon receiving an ITA, sponsors must submit their application through either the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Residence Portal (if utilizing an authorized representative) by the deadline specified in the invitation email.

– Once an application is lodged, IRCC aims to process it within 112 days. Between 2022 and 2023, the department managed to process 67% of applications to this standard.

If they are not selected?

In this case, you will still be able to bring your parents and grandparents to Canada through the Super Visa pathway. Similar to PGP, PR holders and citizens in Canada can sponsor their parents and grandparents but as temporary residents.

If approved under Super Visa, they will be able to stay in Canada for a maximum of 5 years per entry, with the ability to extend this stay for two years. Super visa is valid for 10 years, which you can reapply after its expiry.

Unlike PGP, the Super Visa pathway is available throughout the year, with sponsors being able to apply around the year. Applications submitted under both PGP and Super Visa are processed within 112 days from receipt.

Under the Canada Immigration Levels Plans 2024-2026, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is planning to welcome 32,000 immigrants through the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) – in 2024 alone. This number will rise to 34,000 immigrants for 2025 and 2026 each.

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