Canada’s annual immigrant intake through the Parents and Grandparents Program(PGP) is predicted to increase by more than an third in the next three years to 32000. As per the new Immigration Levels Plan of Canada, the country will be welcoming 25000 new immigrants in 2022; 28500 new immigrants in 2023 and 32000 new immigrants in 2024 through the Parents and Grandparents Program. This indicates an increase of 36 percent compared to the year 2021, in which 23500 PGP newcomers were welcomed by Canada.
The Parents and Grandparents Program of Canada allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents in Canada. It currently operates on the basis of a lottery system where the prospective sponsors can submit an Interest to Sponsor form to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) during a one-month window.
The sponsors who are selected randomly from the pool will be invited to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents in Canada. They can submit the application within 60 days. However, it is not known when will the IRCC start accepting applications for Canada PGP 2022. It is understood that the IRCC is now processing the PGP applications that it has already received, before opening the application window for PGP in the current year.
Canada PGP: Eligibility to sponsor
To be eligible to sponsor their parents and grandparents through this immigration program, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Live in Canada
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- Have the financial capacity to support the sponsored person. The sponsor must have met minimum income requirements in the previous three years.
- The applicant must agree to support their parent/grandparent for 20 years from the day when they become a Permanent Resident in Canada
- They must also agree to reimburse the government any social assistance paid out to the parent/grandparent during that time.
Parents and Grandparents Super Visa
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may also bring their parents to Canada with the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa. It allows a parent or grandparent to visit Canada for up to two years. Multiple entries are allowed under this visa, for a maximum period of 10 years.
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