The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has unveiled the much-awaited update on the 2023 Parent and Grandparent Program.
This year, Canada is set to accept up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the esteemed Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2023.
Between October 10 and 23, 2023, the IRCC will commence sending invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors. Later, IRCC expects to receive a maximum of 15,000 complete applications by the end of the process.
Invitees under PGP 2023 intake will continue to benefit from the user-friendly Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, allowing for the seamless electronic submission of applications.
This exemplifies Canada’s commitment to modernizing its immigration system while expediting and simplifying the application process.
PGP 2023 is Not Open to New Profiles
To address the backlog of forms from 2020, the IRCC will select potential sponsors randomly from the existing interest pool.
IRCC encourages individuals who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply in the subsequent years to monitor the email account used for the 2020 submission.
There are no plans to launch a new interest pool to sponsor form.
A sponsor form is a formal document used by Canadian citizens or permanent residents to express their interest in sponsoring a family member, such as parents or grandparents, for immigration to Canada.
The total intake levels are close to PGP 2022. Moreover, the new permanent resident target by 2025 is 500,000, including 36,000 under the parents and grandparents program.
The Super Visa: Attractive Alternative
For those who yearn to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada but do not receive an invitation this year, an attractive alternative – the super visa.
This multiple-entry visa is now valid for up to 10 years. It comes with enhanced features, including the ability to stay in Canada for 5 years at a time. There is an option to extend visits by up to 2 years without departing the country.
These improvements significantly ease the process for Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to reunite with their extended family members.