IRCC Updates Parents and Grandparents Program for 2023
Canada_Immigration   Sep 12 2023
Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has changed its policies and introduced an update to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). Under this update, IRCC will have 15,000 complete sponsorship applications within the current year.
Starting on October 10, IRCC will initiate the process of sending invitations to apply to a pool of 24,200 potential sponsors who have expressed interest in participating. The goal is to receive 15,000 complete applications from this group.
In a departure from previous years, instead of opening a new interest to sponsor form, IRCC will use the pool of submissions made in 2020 for the invitation to apply.
Suppose you submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but have yet to receive an invitation to apply in either 2021 or 2022. In that case, we encourage you to check the email address you provided in 2020 when you initially submitted your interest to the sponsor form.
For those invited to apply as part of the 2023 intake, IRCC will continue to utilize the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal to facilitate the electronic submission of applications.
Immigration Levels Plan: In 2022, IRCC extended invitations to 23,100 potential sponsors to apply for the sponsorship of their parents and grandparents, with the ultimate aim of receiving 15,000 complete applications. Each year, IRCC unveils its Immigration Levels Plan, which guides its operations and outlines its objectives for welcoming newcomers to Canada.
For 2023, Canada's target is to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents, with a specific goal of receiving 28,500 parents and grandparents as part of this influx.
Looking ahead to 2025, Canada's newcomer target increases to 500,000, with an anticipated intake of 36,000 parents and grandparents.
The Super Visa: The Super Visa remains Canadian Citizens, and permanent residents can. Sponsor their parents. Or grandparents to immigrate to Canada. This Visa is temporary and permits Parents and grandparents to visit their families for a maximum of five consecutive years without any restrictions. They need visa renewals. Super Visa holders can make multiple entries into Canada over up to 10 years.
Moreover, those already holding a Super Visa may be eligible to apply for an extension, allowing them to stay in Canada for up to seven years as visitors.
Unlike other programs, there is no lottery system for the Super Visa, and it is available year-round. This makes it an excellent option for those seeking greater certainty when sponsoring their parents or grandparents.
To be eligible for this Visa, applicants have to meet the following criteria:
- To be eligible, you must be either A person who is the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- Not be inadmissible to Canada due to criminal or health reasons.
- Demonstrate the ability to meet the income requirements as per the Low-Income Cutoff (LICO)
- Provide a signed invitation letter from their child or grandchild inviting them to Canada, which includes a commitment of financial support for the duration of the visit, along with details about the number of people in the household of the inviter.
- Furnish evidence meets the requirements. You must have medical insurance coverage from a Canadian insurance company for at least one year.
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