Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) Reinstated For 2024

Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) Reinstated For 2024

Yogita Sharma Published:
May 18, 2024

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will reopen the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 3 days from today, i.e., on May 21st, 2024. The IRCC plans to distribute 35,700 invitations to potential sponsors, with the objective of approving 20,500 complete applications for Canadian permanent residency.

The next round of invitations will focus on individuals who submitted their profiles in 2020 for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). This marks the fourth consecutive year where only profiles from the 2020 pool are considered, utilizing a lottery-based system. Invitations will be sent to the email addresses provided on the "interest to sponsor" form, and sponsors are encouraged to regularly monitor their emails starting from May 21st. All invitations are anticipated to be sent within approximately two weeks.

Conditions for Permanent Residency (PR) via PGP

Confirm eligibility: sponsors need to meet specific criteria, including residing in Canada, possessing the financial capability to provide support, and meeting minimum income standards. Furthermore, they must commit to sustaining their parents or grandparents for a duration of 20 years (or 10 years if in Quebec). To be eligible for the 2024 round, applicants need to have submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 and should not have received invitations in 2021, 2022, or 2023.

Verify invitation: following the restart of the PGP lottery, sponsors are advised to monitor the email address provided on their interest to sponsor form for an invitation. Invitations will be dispatched over a two-week span starting from May 21st.

Upon receipt of an invitation to apply (ITA), sponsors are required to promptly submit their thorough application through either the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Residence Portal, if they are utilizing an authorized representative, within the timeframe specified in the invitation email.

The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) plays a crucial role in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada's efforts to reunite families. It enables Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residency in Canada. Upon approval, beneficiaries gain permanent resident status upon arriving Canada.

What if you do not receive invitation via PGP?

If you're not chosen for the PGP, another alternative is the Super Visa route. This option permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for an extended visitor visa. Unlike the PGP, the Super Visa program operates continuously throughout the year, providing sponsors and applicants with flexibility.

Approved recipients of the Super Visa can stay in Canada for up to five years initially, with the possibility of extending their stay for an additional two years. Upon expiry of their Super Visa status, they have the option to reapply. IRCC aims to process all Super Visa applications within 112 days, with 67% of applications meeting this goal between 2022 and 2023. The Super Visa presents an alternate avenue for individuals seeking to reunite with family members who are not selected in the PGP lottery.

Check if you qualify to sponsor your parents or grandparents. Check out our Settlement Resources to learn how to find employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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