Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is a unique Immigration program allowing both Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their own parents and grandparents for Canadian permanent residence. This allows these parents and grandparents to obtain Canadian permanent resident status and enjoy associated benefits such as access to universal healthcare and an eventual pathway to citizenship in this country.
The IRCC conducted its lottery between October 12th and October 20th 2022. They have confirmed on their website that they’ve concluded issuing 23,100 invitations to apply to sponsor for the 2022 PGP.
Using the tool on the IRCC website, you can also check to see if you were invited to apply. Email invitations were sent out to the original email address on file from the 2020 application. If an email was not able to be sent, a physical invitation was mailed to the address on file. If IRCC’s online tool indicates that you were invited, but you did not receive an invitation either by email or mail, applicants can ask for a copy using IRCC’s form.
Candidates receiving an invitation have 60 days to file a completed application. “If you were invited to apply, we must receive your application by the deadline shown on your invitation to apply letter,” IRCC said on its website.
Quebec has its own additional sponsorship requirements. Sponsors residing in Quebec must meet the Quebec immigration sponsorship requirements after being approved as a sponsor by IRCC. The Ministry of Immigration, Frenchisation and Integration (MIFI) also assesses the sponsor’s income and requires an undertaking to be signed.
Candidates who were not invited this year should consider the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa.
The multiple-entry visa is valid for up to 10 years and, as of July 2022, the length of stay for Super Visa holders increased to five years, with the option to request an additional two years while in Canada.
Under a regular multiple-entry visit visa, that period is usually six months or less.
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