Ottawa: Canada has announced the application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022, which allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada as permanent residents.
Member of Parliament Sonia Sidhu, on behalf of the Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, alongside Member of Parliament Shafqat Ali, today announced that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to reunite families by accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the Parents and Grandparents Program this year.
This week IRCC will send out invitations to 23,100 capable and interested sponsors to ensure that they can meet its target of 15,000 applications. These invitations will be sent over a period of 2 weeks.
Instead of inviting fresh applications for sponsoring, IRCC will select competent sponsors from the pool of competent sponsors of 2020.
“We’re committed to helping reunite families, while strengthening our immigration system. Today in Brampton, @SoniaLiberal and @Shafqat_Ali_1 announced that this year’s Parents and Grandparents Program will be accepting up to 15,000 applications,” Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship wrote in a tweet.
He said that over the course of the next two weeks, invitations will be sent to 23,100 interested potential sponsors.
The same approach will be adopted for the 2021 intake. People who have submitted sponsor forms in 2020 and January or September 2021, if they have not been invited so far, they are now being asked to check their email account, which they had submitted at the time of filling the form.
In addition, keeping in mind the financial difficulties faced by Canadians due to the pandemic, IRCC has put a minimum income condition for parents and grandparents sponsorship.
Canadians who wish to reunite in Canada with their parents and grandparents, but who have not been invited this year, can get a super visa, multiple entry visa (which will be valid for 10 years) for their parents and grandparents.