IRCC in an email on March 14, 2022 said it is yet to determine when the application process for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022 will open.
IRCC is looking to welcome about 25,000 new immigrants under the PGP this year under the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 and it will rise to 28,500 in 2023 and 32,000 in 2024.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the details on the new PGP application process were usually released each January but in 2020 and 2021, IRCC provided the information in the autumn.
The PGP is one of the most popular immigration streams and in autumn 2020, over 200,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents submitted expression of interest forms showing their desire to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
As a result of the interest in the PGP, which far exceeds the number of available spot under the Immigration Levels Plan, IRCC decided to hold random lottery in recent years. Sponsors selected in the lottery are then invited to submit permanent residence sponsorship applications to IRCC.
Sponsors will have to meet the following eligibility criteria when the PGP application window is open:
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- Must reside in Canada
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must meet the minimum necessary income level for the PGP. Married and common-law partners can co-sign applications as they combine their income as part of their application. The sponsors need to be able to provide their proof of income to IRCC through their Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Notices of Assessments
- Agree to sign a legal undertaking committing to financially support the sponsored individuals for 20 years and promise to repay any social assistance claimed by the sponsored individuals during this period.
Super Visa An Alternative
IRCC also encouraged prospective sponsors to consider applying for a Super Visa as this will enable parents and grandparents to initially come to Canada as visitors for two years.
The Super Visa can be renewed multiple times over a 10-year period. IRCC accepts Super Visa applications all year round. There is also no cap or no country quota.
The Super Visa can be a very good option for those who want to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada in the near future as sponsors can still apply for permanent residence under the PGP even if their parents and grandparents have obtained a Super Visa.