The Parents and Grandparents Program will be available once again this autumn. Discover all you need to know about Super Visa and what to expect about this program.
What is the Parents and Grandparents Program?
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is an immigration program in Canada that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come and live in Canada as permanent residents. This program aims to reunite families by providing an opportunity for parents and grandparents to join their loved ones who are already living in Canada.
The PGP is a popular program among immigrants who wish to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. Through this program, sponsors can demonstrate their commitment to family reunification and support their loved ones in starting a new life in Canada.
To be eligible for the PGP, sponsors must meet certain requirements set by the Government of Canada. These requirements include meeting the income threshold, providing financial support to their sponsored relatives, and signing an undertaking to financially support them for a specific period of time. Sponsors are also required to prove that they have sufficient income to support their sponsored relatives without needing social assistance from the government.
The PGP has an annual cap on the number of applications that can be accepted. This cap is set by the government and is typically filled within a short period of time due to the high demand for the program. Therefore, it is important for sponsors to be prepared and submit their applications promptly once the program opens.
In order to apply for the PGP, sponsors need to submit an interest to sponsor form during the specified application period. If their form is selected, they will receive an invitation to submit a complete application.
The Updates of the Parents and Grandparents Program
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced an update regarding the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).
Starting from October 10, IRCC will initiate the process of inviting 24,200 potential sponsors who are interested in applying, with the goal of ultimately receiving up to 15,000 complete applications.
Owing to the existing pool of submissions from 2020, invitations to apply will be extended to potential sponsors randomly selected from that pool, instead of initiating a new interest to sponsor form. Therefore, individuals who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply in either 2021 or 2022 are encouraged to review the email address they provided in 2020 during the previous submission.
Another way out to receive your parents and grandparents in Canada is the Super Visa. It is a popular option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada.
The Super Visa is a temporary visa that enable parents and grandparents to visit their family in Canada for up to five consecutive years without the need to renew their visitor status. Therefore, for those who aspire to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada but do not receive an invitation this year, an alternative option to explore is having their parents or grandparents apply for a super visa.
The super visa is a multiple-entry visa with a validity of up to 10 years. Recent improvements to the super visa program enable holders to stay in Canada for extended periods of up to 5 years at a time, with the flexibility to further extend their visit by up to 2 years at a time without the necessity of leaving the country.
These enhancements facilitate longer and more convenient reunions for Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their parents and grandparents in Canada.
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