The Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship (PGP) program 2023 has started today. From October 10 to October 23, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will send invitations to apply to 24,200 potential sponsors who have expressed interest.
These invitations will be sent over the next two weeks to eligible sponsors who submitted their interest in 2020. IRCC aims to receive 15,000 complete applications during this period.
What is Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship (PGP) Program?
The Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship (PGP) program is designed to allow Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada as permanent residents.
It’s a way to reunite families and ensure that your loved ones can enjoy the benefits of living in Canada.
Who Receives Invitations?
IRCC has now started sending invitations to sponsors who submitted their interest in 2020. This means that if you expressed your interest in sponsoring your parents or grandparents in 2020, you could be receiving an invitation soon.
Understanding the income requirements is crucial for sponsors. These requirements help ensure that sponsors can financially support their parents or grandparents once they become permanent residents. Here are the income requirements for parents and grandparents sponsorship (PGP) program 2023:
|Each additional person||$9,324||$7,120||$6,985|
Note: These are the updated income requirements for 2023.
As shown in the table, the income requirement for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship (PGP) Program 2023 depends on the number of people in your family. To sponsor your parents or grandparents, you need to meet the income requirement for your family size.
Once you receive an invitation to apply, you’ll need to navigate the application process. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
1. Receiving an Invitation
IRCC sends invitations via email to the address provided in the 2020 interest-to-sponsor form. To avoid missing the invitation, regularly check your email, including the spam folder.
2. Confirming Invitation Status
On October 23, 2023, IRCC will post a link on their official website. Use the link to find your lost confirmation number. Confirm whether you’ve been invited to apply. If needed, update your email address.
3. Submitting Applications
Upon receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency, it is essential to complete two applications:
- sponsorship application
- permanent residence application
If both applications are approved by IRCC, sponsors are required to sign an undertaking agreement, effective from the day their parent(s) or grandparent(s) obtain permanent residency in Canada.
Approval and Undertaking Agreement:
Upon approval, sponsors are required to sign an undertaking agreement, which remains valid for 20 years from the day your parent(s) or grandparent(s) become permanent residents of Canada.
The fee for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program (PGP) in 2023 is $1,080.
If you don’t receive an invitation this year, another possibility is applying for a Super Visa.
The Super Visa is a special type of visa for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. It allows them to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada for up to five years without having to renew their visa.
This visa lets them visit multiple times over a period of 10 years. The great thing about the Super Visa is that it’s always available and doesn’t depend on a lottery system.
The Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship program is an excellent opportunity to reunite with your loved ones in Canada. Stay updated, check your emails regularly, and follow the application process diligently.
With these simplified guidelines, you are well on your way to welcoming your parents or grandparents as permanent residents of Canada.
For more detailed information and application updates, visit the official IRCC website. Best of luck with your sponsorship journey!